Job opportunities

Charleston is an internationally important home of artists, writers and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury group within the South Downs National Park. The Charleston Trust is an independent charity, enterprising and innovating to ensure the long-term preservation of the fabric of the house and garden. Charleston is also the home to a growing portfolio of festivals including the 10 day Charleston Festival which is now in its 29th year, the Small Wonder Short Story Festival and a new Festival of the Garden.

2018 sees Charleston grow into new spaces with the opening of a destination restaurant, an auditorium in a converted historic barn, and a new building housing five galleries. Charleston will now be open all year, attracting larger and more diverse audiences to the site for exhibitions and a growing public programme of events and learning.

The Trust is looking to meet these new and exciting developments by creating some new positions and opportunities to join our enthusiastic and dynamic team.


Charleston particularly welcomes applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people as they are currently underrepresented in our workforce.

Because of Charleston’s rural location the post holder must be aware that getting to work without use of a car involves some additional planning and commitment.



GARDEN TRAINEE (fixed term for 12 months, full time)

We have a wonderful, exciting position, generously funded by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, for a trainee gardener to work with Charleston’s Head Gardener over a 12 month period. The Garden Trainee will take part in all aspects of the practical work undertaken throughout the site.  The Trainee will benefit from experiencing all seasons in the Charleston Garden including the planning and maintenance of spring and summer displays and perennial vegetable growing, ‘dressing’ venues for events and making flower arrangements and bouquets for performers and for visitor areas.

More information about the traineeship is available here  Stanley Smith Garden Trainee Job Description 2018

All applicants are requested to fill in and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline for applications is by 12noon on Thursday 17th January 2019


Volunteer Opportunities

We offer many volunteering opportunities, from helping with mailings and organising events, to weeding the garden and working with the Curator. Please visit our Volunteering page for current opportunities and to find out more.


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Block Printing with Molly Mahon

Learn the art of block printing with Molly Mahon, with a palette inspired by the colours of the Bloomsbury group.

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Charleston Festival 2019

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