Become Gibside's heritage trainee volunteer

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

Created by coal baron George Bowes (1701-1760) the gardens here form one of the rarest surviving and grandest designed landscapes in the North; from the Chapel to the Column to Liberty; the Walled Garden to the ornamental ponds and everything else in between.

The Grade 1 Listed gardens and parkland were almost certainly designed by the garden designer Stephen Switzer (1682–1745) and with over 700 acres to care for, there's certainly lots to do.

If you enjoy working outdoors and have skills in horticulture, 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 an event programme to offer visitors an enjoyable experience whilst they are here.


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

  • One year of experience with a well-known and renowned heritage organisation.

  • On the job training to add to your CV.

  • The opportunity to take part in the NT ‘Heritage Skills Passport’ scheme.

  • Based at a North East visitor attraction that is growing.

  • 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.