Location: South West

Contract: Full time (2 year appointment)

About the role

The National Trust looks after over 200 historic gardens and landscape parks, encompassing more than 500 years of history and a vast range of garden styles and fashions. Collectively, they contain one of the world’s most diverse and important collections of cultivated plants. Many are living links with the property’s origins and creators, or are rare examples of plants now endangered in the wild. In addition, they take care of over 248,000 hectares of land, containing tens of thousands of amazing ancient and notable trees.

The Trust are currently transforming the way they record information relating to the most significant plants in our care, including the implementation of a new plant records system (IrisBG). Knowledge and understanding helps ensure they can protect these plants for future generations to enjoy and learn from, and enables us to tell inspiring and fascinating stories about them to our visitors.

*Please note this role requires some travel and will either be home-based or at the nearest regional hub*

To help the Trust transition to the new plant records system, they are looking for someone who loves delving into the detail of records, manipulating information and coming up with the answers. You will also help support the users of the system across the country, provide training and on-site help with garden surveys.

You’ll need to be well organised and have a head for detail. You’ll also be someone who enjoys solving problems and working with others to help them with technical challenges. Good communication skills will be essential as well as an ability to plan and prioritise work. At times you will need to work independently and you’ll certainly need to be adaptable and able to ‘think on your feet’.

To be successful you should have:

  • Knowledge of relational databases and manipulation of data
  • Knowledge of best practices in training, documentation and user procedures
  • Some knowledge of mapping (GIS) systems
  • Understanding of the importance of conservation data and processes
  • An appreciation of garden plants and their historical and cultural relevance
  • Some knowledge of plant recording, nomenclature and/or plant surveying
  • Ability to use MS software packages (including Excel and Access) to an advanced level
  • Ability to work in a methodical and analytical way and to present data for management decision making
  • Ability to create and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external customers
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including listening and diplomacy

Closing deadline

27th February 2018

How to apply

Further information, including full application details, can be found on the National Trust website.