Assistant Head Gardener
What it's like to work here
This magnificent Victorian mansion and gardens are situated in the rural Vale of Glamorgan. The sweeping 55-acre estate features a stunning array of garden rooms and a vast collection of plants. A major restoration project at Dyffryn House has created lots of opportunities within the large gardening operation and visitor experience. If you are creative, ambitious and have a great eye for detail, the dedicated 45-member team would love to hear from you.For more information about the property please visit What you'll be doing
As a key member of the gardens team your role will principally involve running the gardens day to day operations and working with staff and volunteers to help develop the gardens and the team. We’ve a wide range of tools, equipment and horticultural machinery as well as extensive nursery facilities and workshop space to support the improvement of the gardens.
Working closely with the Head Gardener you will utilise your technical expertise and organisation to be able to deliver the consistently high standards that Dyffryn will become known for. There will be plenty of opportunities for your own personal development as the garden is in a very active phase of restoration. You'll have a supporting role for the implementation of a range of projects planned over the next 10 years as well as many smaller in-house renovations. The gardens support all manner of plant collections and habitats, which you will have a role in managing.Who we're looking forDyffryn boasts a wide array of varying horticultural elements and has the potential to house one of the most diverse plant collections in the National Trust. The Assistant Head Gardener will bring with them their broad plant knowledge, and maybe a specialism or two. Over the coming years they will help to develop, along with the rest of the team, a plant collection that will elevate Dyffryn to one of the top destination gardens in the UK.
The successful candidate will need to be highly organised, Dyffryn is a large site with a team and equipment to match. You will need to have an efficient and measured approach to get the best for our people and from them. We’ve a great team of staff and volunteers with wide ranging skills and experience so excellent interpersonal skills are a must.The package
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!