GT seeks Historic Landscape Project Officer

Hub The Gardens Trust

The Gardens Trust is looking to appoint a part-time Historic Landscape Project Officer. This role supports our work with volunteers throughout the country to help conserve historic designed landscapes.

The Gardens Trust is the only UK national charity dedicated to protecting and conserving our heritage of designed landscapes. We campaign on their behalf, undertake research and conservation work, and encourage public appreciation and involvement. County Gardens Trusts (CGTs) are locally-based charities across England caring for designed landscapes, operating independently but linked through the Gardens Trust. In the 21st century, volunteers from the CGTs have a vital role to play in the research, recording, history and conservation of our heritage. Through its Historic Landscape Project, the Gardens Trust supports and builds capacity within CGTs in working proactively to help conserve historic designed landscapes. The post is challenging but the experience is exceptional!

You will work with a wide range of stakeholders, from CGT volunteers and Gardens Trust members, to Local Authority officers and those of the National Amenity Societies and Historic England. Your role will be to help create networks, design and deliver training, raise awareness, and grow skills and sustainability. In any week you might be organising venues, liaising with CGT volunteers, drafting guidance materials, running social media, curating our online Resource Hub, collating questionnaire results, nurturing our online discussion forum, or delivering training workshops and meetings. There’s plenty of scope for you to bring your ideas and skills to the role, as well as learn from those you will work with.

We’re looking for a self-starter with enthusiasm, commitment, organisational skills and flexibility. An understanding of heritage and conservation is essential. The post is offered on the following terms:

  • £27,300, pro rata
  • 7 hours/week, but with the flexibility for additional
    projects if required
  • Home-based with travelFunding is currently secure until end-March 2020 but has consistently been renewed so we are looking for a candidate who seeks work for this period but with a desire to extend the post beyond 2020.

The post is part-time for an average of 7 hours/week but a willingness to be responsive is required as some weeks will be busier than others. Additionally, we are seeking further projects and will request that the successful applicant undertake some of these in additional paid hours. The post-holder will work primarily at home but will also need to be available for travel to other parts of the country.

Download the HLPO Recruitment Pack 2019 and HLPO Application Form 2019.

Closing date for applications is 25th March 2019, interviews will be held in our London office on 4th April.

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Painswick Roccoco Gardens, the Red House, Photo © Joab Smith