Seasonal Gardener

  • Job Reference: 00029822-1
  • Date Posted: 24 June 2024
  • Recruiter: The National Trust for Scotland
  • Location: Inverewe Garden
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: £24,960 pro-rata, per annum
  • Sector: Temp, Interim & Seasonal, Venue, Attraction, Travel and Entertainment, Customer Service
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description


To assist in the maintenance of Inverewe Garden as an internationally recognised garden of outstanding horticultural importance, contributing to its conservation and development, and to its enjoyment by visitors and supporters under the supervision of the Garden Team.


Assisting the Gardener Team with general horticultural duties to the required standards expected by the Trust and for the maximum safety of, and enjoyment by, visitors. Activities may include:

Undertaking practical maintenance of the garden (e.g., managing shrubs and herbaceous borders)

Grass-cutting, strimming, hedge-cutting and raking/collection.

Cutting of lawn edges

Hand-weeding of beds and borders

Planting out tender perennial

Application of mulches and compost

Assisting with general property maintenance duties and for the maximum safety of, and enjoyment by, visitors. Activities may include:

Refuse disposal.

Raking gravel paths

Assisting as required with the general enjoyment of the gardens and estate by:

Responding to general visitor enquiries

Assisting at events held within the garden or on the estate.

Assisting with interpretation activities such as answering basic horticultural enquiries from visitors and providing clear and accurate plant labeling.

Working with the full-time staff to foster positive relationships with local communities, visitors and promoting the work of the Trust, and actively seeking opportunities to increase Trust membership.

Working with volunteers to ensure they deliver required outputs at the appropriate standard and gain benefits from their volunteering.

Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s health, safety and environment policies and procedures to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors. This includes recognition of the Trust’s environmental policy with respect to sustainable gardening policies.

Undertaking such other reasonable duties as may from time to time be required to ensure the smooth running of the property as required by the Head Gardener.