Current vacancies

Chair of the Board of Trustees of Chelsea Physic Garden

We are currently seeking a new Chair of Trustees. We are looking for people with passion, energy, commitment and vision to help reach our ambitious goals.

As Michael Prideaux steps down in 2022, the Garden is seeking a Chair to lead us in the next period of our long history, notably over the period of our 350 Anniversary in 2023. Looking ahead, the Garden will seek to continue its exceptional success in fundraising to restore its current buildings, to engage with new audiences, and to continue to emphasise the power and importance of plants for this generation, and for those to come.

Our next Chair will be instrumental in achieving those goals and will provide support and counsel to the Director and to the Board as we face various strategic questions in the years to come. It is of the utmost importance that the Chair of Chelsea Physic Garden embodies our values and has a deep-rooted passion for plants.

How to Apply:
Chelsea Physic Garden is being supported in this appointment process by executive search firm Perrett Laver. Please see their website for more details and to apply. (This link will take you to an external website).

Closing Date: 9am, Monday 7 February 2022.
Formal Interview Date: Early-mid April 2022.

Salary & Benefits: The role is voluntary but reasonable expenses can be claimed.

For more information and to apply for the role, click the link below.

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Horticultural Trainee (Glasshouses)

This paid traineeship has been part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in conjunction with Chelsea Physic Garden’s Glasshouses Restoration Project. This is a very exciting time to join the Garden. The Horticultural Trainee (Glasshouses) will spend two years working alongside our team of experienced gardeners, volunteers and a wider team of experts.

During the two-year placement, the Trainee will be offered the time and support to study for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (or similar). They will also be offered the opportunity to study for and take the PA1 and PA6a Safe Use of Pesticides qualification.

This role will give the Trainee the chance to gain practical horticultural experience both outdoors and inside the glasshouses while working in a small botanic garden with a rare plant collection. There will also be opportunities to work with our Learning Team who deliver workshops to a wide variety of people.

This trainee position is aimed at candidates with very little experience, and we encourage applications from people from all backgrounds, experiences, ages and communities. No previous experience as a gardener is needed. We will be holding an open day to allow anyone interested in this position to visit the Garden and ask the team any questions they may have. The date is Thursday 27 January.

Contract: Two-year Fixed-Term Contract. Full time. Average 35 hours per week (working hours vary for summer and winter, details below) including weekend working as part of a rota.
Salary: £20,111 per annum or London Living Wage, whichever is the higher
Holidays: 33 days per year including 8 Bank Holidays

Friday 18 February – Closing date for applications

Thursday 3 March – First interview via Zoom (or at the Garden if necessary)

Wednesday 9 March – Second interview at the Garden

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Visitor Experience & Retail Assistant(s)

We want to make Chelsea Physic Garden, a welcoming garden for all and our visitor experience team, as the visitors first point of contact, are essential to delivering this successfully. The Visitor Experience & Retail Assistant(s) is a customer-facing role that engages with everyone who visits the Garden and delivers the daily running of the Visitor Welcome Area and Garden Shop. The role provides an exceptional welcome and level of customer service. The posts support the Visitor Experience Manager to achieve annual targets for visitor admissions, membership conversion, direct debit sign up and gift aid donations. The Visitor Experience & Retail Assistant(s) will support our daily retail operations, uphold retail presentation standards, support visitors with sales enquiries and process purchase transactions.

We currently have x3 contracts available each on a 0.6 FTE, which equates to 856.25 hours worked across the year. We are open to visitors on Sundays and Bank Holidays and are only open to the public on x2 Saturdays a year (as we close for private hire events on Saturdays).

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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 2020/21 Horticultural Trainee has been supported by:

  • The Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust
  • The Finnis Scott Foundation
  • The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
  • The Eranda Foundation
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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?