April 23, 2024

Career opportunity: Garden Administrator, Northern Ireland

To apply, please send your CV and one page covering letter to Head Gardener Matthew Lee by emailing matthew.lee@horatiosgarden.org.uk

We are seeking a friendly, organised, part-time administrator, to provide support to the Head Gardener at Horatio’s Garden Northern Ireland, at the Spinal Cord Injuries Unit, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast. This is the charity’s seventh and newest garden, designed by nine-time RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, Andy Sturgeon.

Horatio’s Garden is a nationwide charity creating and nurturing beautifully designed gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

The beautiful garden includes a boccia court, water feature, garden pods and a large garden room to give patients a warm sheltered place to enjoy the garden in all weather. The garden also features a large glasshouse, and an area of raised beds for patients where garden therapy sessions will be held, and a comfortable Head Gardeners office, looking out over the garden.

The Garden Administrator will join a team of six other dedicated administrators across the charity’s existing projects. You will work closely with the full-time Head Gardener and a team of volunteers to nurture the beautiful space for patients and their visitors.

You will be responsible for the administration of the garden and coordination of the large group of volunteers. With the Head Gardener, you will also arrange social events for patients, their families and visitors.

The role is a fantastic opportunity for a confident administrator who is efficient and organised, with great IT skills, and a love of spreadsheets. You will need to be adaptable and friendly and happy working with volunteers and patients. An understanding of the healing benefits of gardens would be beneficial. We welcome informal enquiries.

The role is a part-time salaried post for 15 hours based in our garden, with flexibility for overtime to cover when the Head Gardener is on leave or absent from the garden.

We are an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As a charity we are committed to creating and promoting a culture that protects and preserves the welfare of the vulnerable people in our care. Our safer recruitment practices support this by ensuring that there is a consistent and thorough process of obtaining and evaluating information from and about candidates including criminal record checks, to ensure that all persons appointed are suitable to work for our charity.

Working closely with the Head Gardener you will be involved in:

  • Volunteer coordination, training and recruitment
  • Support the Head Gardener with administrative duties
  • Ensure the garden and buildings are presented to a high standard at all times
  • Develop administration methods to support the efficient running of the garden
  • Event support
  • Garden tour organisation
  • Purchasing necessary supplies for the garden
  • Banking donations
  • Posters and marketing around the garden
  • Managing merchandise
  • Other duties to support the efficient running of the garden

Essential skills:

  • Outstanding attention to detail, proactive, lots of initiative and drive
  • Excellent IT competence, agility and experience with using Microsoft 365 programmes, in particular Excel, Word, Outlook, and SharePoint
  • Administrative experience, at least 2 years
  • Great written and verbal communication skills, in person, over the phone and in writing
  • An adaptable and flexible attitude
  • Approachable, friendly and the passion to advocate the values of the charity


  • Experience of volunteer coordination and recruitment
  • Experience of events organising
  • Appreciation of gardens and their ability to heal
  • Bookkeeping

This role is 15 hours a week over three days and with a salary of £9,690 per annum/full time equivalent of £24,224 per annum.

To apply, please send your CV and one page covering letter to Head Gardener Matthew Lee by emailing matthew.lee@horatiosgarden.org.uk

Salary: Part time £9,690 per year, full-time equivalent £24,224 per year

Part-time hours: 15 hours per week, over three days

Application deadline: 3rd May 2024

Expected start date: June 2024

Job type: Part-time, permanent

Work location: In person

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