Gardens Manager (Buckingham Palace)
It’s caring for the gardens that thousands will admire
It’s developing others whilst growing your own skills. And it’s the pride in leading a team at the heart of a world famous institution. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.
As Gardens Manager, you’ll be responsible for the maintenance and presentation of the Buckingham Palace Garden and its surrounding areas to an exceptional standard.
Leading a dedicated and talented team, you’ll use your skills and expertise to deliver all important lawn maintenance and the caring for shrub, herbaceous and rose borders.
You’ll relish the challenge of ensuring our gardens are presented to the highest standards and take pride in watching thousands of people enjoying them each year at Garden parties.
But you won’t just be looking to conserve the status quo. You’ll also be instrumental in shaping the future of the Gardens.
With a commitment to horticulture, you’ll be focused on delivering on our projects to conserve and enhance our gardens rich biodiversity.
As a People and Project Manager with responsibility for the overall operation of the Gardens, you’ll ensure the team are adequately resourced and developing their skills and expertise, whilst keeping an eye on budget and compliant with horticultural and H&S regulations.
If you’re as passionate about plants as you are about people then this role will inspire you to deliver.
As an expert in horticulture management, backed up with a relevant qualification (such as HND, ND / NVQ 3 or RHS Level 3 or even a Botanic Diploma in Horticulture), you’re exactly who we’re looking for.
You’ll have significant experience managing a team and will be keen to use your knowledge to develop others and introduce apprenticeship and training opportunities. Working closely with colleagues will be important to you, and you'll have an adaptable communication style and a collaborative approach to work.
You’ll have previous experience delivering maintenance for a high quality landscape garden through others, ideally within a historic environment. This means you have excellent knowledge of lawn maintenance, and cultivating a broad range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Able to demonstrate a range of horticultural craft skills, you’ll be well equipped to use the wide range of garden machinery we have here, including rotary machines and large mowers. Ideally holding a clean UK driving license, you’ll also be confident driving a lorry as part of your duties.
It’s a busy environment, so your excellent time management and organisation will be an asset to the team.
With lots of initiative and a creative eye, you'll also be keen to contribute new ideas for developing the gardens and grounds. And you'll take great pride in your work, delivering beautiful results in all you do.
Benefits include a 15% employer contribution pension scheme (with the option for flexibility - to increase contributions or draw down as salary),training and development, as well as a range of catering and recreational facilities.
This vacancy is closed to applications.