Join the gardening team

Gardeners working in the Walled Garden at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

There's over 600 acres of land to care for at Gibside, including a Walled Garden, the Orangery and Avenue. Not only that, but this 18th century estate is quite simply put, a very cool place to help care for.

So, if you enjoy being outdoors and would like to join the team, perhaps becoming a Gibside Heritage Trainee (Assistant Gardener) is for you?


What is a Heritage Trainee?

As a Heritage Trainee (Assistant Gardener) at Gibside, for one year you would be working within the Conservation Team, specifically with the Gardening team to develop your horticultural knowledge and practical skills in a historic listed garden. 

The role will involve working with volunteers to deliver exceptional presentation of the outdoor spaces. You will also help to deliver the garden interpretation and event programme to ensure that the visitors have the best experience whilst they are here.


This role is voluntary, so what's in it for you?

  • One year of experience with well-known and renowned heritage organisation plus on the job training to add to your CV
  • Opportunity to take part in the NT ‘Heritage Skills Passport’
  • Based at a property that is growing with its visitor numbers increasing by over 100,000 in just over 5 years
  • A high post volunteering employment success rate - Gibside has hosted residential volunteers through a number of programmes for about 10 years, and just about all of the previous volunteers have gone on to find employment in the heritage sector
  • Free accommodation including utility bills paid by the Trust (with the exception of phone/broadband)
  • Basic food costs reimbursed to you
  • Up to £1,000 of job specific training (focused on the role that you undertake

If this sounds like something you'd like to apply for, or have a question about the role, please contact Head Gardener Deborah Crombie on 01207 541825 or e-mail.