Current vacancies

Chelsea Physic Garden 350: Assistant Project Curator

Ahead of our 350 Anniversary year in 2023, we are looking for an Assistant Project Curator to research and create content that unlocks our collections.

As part of our anniversary celebrations, we will be researching and creating several works on our 350 Defining Plants. The postholder will support the creation of the list of plants, and capture some of the reasons that make these plants defining. They will undertake the research, and also create content to be used in blog posts, a zine series, and the delivery of a refreshed guidebook for the Garden.

The Assistant Curator will report into the Director & Curator of Chelsea Physic Garden and work closely with internal stakeholders such as the Head of Plant Collections and Commercial Director.

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This is a fixed term role of 12 months, working an average of 35 hours per week. The Garden offers 33 days leave per year including the 8 public holidays. The salary on appointment will be in the range of £30,000-£33,000 (dependent on experience). Flexible working is encouraged but with a core of days at the Garden to undertake some of the archival research required.

The closing date for completed application is Monday 4 July 2022, 4pm. To apply please complete our application form below.

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Fundraising Assistant

Position: Permanent
Hours: Part time, 0.4 FTE. 14 hours per week over two days.
Some evenings may be required for fundraising events
Holidays: 14 days including public holidays
Salary: Pro rated £10,100 per annum

About the role
The Fundraising Assistant will support the Fundraising Manager and Development Director to ensure all fundraising activity and campaigns run smoothly. The role will focus, initially, on database and record management and will grow and develop with the individual and as part of future fundraising campaigns.

The key areas of responsibility will be record management, financial processing, administrative support, and assisting in the planning and delivery of fundraising activities. The postholder will be an active member of a small fundraising team and have the potential to learn and develop a variety of different skills and an in-depth knowledge of fundraising and donor relationship management.
Applications close: 5pm, Sunday 24th July
Interviews: 2nd or 3rd August

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Finance Assistant

Position:  Permanent
Hours: Full time 35 hours per week (including some evenings and weekends)
Holidays: 33 days including 8 public holidays
Salary: £26,000-£28,000

About the role
The Finance Assistant be responsible for all aspects of the purchase and sales ledger for both the charity and enterprise functions, for the processing of invoices through to payment runs and supplier statement reconciliations. They will be responsible for all balance sheet reconciliations including monthly bank reconciliations.

They will support the Finance Director with VAT returns and cash flow analysis and management. They will work with budget holders to provide analysis and insight linking financial reporting to business performance, including leading on compilation of the key performance indicators and monthly management accounts and reports. They will support the year end processes and annual audit.

Applications close: 4pm, Thursday 14 July
Interviews: Thursday 21 July

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Youth Panel 2022 member

Chelsea Physic Garden wants to recruit up to ten young people aged 16-24 to join its first ever Youth Panel. Youth Panel members will help steer Chelsea Physic Garden’s decisions and activities, making sure we represent and become a place for younger people. You will have the opportunity to learn about the Garden and work going on behind the scenes. You will help us by representing the youth voice that the Garden is currently missing. As the this is our first ever Youth Panel for Chelsea Physic Garden, you will leave a legacy, shaping the panel for future members in years to come.

We want to build awareness of Chelsea Physic Garden in our local community and wider audiences across London and the U.K. Engagement with different audiences, including young people, is a key goal for us and we want to listen and involve young voices to achieve this.

What you get from being a part of the Youth Panel
You will receive training, gain a range of transferable skills, improve your knowledge and understanding of how a charity and business operate, and have the opportunity to voice and action your suggestions for change.

How to apply
Registrations for this role will close at 9am, Monday 28 February, 2022.  To find out more go to the Youth Panel website.

Please contact Katie Weston, Volunteer Development Manager, via if you have any questions about the role or need the registration form in a different format. If you have an access need you would like to let us know about at this stage, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions. 

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Facilities and Maintenance Technician

Chelsea Physic Garden is seeking to appoint our first Facilities & Maintenance Technician, to support the ongoing annual programme of facilities and maintenance works and aid planning for future site redevelopments. The Technician will ensure that facilities and maintenance issues are handled safely and in a professional and efficient manner.

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Our Application form is available to download, please use it for the job you wish to apply for, clearly stating the role you are applying for. Also, please complete and send us this equal opportunities form with your application. Please note, that we cannot accept applications via a CV or resume. 

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Chelsea Physic Garden is an inclusive employer. If any aspect of our application process poses a barrier to you, please get in contact via and reasonable adjustments can be arranged.

Chelsea Physic Garden is a London Living Wage Employer

Chelsea Physic Garden has existed on the banks of the Thames since 1673, delivering its founding mission to demonstrate the importance of medicinal and herbal plants to the well-being of humankind.

The Garden has a successful education programme, a thriving membership and annually welcomes over 50,000 visitors. As a financially self-supporting charity, the Garden’s challenge for the future is to reinforce its relevance and popularity whilst strengthening its diverse income streams.

Chelsea Physic Garden is an inclusive employer. We welcome applications from everyone, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, and people from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Working at Chelsea Physic Garden is rewarding; not only do you get to work in an iconic and beautiful location, a number of benefits exist for employees. To view them click below.

Staff benefits

Become a Horticultural Trainee

Horticultural traineeships give trainees a chance to experience the various aspects of working in a small botanic garden, gaining experience in practical horticulture and the management of a unique plant collection, with scientific research and educational applications, both outdoors and under glass.

Our 2022/23 Horticultural Trainee is supported by:

  • Finnis Scott Foundation
  • Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
  • Lord Leverhulme’s Charitable Trust

An additional two-year entry-level trainee post is funded as part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project to restore our historic glasshouses, our thanks go to all the funders.

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We also rely a large network of volunteers

Are you a people person dedicated to a high standard of customer service, who would like to spend time in London’s oldest botanic garden?