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.

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 two vacancies

Seasonal Gardener/Propagation Assistant

Our Seasonal Gardener helps the horticultural team to ensure the exceptionally high standards of maintenance are consistent across the Garden. We are looking for a Gardener to join our team from March to September 2019, inclusive, taking responsibility for the day-to-day up-keep of the turf and hard landscaping of the Garden, as well as any other maintenance as directed. Additionally, this role will involve routine propagation tasks as required by the Propagation Manager, such as seed sowing and pricking out.

The role will be split approximately 80% maintenance, 20% propagation, but this will change according to need and season.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent attention to detail, able to work independently as well as being organised and efficient. They will have some horticultural experience and be happy to use machinery such as mowers, blowers and shredders. A Level 2 horticultural qualification is desirable or you should currently be studying for this level of qualification.  

You would be joining a friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working team and whilst this role isn’t directly responsible for a plant collection, you will gain exposure to a wide range of ethnobotanic, unusual, tropical and rare plants.

This post is a fixed term contract, full-time from March to September 2019 including taking part in a rota of weekend working (normally one weekend in six). The team is made up of five gardeners, two trainees and up to 30 volunteers.

Salary: £21.5k FTE (contract length seven months)

Annual Leave:  Part-time entitlement: 19 days’ holiday including five statutory holidays

Closing date: 5pm, 1 March 2019

Provisional Interview date: 12 March 2019

For more information about this role, download the Job Description

To apply, download the Application and the Equal Opportunities forms.

To be considered for the role you must fully complete the application form.


Garden Team Administrator

We are looking for an administrator to help the Garden team in the smooth running of all horticultural operations. This will be a very varied role and you must, quite literally, be prepared to get your hands dirty! A key aspect of the role will be supporting the Head of Plant Collections and Deputy Head of Plant Collections during the busy development phase of our glasshouse project in 2019. To do this effectively you will need to be a pro-active individual who demonstrates a positive and professional attitude.

Tasks will include:

  • Ordering supplies including horticultural sundries, seeds and plants.
  • Maintaining records such as team holiday, sickness and overtime.
  • Diary management including organising meetings, interviews and travel.
  • Simple data input on the plant database.
  • Liaising with suppliers and contractors on behalf of the Head of Plant Collections.
  • Arranging repair of machinery.
  • General administrative duties such as confidential shredding, photocopying and laminating.
  • In collaboration with the Operations Team, organise repairs.
  • Research – particularly for projects.

Skills & Experience

  • Previous team support experience and the ability to use your own initiative to become an integral team player.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Have the ability to clearly prioritise workloads and tasks and be used to multi-tasking

We are a friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working team of seven horticulturists who could use your organisational skills and support to enable us to care for this beautiful botanic garden.

The role is permanent and part-time – 2.5 days/week. Work pattern to be agreed.

Salary: £11,138 per annum for 2.5 days per week

Annual Leave: Part-time entitlement: 17.5 days’ holiday including statutory holidays

Closing date: 5pm, 11 March 2019

Provisional Interview date: 19 March 2019

For more information about this role, download the Job Description

To apply, download the Application and the Equal Opportunities forms.

To be considered for the role you must fully complete the application form.