Job Opportunity: Head Gardener

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Head Gardener

Permanent role, 37 hours per week, salary £27,741 – £32,234

Closing date: 30 April 2021

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head Gardener to play a key role in the conservation, preservation and enhancement of all the outdoor spaces belonging to the newly formed Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust (RPMT).  The Royal Pavilion garden is the only surviving Regency era garden in the country, while the gardens at Preston Manor are comprised of formal gardens including a listed Walled Garden.

RPMT is about to embark on developing an exciting National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) funded project to transform the Royal Pavilion garden. The Head Gardener will be a key member of the Project Team and will be responsible for certain aspects of the delivery of the project outcomes.

About you

The postholder will be the strategic lead for planning how to manage a historic garden in a city centre setting. We are looking for someone who has knowledge and an understanding of historic landscapes, a high level of horticultural experience, leadership and people management skills, good people skills with both internal and external customers and a proven track record of managing budgets and projects. The postholder will need to be confident in managing Health and Safety to the standards required. They will be responsible for managing the garden team and volunteers daily and must be confident in prioritising workloads across the gardens and outdoor spaces and thinking about the bigger picture and vision of RPMT.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please email the following documents to

  • A personal statement explaining why you are interested in the role and what skills and experience you would bring. Please keep this to a maximum of 2 pages.
  • Your CV, including at least two referees (references will only be contacted with prior permission and only if an applicant is offered the role)
  • A completed Application Pack: RPMT Application Pack [DOCX]
  • A completed Equalities Form: RPMT Equalities Form February 2021 [DOCX]

The closing date for applications for this role is Friday, 30 April 2021.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this role please contact Chloe Tapping, Director of Collections and Conservation

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