Location:                                Raby Castle
Department:                        Leisure and Tourism
Employment Basis:          Full-time, Permanent
Salary:                                    Competitive above NMW
Closing Date:                       31 May 2022


Job details

The Raby Estate is currently embarking upon the largest single project for generations. Known as The Rising, the project involves the restoration and repurposing of heritage buildings at Raby Castle, a new visitor car park, play area, events space, café and visitors centre as well as a redesign of the historic walled garden.

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Assistant Gardener. This is a newly vacant position during an exciting time of change and expansion within Raby Estate gardens. The position will involve working closely with the Head Gardener to achieve Lord and Lady Barnard’s ambitions for the gardens.


What you will be doing

The five acre walled garden is being reimagined by designer Luciano Giubbilei. All areas outside the walled garden, accessible to the public, are being designed by Alistair W Baldwin Associates, encompassing the car park, café gardens, setting to the new visitor centre, reimagined flower gardens and newly designed gathering spaces next to some key historical buildings.

The successful candidate, with support from the Head Gardener and the Assistant Head Gardener, will work within the gardening and landscaping team alongside volunteers and will be responsible for all aspects of horticulture and presentation within the walled garden and wider landscaped areas, as well as garden facilities and irrigation. Including the five-acre walled garden, the entire site extends to approximately 24 acres.

What we need to see

We are looking for someone who has previous experience of maintaining gardens that are open to the public in a historic setting. Confidence in public speaking as the gardens attract many visitors during the year who may stop and ask questions about the surroundings.

You need to have a flexible approach to duties, work well within a team and independently be organised and an effective communicator. We are looking for someone who can show honesty, integrity, enthusiasm and capacity for hard work and attention to detail with a cheerful approach and ‘can do’ problem solving attitude.

You will need good horticultural experience and a level 2 or above in an associated subject. Good knowledge of Health and Safety is a must.

PA1 and PA6 Spraying and basic chainsaw certificates would be an advantage.


Overview of Raby Estates

Raby Castle near Staindrop has been the home of the Vane family for generations and is open to visitors. Lord and Lady Barnard seek to develop the Castle and grounds so that it becomes one of the foremost visitor attractions in the North.

The Raby Estate comprises substantial landholdings and trading operations including in-house farms, let farms and residential property, along with sporting enterprises across Estates in Co Durham and Shropshire. We also have visitor attractions at Raby Castle, High Force Hotel and Waterfall in Upper Teesdale and The Wrekin in Shropshire.

As well as the Estate’s own Home Farm in Raby Park, there are many tenanted farms and a large number of houses and cottages in villages around Teesdale, many are whitewashed farmsteads and houses where families have been tenants for several generations.


What we’ve got to offer

It is people that make a place, without people, a place is simply an empty shell. At Raby this is certainly true, it is our people that make Raby special.

We strive to offer our employees an excellent working environment and the tools to perform, enabling them to achieve their goals and be the best they can be.

As well as some of the most iconic locations to work we offer:

  • Attractive Salary
  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of statutory holidays)
  • Group Pension Scheme (7.7% employer contribution)
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Uniform
  • Free car parking
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Continuous improvement through staff training and staff development programmes
  • Discounts at our retail and food outlets
  • Discounts at our Shropshire holiday cottage and High Force Hotel
  • Free access into our leisure attractions at Raby Castle and High Force
  • Private, behind the scenes tour of Raby Castle
  • Raby Estate social events throughout the year
  • Possibility of Accommodation
How to apply

If you would like to be part of our journey and feel you have the necessary skills, experience and personality to undertake this role, we’d love to hear from you.


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