This job has expired

Crop Technician Garden Apprentice - Level 3

National Trust
Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

View more

Agriculture & Animal Care
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Advanced
Start Date
24 months+

Job Details


An Apprenticeship with the National Trust Garden team. 

We employ more than 600 gardeners, from Apprentices and Assistant Gardeners to Head Gardeners and Garden Managers We care for over 200 gardens and 190 historic parklands reflecting 500 years of UK garden history. Our gardens are home to the largest plant collection in Europe. Our gardeners are responsible for the conservation and development of our gardens and plant collections for an increasing number of members and visitors. We also support people’s access to nature and heritage through partner projects within our city centres. Our gardeners are responsible for their care, conservation and regular maintenance to share with our ever expanding audience.

Further information on the Apprenticeship Standard Crop technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

To apply for this role, please submit a covering letter that introduces yourself and answers the following questions:

⦁ What do you understand about the Apprenticeship scheme?

⦁ What do you know about the National Trust, and what attracts you to this role?

⦁ What skills do you think would be the most important for a Crop Technician Garden Apprentice based in our kitchen garden?  

This can lead to an assistant gardener or gardener role and potentially move to an L3 Horticulture Supervisor apprenticeship after the additional experience. 


What it's like to work here

Acquired by the National Trust in 2002 the garden at Tyntesfield is extensive and varied and includes a productive walled kitchen garden, Orangery, cut flower garden, glasshouses, rose garden, formal terraces, arboretum and boating lake. Built by the Gibbs family in the 19th century  using profits from the sale of guano the garden has remained relatively unchanged since the early 1900’s. The kitchen garden includes a variety of walled trained fruit and is planted annually with a wide range of vegetables, some of which are used in the onsite restaurant. You will be working with a team of 7 garden staff (one of which is based in the kitchen garden) and over 35 volunteers. 

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, commonly known simply as the National Trust, is an independent charity and membership organisation for environmental and heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the largest conservation charity in the United Kingdom.


What you'll be doing

You’ll be working with your Trust Line Manager/ Mentor on tasks specific to your apprenticeship, as part of the wider team, and working outdoors in all weathers. You’ll attend, and prepare for, monthly review meetings with your Provider Mentor and be accountable for your progression concerning the Apprenticeship Standard. You’ll be required to complete and upload relevant evidence to the appropriate e-portfolio system to document your progress and maintain timesheets for Off-the-Job training. You’ll abide by the Trust’s ways of working and uphold our Values and Behaviours. You’ll be required to complete mandatory e-learning courses and training and prepare for exams if applicable.  You’ll need to attend six block weeks of training at our nominated college for your garden, with all travel, food and accommodation costs covered.

Who we're looking for

Applications will be assessed against the below criteria, as well as the content of your cover letter

The minimum standards required for this role are:

⦁ Team player with the ability to work independently or as part of a wider team

⦁ Keen to learn, be committed to self-development and enthusiastic about acquiring new skills 

⦁ A genuine passion for gardening, nature and the outdoors

⦁ Good attention to detail

⦁ 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 including English and maths or equivalent and 2 A levels or equivalent


The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice


National Trust place

Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1NT


Compliance.Eligibility to Work in the UK

Additional information

Closing Date: 12 February 2023

Interview Date: 28 February 2023

You will start work wc 27 March 2023

To apply for this vacancy simply click the 'apply' button in the top right hand side of the page.

For some of our roles at some locations, you’ll need to complete our online assessment instead of using a C.V. or online application form. This will help us understand more about your strengths and give you an insight into the role. For these roles and locations you’ll only need to complete an assessment for a particular role type once in any six month period.

For other roles apply using a C.V. / cover letter or complete the online application form. Shortlisting is carried out objectively by assessing the information you provide against the requirements of the job as set out in the vacancy details on our website. If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted and invited to attend an interview.

If you need any help with you application, i.e. due to technical difficulties, please call us on 0370 240 0274

If you require an adjustment to the application or interview process, for example due to disability or medical condition, please call us on 0370 240 0274 or email us direct at and we'll support you as best we can.

Equal Opportunities Statement

The National Trust celebrates diversity and is committed to creating a fair and equal society, free from discrimination. You can read more about our commitment to inclusion and diversity here.

Safeguarding Statement

The National Trust is committed to a safe recruitment processes to help the organisation attract and appoint the right staff/volunteer for the role and responsibilities as set out in the vacancy advert. We will not accept applicants who are not suitable to work with children, young people or adults at risk. If you have any questions around your suitability for this vacancy, please contact the people service centre.

Please note we reserve the right to close this advert early and therefore we encourage you to apply for this position early.


Our 21st-century ambition is to meet the needs of an environment under pressure, and the challenges and expectations of a fast-moving world.

Underpinning this is our renewed commitment to diversity and inclusion and playing our part to create a fair, equal society, free from discrimination.

We want to continue to maintain the highest standards of care for everything you help us look after, while working in a way that feels relevant and necessary to people and their day-to-day lives. Finally, we want to equip everyone in the National Trust with the skills and resources they need to do their jobs with ease and confidence, and to feel proud of our work.

Our strategy For everyone, for ever, which will take the organisation through to 2025, outlines how we will achieve this. We will: 

Look after the places in our care by:

  • reducing our conservation backlog and funding our annual conservation needs 
  • reducing energy use by 15% and sourcing 50% of energy from renewables by 2020/21, against our 2008 usage as a baseline

 Play our part in restoring a healthy, beautiful natural environment by:

  • improving our habitats, soils and water to a good condition for nature on our estates
  • working with others to conserve and renew the nation’s most important landscapes
  • developing and sharing new economic models for land use that support nature
  • championing the importance of nature in our lives today

 Create experiences of our places that move, teach and inspire by:

  • raising the standard of presentation and interpretation at all the places we look after
  • making our outdoors experience better for all ages and needs
  • revealing and exploring our cultural heritage through events and exhibitions

Help look after the places where people live, by:

  • finding new solutions for managing local green space
  • celebrating local heritage and equipping communities to care for it
  • engaging in shaping good housing and infrastructure development

 Welcome everyone, for ever, by:

  • making our places better for people who need support to access them, working through partnerships and testing new approaches
  • working with others to increase access to parks and green spaces in, around and near urban areas
  • playing our part to create a fair and equal society, free from discrimination.

 Our staff, volunteers, members, donors and supporters will all help us to achieve this, and over the coming years we will: improve our membership offer; give visitors better experiences; introduce simpler and more efficient processes for our staff; and create more ways to volunteer and for volunteers to feel their skills are recognised.

Find Us

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert