Head of Gardens

Website The Diggers Club

Exciting opportunity to oversee the strategic planning, development and maintenance of our gardens at our sites in Victoria.

 A Unique Opportunity in Australia

  • Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Live Out
GBP 60,000 – GBP 69,999 / AUD120,000+ DOE

Leadership Gardening Role

  • Join an Australian business that genuinely exists for purpose, not profit
  • Unique and rewarding career opportunity in a key leadership position
  • Contribute to preservation and conservation
Bring your vision, passion and expertise to help inspire the love of gardening. 

About Us:

The Diggers Club is Australia’s largest gardening club, with around 85,000 members and 120 staff. The Club is owned by The Diggers Foundation, an Australian garden charity dedicated to preserving historic gardens and promoting heirloom seeds and plants.

The Diggers Club logo

Our complex and dynamic organisation includes gardens and historic properties, seed trials, a production nursery, cafés, glamping, and online and bricks-and-mortar retail located across several sites in Victoria and South Australia. You can find out more about us and our beautiful gardens on our website www.diggers.com.au/
Our mission is to inspire a love of gardening and the joy and fulfilment of connecting with the natural world, bringing together people, plants and our planet. We will do this by educating and inspiring gardeners, providing challenging, practical and credible ideas, and enabling their success with the knowledge to create beautiful and productive gardens.
With that in mind, we have created a new and exciting employment opportunity as we seek to appoint a Head of Gardens.

Role Overview:

As Head of Gardens, you will oversee the strategic planning, development and maintenance of our gardens at our sites in Victoria and help drive the growth of garden visitation by creating exceptional visitor experiences, fostering relationships with external partners, providing marketing content including contributing to our periodic magazine.
Heronswood Gardens
Heronswood – home of The Diggers Foundation

Key areas of responsibility for this broad and varied role will include:

  • Strategic planning: ensuring long term plans for each of our unique gardens are aligned with the overall vision and mission of The Diggers Foundation and incorporate initiatives for education, preservation and public engagement.
  • Gardens management: setting and maintaining the high level of presentation expected for members and visitors and managing the implementation of innovative and sustainable practices.
  • Products and trials: connecting our product departments and the gardens to trial, showcase and display our products to members.
  • Membership, Education and content: actively participating in the development of visitation for the gardens including developing high quality visitor experiences, cultivating relationships with external partners and other stakeholders to enhance Diggers’ reputation and impact, and providing garden-based marketing content.
  • Team management: leading and inspiring the team to work collectively to achieve gardening and organisational goals.

To be successful in this role, ideally you will demonstrate:

  • Success in managing elite level gardens
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in gardening, with at least 5 years in a leadership role
  • Successful management of assets and properties including planning and project execution
  • Solid understanding of the central role gardens and plants play in a sustainable future
  • A passion for gardening and a commitment to preserving and promoting heirloom seeds and plants and strong interest in making a difference through sustainable practices that show concern for people and our planet’s future
  • Business acumen and project management skills that maximise impact through effective resource allocation and management
  • A bachelor’s degree in horticultural science, communications, or a related field is preferred.

Why consider this opportunity?

On offer are competitive remuneration, generous staff benefits, opportunities for professional development, and a work environment that is genuinely conducive to personal well-being. Visa sponsorship will be provided to the right candidate.
Reporting to our CEO, and leading a team of horticulturalists, gardeners and support staff, this is a full-time permanent position, expected to be 5 days (37.5 hours) per week across Monday to Friday. Our head office is in Dromana in the breathtaking Mornington Peninsula and travel to all our sites in Victoria will be required.

To apply:

If you are excited by the prospect of contributing to our mission via this unique role, we encourage you to apply with your resumé and a cover letter outlining your suitability to jan.lockwood@diggers.com.au.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so don’t delay.