Gardener Volunteer Role Description

Gardener Volunteer Role Description

Place of Volunteering: Fort Amherst, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4UB

Reporting to: Volunteer Supervisor

Responsible for: Assisting in the maintenance and appearance of all of Fort Amherst’s grounds.

Role profile: Working as a member of the gardening team you will play an integral part in Fort Amherst’s future by helping to maintain and develop our grounds which have significant historical importance.  The projects involved within the gardening team vary greatly and some days you could be working with a team of up to twenty, other days independently potting plants in one of our sensory gardens.  This role offers a great opportunity to extend on your existing skills whilst meeting new friends and acquaintances.

Working hours: As agreed with the volunteer supervisor but a regular volunteering pattern of a certain number of hours per day / week / month would be expected to allow tasks and activities to be scheduled and completed.

General tasks:

These include:

- Grass cutting, weeding and strimming.

- Caring for grassed areas and wildlife gardens.

- Maintenance of the Memorial Garden, Herb Garden and Picnic Area.

- Planting and caring for seeds.

- Potting on.

- Pruning and deadheading.

- Planting up hanging baskets and pots and caring for the same. Clearing undergrowth and bushes within areas of the Fort not usually open to the public.

You will need to be able to:

- Follow Health and Safety guidance and use equipment in accordance with any guideline or manufacturers guidance.

- Ensure that any tools that have been supplied by the Fort are returned in a similar condition to how they were supplied.

- Advise the Volunteer Supervisor of any damaged equipment.

- Ensure that Health and Safety of our visitors, volunteers or staff is not compromised in any way. 

- Liaise with the Volunteer Supervisor regarding any incidents that may occur throughout the day.

Should you have a specific skill please discuss this with the Volunteer Supervisor (i.e. professional gardener, or have experience in horticulture etc.)

Appearance Guidelines: As Fort Amherst is a visitor attraction and a public park, you will be expected to wear appropriate clothing at all times so as to maintain a professional image. Further details of the clothing policy can be found within the volunteer guidelines As this role involves work outside it is important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and the tasks being completed Should Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be needed you will be issued with it accordingly. Please note that if you supply your own PPE it is your responsibility to ensure it is in good condition and suitable for use.

Conduct Guidelines: As Fort Amherst is a visitor attraction and a public park, it is important that we portray a professional image.  Swearing, offensive language or behaviour of any type will not be tolerated and will lead to disciplinary action being taken. In your role you may be approached by a member of public with questions about the Fort and its history. If this happens please assist them as much as possible, in a polite manner.  Should you not know the answer to the visitor’s question please ask another team member or direct the visitor to enquire at the Visitor Centre.

Legal Requirement: Should you be responsible for a team of people at Fort Amherst you may require an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check.  This will be arranged and paid for by Fort Amherst Heritage Trust. Should you have any concerns regarding this check please speak with the Volunteer Supervisor first before the CRB request is submitted.

Training & Development: Where required any training will be provided by way of “on the job training” from other experienced members of our gardening team.  After you have been with us for some time and subject to agreement by the Trust there may be the opportunity to participate in nationally recognized certificates, such as NVQ.