Garden Assistant, Ross-shire
Inverewe is one of Scotland's most significant gardens. It has a world class collection of plants, particularly remarkable given the location and climate on the wind-swept coast of north-west Scotland. It is this location however and the warm currents of the North Atlantic Drift which allow the cultivation of exotic specimens more commonly found in locations such as New Zealand, Chile and the Mediterranean. We are looking for volunteers with a genuine love of gardening to assist with the day to day maintenance of the gardens, including weeding, planting and (after training) working with garden machinery. Volunteers should have a general knowledge of plants and practical horticultural skills to enable them to work alongside our expert garden team. If you enjoy working outdoors, and live in the Poolewe area, then this opportunity may be perfect for you!
Inverewe Garden is open all year, with extended opening times during summer. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide accommodation with this vacancy.
Flexible (during Weekdays) To Meet The Needs Of The Property And Volunteer.
Volunteers can assist in the care and maintenance of one of the National Trust for Scotland’s most remote gardens, as well as helping to improve the environment and Scotland’s bio-diversity. This assistance allows Inverewe to remain open to the public.
• Working as part of a team with other volunteers and staff within the garden • Carrying out a range of tasks involved in the maintenance of the garden, including digging, weeding, and planting • Welcoming visitors to the garden and informing them about the plant collection and the history of the garden. • After training, there may be opportunities to work with garden machinery, including mowers, strimmers, chipper, shredder, etc. • Providing information to visitors about the Trust and its work (when required)
An induction to the Trust and the property will be provided, along with ongoing supervision and on the job training by a nominated volunteer manager. Volunteers will be given all necessary training for the role, including specific training in tool handling, health and safety and customer care. There may be a requirement to attend further training from time to time.
Essential: • Interest in / enthusiasm for horticulture or gardening. • Basic gardening skills and experience. Desirable: • An interest in the work of the National Trust for Scotland. • Further education / work experience in horticulture • An ability to work independently when required. • An ability to relate well with people from a range of backgrounds • Due to the nature of the volunteer role, an up to date tetanus injection is recommended.
The Trust’s volunteer policy outlines its commitment to the volunteer programme. The Trust values volunteer input and recognises volunteers as partners in the work of the organisation.
Volunteers have the opportunity to become involved in further events. They also receive: • The opportunity to meet other like-minded people, and to gain skills, knowledge and experience in the heritage and environment sector, as well as meet people from all over the world. • Join in social events and attend lectures organised from time to time by properties and the National Trust for Scotland. • Learn about Scotland's history, culture and environment. • After 40 hours volunteering, receive a Volunteer card entitling the holder to free entry to NTS properties, and a 20% discount in NTS shops.