Full time / permanent: 37.5 hrs/week
Working Hours : 5 days a week (37.5 hours per week); 7.30am to 4.00pm
Working Location: Painshill Park Trust Ltd, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE. Due to Painshill’s location, own transport is
Working for : Painshill
Painshill is a Grade I listed 18th century landscape garden of international renown, attracting approximately 200,000 visitors a year. Inspired by landscape paintings and the Grand Tour through Europe, the Hon Charles Hamilton created Painshill between 1738 and 1773, as a living painting. After years of neglect, the grounds fell into disrepair and in 1981, Painshill Park Trust was established to restore the landscape to its former glory.
A registered charity, Painshill Park Trust is managed by a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to ensuring the history and heritage of Hamilton’s vision for Painshill can be enjoyed by everyone ‘walking around the work of art’, discovering dramatic follies, calming waters and simply stunning views. Our staff are part of Painshill’s ambitious plan to drive up visitor numbers and membership through visits to the Landscape, Tea Room and Garden Shop. A programme of ticketed Events throughout the year enhances our portfolio alongside Forest School and children’s seasonal camps, educating and encouraging future generations to enjoy the benefits of nature, history and the outdoors.
About the Role
You would be joining our Landscape Team to assist as directed to ensure the Garden and Estate are presented to the high standards required by the Trust and in accordance with property business and conservation plans agreed with the Trust’s management. You will work as part of the Property Team, promote visitor and volunteer involvement and experience of the Garden and Estate. As this role entails working in areas which are open to the public with potential for coming into contact with children and vulnerable adults, an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be applied for on behalf of the successful candidate.
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Main Responsibilities and Tasks
Soil cultivation – digging, forking, mulching, watering, applying fertiliser, raking, weeding, lawn
edging, pruning, bed preparation and planting.
To assist with plant propagation and nursery stock production.
To assist with the growing, planting and maintenance of the annual plant displays, trees and
To promote professional standards of plant protection to protect the plant collection from pests
and pathogens where possible.
To assist in the management of the National Plant Heritage Collection.
Lawn maintenance – including edging, mowing, spiking and scarifying.
Using and maintaining hand tools and basic light machinery.
Operating rotary and ride-on mowers, strimmers, leaf blowers, hedge cutters etc.
Weed and pest control through cultural and chemical control. (Once training has been
Regular use of pedestrian machinery including backpack blowers, strimmers and hedge cutters.
Basic chainsaw use. (Once training has been undertaken).
Daily checks to any Garden and Estate vehicles or machinery to be used.
Tractor driving including the use of flail mowers, front loaders and trailed implements.
To ensure all equipment, machinery and buildings are secure.
To assist in the keeping of the tool sheds, propagation area, workshops, Estate yard and mess
room reasonably clean and tidy.
To assist in the keeping of the borders, and park footpaths and surrounds clear and free from
litter, snow, ice and debris.
To empty waste bins around the Estate
To assist in some Estate duties e.g. fencing, path repairs and building maintenance etc.
To respond to emergency calls (when called upon to do so).
To assist in weekend duties (such as watering) where required.
To carry out gritting, salt spreading, snow clearing around the Garden and Estate.
To assist with the management of volunteers.
Health & Safety
Ensure Health and Safety regulations are adhered to at all times.
Observe all Health and Safety at Work Regulations as set out by Painshill Park Trust in
accordance with its statutory obligations.
To follow risk assessment, work place inspections and COSHH, to ensure that neither employees,
volunteers, trainees, students and visitors are put at risk.
Ensure all machinery and equipment are maintained and operated to manufacturers’
recommendations and recorded as required.
To inform the Head of Estates and Landscape if concerned about Health and Safety matters.
Maintain the security of the Garden/Estate.
Assist in any measures to protect plants and garden ornaments from theft or damage and to
protect Painshill Park Trust property.
To develop an understanding of the historic landscape and its design under Charles Hamilton.
To understand and work towards the priorities in the restoration of the historic landscape.
Promote and ensure the good reputation of the Garden/Estate.
Undertake any other duties and responsibilities that are compatible with the overall scope and
authority of the appointment.
Assist with the set-up, take down and safe/smooth running of events.
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The post-holder has a duty of care to avail him or herself of the technical expertise that is
available through the Trust’s functional structure.
Some weekend working may be required with this post for which TOIL is accrued.
Promote and represent Painshill Park Trust’s work and policies at all times.
Maintain at all times a high level of horticultural standards and a high standard of customer
Notify the Head of Estates and Landscape as soon as possible if you are unable to attend work.
Be accountable for their own development through the Performance and Development Review
(appraisal) process seeking out opportunities to learn new skills and undertake necessary
training as required by Painshill Park Trust.
In addition, all employees are expected to work within the terms of their contract of
employment and adhere to Trust policies.
This job description indicates only the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It is not intended
as an exhaustive list.
Qualifications and Experience
RHS Level 2 in Horticulture or equivalent
Previous experience of working in a garden open to the public
Familiarity with the cultivation of a broad range of trees, shrubs, bulbs, annual and herbaceous
plants and with their associated craft skills
Capable of undertaking all aspects of horticultural work and the physical challenges of the post
Ability to use and demonstrate all necessary horticultural craft skills and operate machinery to
the highest standards
Benefits of working at Painshill
25 days annual leave, FTE, plus statutory holidays
Discount in the Garden Shop & Tea Room
Free entry to Painshill for you and your immediate family on non-working days
Employee Assistance Programme
TO APPLY – please complete Painshill’s Job Application Form and email to
CLOSING DATE: 28 July 2023 at 5pm