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.

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 here: Staff Benefits

We currently have three vacancies:


Intern required to review the Friends Supporter Scheme

Application deadline: Friday 28 June 

Interviews: Wednesday 3 July

We are looking to appoint an intern to help us with analysis of our Chelsea Physic Garden membership scheme. This is an exciting new role to help us interrogate data and report on research. Please look at the job description for full details

For more information on the role and how to apply, download the Intern Friends research job,the application form here, and the equal opportunities monitoring form here.


Events Officer

Application deadline: Friday 28 June 

Interviews: Friday 5 July

The Events Officer is responsible for the successful sales and delivery of all external and internal functions and events taking place within the Garden. You will be responsible for developing and delivering a private-hire strategy to boost the Garden’s income.

With support from the Commercial Director, the Events Officer is tasked with achieving or exceeding income targets, whilst controlling costs within agreed expenditure budgets. The post holder ensures that functions and events are run successfully and efficiently, in line with current Licensing and Health and Safety legislation.

They are responsible for achieving high standards of customer care in order to enhance the reputation of the Garden as a venue and maximise opportunities for repeat business.

For more information on the role and how to apply, download the job description here, the application form here, and the equal opportunities monitoring form here.

A CV may be sent, but this will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form. The completed application form and CV should be sent to [email protected] 

Salary: £23,000-£25,000 dependent on experience.


Head of Finance

Application deadline: Tuesday 25 June

The Head of Finance reports to the Director and currently manages one person. You will be responsible for coordinating the finance and accounting function of the Chelsea Physic Garden’s commercial and charitable activities. The post is responsible for ensuring that all finance and accounting duties are managed, including debtors, suppliers, payroll, VAT returns, cash management, monthly and annual accounts and compiling information for audit.

The Head of Finance works closely with the Director. You will provide monthly management accounts for Trustees and budget holders; and prepare finance reports, forecast and analysis as required to support the Garden.

You will be a qualified Accountant or very close to qualification. Previous experience in a similar role would be beneficial. The role might also suit an individual who would like to take a step back from working at a senior level with a larger organisation or individuals seeking a step up to a more senior level role depending on your level of previous experience and readiness to take on the responsibility. Previous experience within the charity sector would be ideal.

The role offers an opportunity to be involved in a broad scope of responsibilities. You will also have the opportunity to support and influence the Director, budget holders, the Board, and the Board of Directors. Chelsea Physic Garden have an enthusiastic and friendly team in place making it a fantastic place to work. The organisation offers a good work life balance and a competitive package of benefits.

Salary: c.£42,000

This recruitment process is being managed by Peter O’Sullivan at Hays Senior Finance – 0207 259 8745.