Seeking high performers driven by giving back to the community

Thank you for considering a career with The National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The National Trust is built on the power of the community.

We believe in inclusiveness, diversity and equality and are committed to ensuring that our workplaces are a reflection of that.

We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies.

Listed below are current permanent, fixed-term and casual vacancies. Please click on the vacancy for full details and instructions on how to apply.

Current opportunities

An exciting opportunity exists to become part of Australia’s premier heritage and conservation organisation, working in some of Australia’s most significant historic gardens!

  • Full Time
  • Challenging and rewarding role
  • Fantastic horticultural environment

About us:

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is a community–based, non-government organisation committed to promoting and conserving Australia’s heritage for future generations to enjoy. Founded in 1956, it has since grown to become Australia’s largest community based, heritage conservation organisation that works as an independent, privately funded, not-for-profit body. It is the premier heritage and conservation organisation in Victoria and the major operator of house museums and historic properties open to the public.

The Position:

The National Trust is seeking an experienced and qualified horticulturalist. You will be part of the National Trusts’ team of gardeners, maintaining some of the finest and most significant gardens in the state.  You will be based at both Rippon Lea and Como House and will have the opportunity to work in other gardens throughout Victoria.  Since there is a high level of customer interaction, gardeners will need to exhibit well developed communication skills and are expected to always project a professional attitude towards visitors to our properties.  This is an excellent opportunity for a keen and dedicated horticulturalist to work in a rewarding environment alongside staff and volunteers. If you are passionate about plants and producing high quality results, we want to hear from you!

Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Working with a team to develop and care for the grounds at our Trust sites
  • Undertaking general grounds maintenance duties, ensuring the expected standard of work is maintained at all times.
  • Undertaking horticultural activities at our sites
  • Mowing, edging, snipping, weeding, mulching, planting, pruning, sweeping, litter collection, cleaning and/or any other gardening, property or turf related tasks associated with grounds maintenance
  • Ensuring the safe operation and transportation of vehicle, plant and/or equipment, including performing routine checks
  • Irrigation setup and monitoring
  • Ensuring garden and grounds areas are kept up to high standard
  • Knowledge and understanding of OH&S
  • Assist in the coordination of garden/groundkeeping volunteers and contractors
  • Follow all Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • Identify and proactively manage HS&E risk

To be successful in this role:

  • You will have a qualification of Trade Certificate or greater
  • You have a passion for plants and gardens
  • Proven experience working in large public gardens
  • You have will experience and skills in all facets of large grounds maintenance
  • You have comprehensive experience in the use and maintenance of a range of horticultural equipment and machinery
  • You are experienced in the use of agricultural chemicals (ACUP desirable)
  • You have excellent time management skills, are a team player and comfortable working in groups or alone as required.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • You have a co-operative approach to members of the NTAV community
  • Have a commitment to following OH&S procedures
  • Have a current Victorian Driver’s License (essential)

Sound like you?

Applications will close once a suitable candidate is found. To submit your application in PDF format, in strict confidence, please email

Thank you for considering helping the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The National Trust is built on the power of the community.

Any offer of employment at the National Trust of Australia (Vic) will be subject to a satisfactory Police Records check and Working with Children check.

We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We promote diversity and practice equity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply