If you’re looking for a role that gives back to the community, inspires connections with nature and heritage, and values diversity and inclusion, the National Trust (NSW) is a great place to work.

We are the largest community based, not-for-profit conservation organisation in Australia, operating for over 75 years.

The National Trust has a wide variety of roles in different locations across New South Wales. Whether it’s working in bushland management, caring for historic places, or working with the public to provide a memorable visit, there are many ways to get involved with the National Trust and further your career.

Listed below are our current vacancies. If you have any questions about a role, please contact us on 02 9258 0159 or email hr@nationaltrust.com.au.

To find out more about what we do, visit the about us page.

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Horticulturist – Retford Park
  • Location:   Bowral, NSW
  • Job Type: Full time Permanent, 37.5 hrs week
  • Category: Horticulture
  • Sectors:     Horticulture, Landscape Gardening
  • Reports to: Head Gardener, Retford Park


The National Trust is the largest community based, not-for-profit conservation organisation in Australia, operating for more than 70 years. Our vision is to bring the heritage of New South Wales to life for future generations. We achieve this by advocating for the conservation and protection of our built, cultural and natural heritage and by educating and engaging the community through the sharing and interpretation of all Australian heritage stories in ways that awaken a sense of place and belonging.

Located in Bowral, Retford Park features an elegant Victorian Italianate residence surrounded by over thirty hectares of formal gardens and grounds.

You will be an integral part of the small Gardening team at Retford Park, with responsibility for undertaking and managing the maintenance, restoration and conservation of the grounds and garden according to the Conservation Plan and ensuring a high level of presentation and public safety.

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced and passionate horticulturist who has an excellent working knowledge of Cool Climate gardens and is familiar with the operation of a complex large scale garden. Presentation of the garden and grounds to a high standard is also essential to ensure optimum usage and visitation.

About you

To be successful in this role you will need to have:

  • Excellent horticultural knowledge, an aptitude for maintaining mechanical equipment, an eye for detail, able to manage your time efficiently and effectively and a practical ‘can-do’ approach to your work.
  • You must be organised and able to perform all tasks in a timely manner and to the standards set by the Head Gardener and/or Property Manager.
  • You are punctual and reliable and can work both independently and as part of a team.
  • You will also be largely responsible for overseeing a small team of grounds and maintenance volunteers, so excellent organisational, training and people skills are a
  • As the gardens and grounds are selling points to both properties, you will have a commitment to ensuring the gardens are beautifully presented to the visitor.
  • You have at least 3 years’ experience as a gardener and can turn your hand to anything.

Essential Qualifications and Skills

  • Certificate 3 or Above, in Horticulture
  • Current AQF 3 Chemical Application certification
  • Current Level 1 Chainsaw certification
  • Experience in maintaining large scale gardens
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Current NSW Drivers licence

Desirable Qualifications and Skills

  • An understanding of management principles of Historic Gardens, especially Cool Climate gardens
  • A basic understanding of budgets and financial management skills
  • Computer literacy and willingness to learn new applications
  • Current NSW Working with Children Check number (WWCC)
  • An understanding of and commitment to the National Trust’s aims, objectives and workplace values.

You must be fully vaccinated and have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

  • To apply, submit your CV together with a covering letter addressing the key accountabilities to: hr@nationaltrust.com.au
  • Closing date: 8 October 2023

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Bush Regeneration – Field Staff

Do you have experience in Bush Regeneration or are looking to get into this industry?

The National Trust, Australia’s pioneering Natural Area Restoration NGO is looking for casual bush regenerators. We’re happy to train if you’re new to the industry, but ideally you’ll have started your Cert III in Conservation and Land Management and want to work at least 3-5 days a week for above Award wages.

Applicants must be passionate, hard-working, motivated and keen to learn, and share our passion for conservation work. Vacancies are available working with crews on projects located in the West, North and South of Sydney.

Projects will include, bush regeneration, revegetation, noxious weed control, environmental construction, burn prep and asset protection.

The National Trust values motivated staff and rewards employees by

  • Offering professional opportunities for growth and flexibility
  • Offering interesting and challenging projects in a supportive team environment
  • Actively encouraging employee feedback and ownership of projects

 Ideally you’ll have:

  • Cert II or III in Conservation and Land Management or current enrolment
  • Current Chemical Certificate AQF3 or willingness to acquire
  • Knowledge of local native and exotic plant species and invasive weeds
  • Current Drivers Licence and own vehicle
  • OHS Green/White Card
  • Physically fit for the inherent requirements of the role
  • Ability to work as part of a team and under direct supervision
  • Strong work ethic

It would be great if you also had:

  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Certificate in Chainsaw Operations (level 1) and demonstrated experience using chainsaws
  • Demonstrated experience using brushcutters and augers
  • Demonstrated experience in herbicide spraying using backpacks and high-volume units
  • Previous bush regeneration experience highly regarded
  • Field ID skills for relevant flora and fauna highly regarded
  • Other relevant training and/or experience (e.g. Horticulture) will be considered

If this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for and you would like to work with a highly respected organisation with a rich history in natural area conservation and restoration, please send your resume to bms@nationaltrust.com.au. Immediate start available

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