Cultural Gardener

Location:Guildford, Surrey Salary:£9,000 for the contracted period Interview date:23/01/2020 Closing date:16/01/2020 Job Description:

Watts Gallery Trust, a registered charity, is seeking to recruit an experienced part-time Gardener on a temporary contract to join the Estates team for 6 months.

The Cultural Gardener will undertake a practical, hands-on approach in the maintenance of the grounds and gardens in order to ensure the landscape is upheld and enhanced to the highest horticultural standard. You will continue to develop the landscape by taking inspiration from research and interpretation developed by the Curator of Landscapes, and work with and lead the Volunteer Cultural Gardeners in a variety of tasks, including but not limited to pruning, weed picking, watering and planting. Alongside day-to-day care of the grounds and gardens, you will work with the Estates team and be a driving force in delivering an improved outdoor experience for visitors through your previous gardening experience and horticultural knowledge.

Other aspects of the role will be to support the management of the gardening budget, be the main point of contact for our Cultural Volunteer Gardeners, support the delivery of landscape-orientated projects, play a key role in the decision-making of plant selection, provide knowledge pertinent to the care and upkeep of the grounds and engage staff, volunteers and visitors with the development of the landscape.

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum three years of gardening experience in an arts/culture/heritage/public environment.
  • Experience of working with and managing volunteers and/or other colleagues.
  • Proven ability to efficiently co-ordinate and lead on horticultural projects.
  • An understanding of the importance of landscaping and upholding a high standard of appearance of the grounds and gardens.
  • Awareness and knowledge of gardening materials, health and safety regulations and, desirably, Victorian garden designs.
  • Experience of working or volunteering within a public attraction, preferably a heritage organisation.
  • Excellent horticultural knowledge including environment suitability and specific plant management and care.

Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • RHS Level 2 (or equivalent) or above.
  • Knowledge on horticultural techniques and plant identification.
  • Full driving licence is desirable.

Full job description and person specification is downloadable from our website:

Recruitment Timeline:

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting letter outlining your suitability for the role to Katie Smith, Executive Assistant, at by 12pm (midday) on Thursday 16 January 2020.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 23 January 2020.

Watts Gallery Trust is fully committed to Equality and Diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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