Picton Castle and Gardens

Vacancies

MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT

£18,525 per annum

 Closing Date for Applications 6th August 2021

Are you passionate about historic buildings? Do you wish to learn more about heritage conservation and building skills? We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated and conscientious individual who wants to build a career in historic building maintenance. You will be involved in all areas of maintenance of the Castle and associated buildings including; roofing repairs, carpentry, plumbing, general building maintenance, basic electrics and heritage conservation standards of painting and decorating. You will be provided with extensive on-the-job training and will work under supervision of our Maintenance Manager.

This is an exciting time to join our team. Picton Castle is Grade I historic building, and possibly the finest stately home in Pembrokeshire. The Castle was built in 1280, has magnificent early Georgian interiors and a nationally significant collection. We have recently completed a £1.1 million restoration project in the historic Walled Garden and are looking to expand our work in the Castle. You will be at the heart of the redevelopment of one of Wales’s most prestigious heritage sites.

Essential Criteria

  • Previous general building experience or extensive DIY skills.
  • A minimum of 2 GCSEs at grades A* – C, including Mathematics and English.
  • Willingness to undertake on-the-job training and acquire new skills.
  • An interest in old buildings and a desire to develop a career in heritage building and conservation.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills: interpersonal with a sense of customer focus.
  • Due to Picton Castle’s location applicants must have access to their own transport.
  • Applicants must be over 18.

Desirable Criteria

  • Awareness of Health and Safety in a day-to-day context.
  • Written and spoken Welsh

For further enquiries or to apply please send your CV (including the names of 2 referees) and covering letter to:

Assistant Director, Picton Castle, The Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4AS

or via email to culture@pictoncastle.co.uk

 

GARDENER

£18,525 per annum

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 10th August 2021

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team, in one of the finest gardens in Wales. We are a 40-acre, RHS Partner Garden and have recently completed a £1.1 million restoration project in the historic Walled Garden. Picton Castle Gardens has a nationally important plant collection. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated gardener to help maintain the garden to the highest standards.

What you will be doing

You will be working closely with the rest of the gardening team, including apprentices and volunteers. You will have an active role in maintaining and developing all areas of the garden, in particular in the wider estate of woodland gardens. The range of work includes grounds maintenance (including mowing and strimming), woodland management, planting, weeding, hard and soft landscaping. You will be part of the weekend watering rota and there will be occasional weekend work for events.

What we are looking for

You must have the ability to be work independently and have a reasonable plant knowledge. We are looking for a person with experience of working with a wide range of garden machinery; tractors, chippers, strimmer’s, mowers chainsaws etc. You will have good practical gardening skills and a willingness to work out of doors in all weathers. An appreciation for customer care and service is also important.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL

Education & Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 x GCSEs A*- C (including English & Maths)
  • Full UK driving license

Professional Experience

  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience in horticulture

Skills

  • Basic plant knowledge
  • Experience of a wide range use of garden machinery

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiasm for gardening
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Self-motivated and focused
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Dedicated to excellent visitor care

DESIREABLE

Education & Qualifications

  • NVQ or RHS Level 2 in horticulture or equivalent
  • Certification in chainsaw use
  • Weed control / herbicide accreditation

 Professional Experience

  • Prior work experience in a large garden

Skills   

  • Good understanding of plant cultivation
  • Basic understanding Health & Safety regulations

Personal Qualities

  • Written or spoken Welsh

For further enquiries or to apply please send your CV (including the names of 2 referees) and covering letter to:

Assistant Director, Picton Castle, The Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4AS

or via email to culture@pictoncastle.co.uk

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