Gardens and Countryside Manager role at Chartwell (Closed)

*This job has now closed* Join us at Chartwell, Emmetts Garden, Quebec House and 750 acres of West Kent countryside as our new Gardens and Countryside Manager.

Role: Garden and Countryside Manager (Chartwell Portfolio)

Pay Grade 6: £32,500 - £38,000 DOE

We have an exciting opportunity for a Garden and Countryside manager to lead our team looking after 745 acres of in hand woodland and parkland at Chartwell including two nationally significant gardens, Chartwell and Emmetts Garden and little Quebec House Garden. This role offers the option of accommodation if desired. 

Download the recuitment pack here: Gardens and Countryside Manager

What it's like to work here

With two of the most beautiful gardens in the country, and 390,000 visitors coming to see them each year, this is a high-profile role for an accomplished manager to develop. Being close to London we receive millions of visitors to the West Kent Countryside and as the gardens have just undergone significant restorations programmes, a high level of presentation are now the norm for our visitors.

As the lead for all things Garden and Outdoors related at the Chartwell portfolio of properties, you will be responsible for ensuring the gardens are managed, conserved and developed in keeping with their historical, horticultural and aesthetic spirit. 

You’ll take the lead on environmental policies and safety compliance being met at the outdoor properties and ensure the on-going safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff.

Open day

If you like the sound of this role, we’re holding an informal open day on 9th September. You’ll be able to meet some of our team, explore the park, view the accommodation and learn more about this broad and exciting role. If you have questions about the position, this is an opportunity to find out more about what it's like to work here!

To book onto the open day or if you have any questions please send an email to

Who we're looking for

We're looking for someone who has:

  • Significant horticultural experience and qualifications
  • Experience of land and access management
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent planning and people management skills
  • Proven track record of managing budgets, finances, compliance and small projects
  • Great communication skills
  • Knowledge or understanding of conservation of historic landscapes
  • Experience of organising garden and outdoor activities
  • Experience of writing outdoor management plans
  • A driving licence will be required to be able to travel around the portfolio

This role offers option to be a key representative with accommodation provided, meaning you would live full time at this beautiful portfolio.

Key representative responsibilities include taking part in the required security duties on site, on a rota basis. The accommodation which is offered as part of this package is a two-bedroom flat located at Quebec House. 

More information about being a Key Representative member of staff can be provided at interview or please contact for more information.