Working at The Garden

Join the team!

A major cultural development project, The Alnwick Garden is the largest tourist attraction in Northumberland. The Garden brings employment, education and a broader economic base to this rural area.

As a constantly evolving organisation, the working environment at The Garden is a dynamic one. There’s lots to do, and we always question how best to do things, welcome new ideas and try to take a fresh and innovative approach. Our motto is, "only dead fish swim with the stream".

Most jobs here involve dealing with visitors, or potential visitors, and so The Garden is dedicated to the highest standards of customer service; we are all ambassadors for the project. Attitude and aptitude can be more important than lots of experience. In some roles we can offer real flexibility, and there are opportunities for people with all kinds of needs.



Craft and activities assistant

The Alnwick Garden is looking for creative person to help with our Budding Artist Programme. You will be required to: 

1)Lead, and promote our craft and entertainment activities.

2) Organise the daily operations of craft and entertainment.

3) Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing yourself and other staff, explaining the activity and encouraging their participation.

4) Explain principles, techniques and demonstrate use of materials and equipment

5) Evaluate recreation activities in order to determine if they are producing desired results.

6) Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.

7) Confer with management in order to discuss and resolve participant complaints.

8) Meet and collaborate with TAG staff members from other teams to plan balanced craft and recreational programs for participants.

9) Keep activity areas clean and tidy. Clear down and tidy at the end of the activity.

10) Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems.

11) Attend any training or meetings as requested by line manager.

12)In case of accident notify emergency medical personnel.

Essential requirements

  1. Willingness to dress in costume as required by the programme.
  2. Demonstrate commitment to the aims and principles of TAG Charity
  3. Good communication skills and ability to engage with people from all walks of life.
  4. Good organisation skills, self and volunteers.
  5. Prepared to work in evening and weekend activities as and when necessary.
  6. Ability to work on own initiative.
  7. Outgoing and friendly personality.
  8. Able to work alongside volunteers


Desirable requirements

  1. A performing or arts qualification.
  2. An interest in craft and performance.
  3. Experience of working with children and families
  4. Neat and tidy and polite at all times. 


Zero hour contract on minimum wage. 

If you wish to apply, please fill out an application form (downloadable from the bottom of this screen) along with a CV and send to

Closing Date 31st August 2015. 


Treehouse Restaurant

Waiting Staff

Salary dependent upon experience. 

The Alnwick Garden Treehouse Restaurant isn growing year on year and we now open 6 evenings a week during the summer and 4 evenings a week during off peak season, as such we need to recuit additional full time staff. You will need to be able to work a range of shifts: daytime, evening and weekends. Experience of working in a busy restaurant is essential as is experience in quality customer service. In return you will be offered an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and career. 

If you are interested in joining the team please download an application forms below and send together with your C.V to David Scott, Treehouse Restaurant Manager, The Treehouse Restaurant, The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU or email it to along with your C.V.

Apprentice Chef 

The Treehouse is one of the world’s most unique restaurants and we are looking for an apprentice chef, if you are hard working and have an interest in food this could be the perfect opportunity for you. No qualifications or experience needed. This position comes with a good rate of pay and excellent benefits package.

If interested please contact Adam Robson email - or Tel – 01665 605637 

Closing date - 31st August 2015

Demi-Chef, Commis Chef, Chef de Partie, Sous Chef, Kitchen Assistant

One of the world’s most unique dining locations, The Alnwick Garden Treehouse Restaurant, requires chefs of all levels and a kitchen assistant for permanent positions. You will work straight shifts, no splits.  Excellent rates of pay, a benefits package and share of the tips. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and four evenings for dinner. A great opportunity for someone looking for a new challenge or to progress their position.

Please contact Adam Robson for more information e: or t: 01665 605637

Closing Date: 14th September 2015

Kitchen Porter

The Treehouse is looking for a kitchen porter. You would help to keep the kitchen running smoothly by making sure everything is clean, tidy, safe and hygienic. When a kitchen is busy, equipment such as pots and pans will need to be cleaned quickly and be ready for chefs and cooks to use again. 

If interested please contact Adam Robson email - or Tel – 01665 605637

Closing date - 14th September 2015

Work experience and training 

The Alnwick Garden offers a range of work experience and training opportunities, if you would like to work with our team please download the forms below and send them together with your C.V to


Applying to work with us

Below are links to download the application form and equal opportunities form. Please send these together with a copy of your C.V to the address listed in the relevant job description.

Application form

Equal Opportunities form

If you require further information you can write to or call 01665 511 350.

If you have not heard within 4 weeks of the closing date then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.



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The Alnwick Garden is more than a garden, it is a registered charity that places people at its heart, whether they be individuals or part of a community. As well as standing for contemporary gardening excellence, The Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, addressing disability and the economic renaissance of a rural community.

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