We have three Vacancies: 

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Chelsea Physic Garden has existed on the bank 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.

To apply to any of our vacancies listed below, please complete the application form in full and return it with a covering letter to [email protected]

We want to be an equal opportunities employer. We set out not to discriminate under the Equality Act 2010, and build an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce encouraging equality and diversity. We need your help and co-operation to enable it to do this, and ask you to complete our equality form below.  Filling in this form is voluntary.

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Events Officer Full Time

Gardener/Volunteer Supervisor Full Time

Gardener/Glasshouse Manager Full Time

Events Officer

We currently have a vacancy for an exciting role running the commercial venue hire at Chelsea Physic Garden. 

The main purpose of the role is to maximise income at the same time as maintaining the integrity and safety of the Garden. We are looking for a friendly and high-performing individual to liaise with clients, draw up contracts and oversee all aspects of events in the Garden. 

Experience of the events industry is important and ideally an interest in heritage. You will be a quick learner, able to hit the ground running and work on your own initiative. Flexible and adaptable working is essential in the small team at the Garden as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

This role may involve some evening, weekend and bank holiday cover.

Please download the job description here for further details.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably-qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, belief, sexual orientation or age.

Please send a completed application form along with your CV and covering letter to  [email protected]

Salary: £23,000-£25,000

Expected Interview Date: 2 July 2018.

Gardener/Volunteer Supervisor

Chelsea Physic Garden seeks a highly skilled and motivated Gardener/Volunteer Supervisor. The ideal candidate will have a Level 2 horticultural qualification and have gained good experience within an historic or botanic garden.

You will be assisting in the maintenance of an intensively cultivated botanical garden, working in all parts and on all aspects of the Garden’s horticultural work with other members of staff, trainees, interns and volunteers. You will have a specific area within the Garden that is your assigned responsibility to maintain and develop. Everyone on the horticultural team is expected to get involved in all aspects of the Garden’s care and should enjoy turning their hand to a wide range of tasks.

The volunteer supervisory aspect of the role includes recruiting and inducting horticultural volunteers and interns to ensure all Garden and specialist horticultural volunteer posts are filled, as required by the Head Gardener, year-round.

Additionally, the role encompasses administering all Garden and specialist volunteer and intern posts, including but not limited to: processing travel claims, provision of PPE and carrying out review interviews. Administrative support will be provided for this aspect of the role. The volunteer supervision will account for 15-20% of the role’s allocated time.

Experience of working with volunteers would be desirable, but excellent interpersonal and people management skills from a different environment would also be suitable.

The successful candidate will be joining a friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working team and will gain experience of a wide range of ethno-botanic, unusual, tropical and rare plants.

This is a full-time role, working with a team of three gardeners, two trainees and a team of volunteers. Download the full job description here.

To apply, please complete the application form above and return with a covering letter and CV to [email protected] by 25 June 2018. We will not consider applications without a fully completed application form.

Salary: £21,500-£23,600

Expected Interview Date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018.

Gardener/Glasshouse Manager

Chelsea Physic Garden seeks a highly skilled and motivated Gardener/Glasshouse Manager. The ideal candidate will have a Level 2 or 3 horticultural qualification and have gained good experience within an historic or botanic garden.

You will be assisting in the maintenance of an intensively cultivated botanical garden, working in all parts and on all aspects of the Garden’s horticultural work with other members of staff, trainees, interns and volunteers. You will have a specific area within the Garden that is your assigned responsibility to maintain and develop. Everyone on the horticultural team is expected to get involved in all aspects of the Garden’s care and should enjoy turning their hand to a wide variety of tasks.

The glasshouse management aspect of the role includes overall responsibility for the care and maintenance of the collections under glass. You will ensure that the horticultural team are adequately supported and develop their skills in carrying out their designated glasshouse responsibilities.

This is a hands-on role that requires a practical candidate who is able to manage the preservation and maintenance of the glasshouse structures including heating, ventilation and irrigation systems (often through a contractor). 

The Glasshouse Manager is responsible for integrated pest management within the glasshouse range to include the application of pesticides, as agreed with the Head Gardener, in accordance with health and safety and COSHH regulations.

The glasshouse management part of the role accounts for around 25% of the allocated time.

The successful candidate will be joining a friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working team and will gain experience of a wide range of ethno botanic, unusual, tropical and rare plants.

This is a full-time role, working with a team of three gardeners, two trainees and up to 30 volunteers. Download the full job description here.

To apply, please complete the application form and return with a covering letter and CV to [email protected] by 25 June 2018. We will not consider applications without a fully completed application form.

Salary: £21,500-£23,600

Expected interview date:  Friday, 6 July 2018