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

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: equal opportunities monitoring form

We currently have vacancies


Head of Learning and Public Engagement

Closing Date: Tuesday 4th February 2020

Interviews: Week commencing 17th February 2020

Chelsea Physic Garden is entering a period of large scale project development, as we move toward a celebration of our 350th Anniversary in 2023. The project development and implementation are focused on the ambition to restore, refurbish and re-present the buildings and facilities associated with this Grade 1 listed garden, with a major fundraising appeal supporting this process.

This work will help us to deliver our mission to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind. A first round NLHF grant has been received focused on a programme of Glasshouse restoration, interpretation and community engagement with the intention that a second round application will be made by October 2020.

In 2019, a Learning Strategy was developed to support the achievement of the Garden’s mission, to provide focus to our programmes of activity, and ensure we are able to achieve our departmental ambitions for the future.

The Head of Learning & Public Engagement (HLPE) will lead the department and team to achieve the Learning Strategy and support the Garden’s overall ambitions and business plans.

For more information, download the job description here.


Schools and Families Officer

Closing Date: Sunday 26th January 2020

Interviews: Friday 7th February 2020

The Schools & Families Officer will take a leading role in the ongoing development of Chelsea Physic Garden’s Schools and Family programme. The post-holder will work with teachers, schools, colleges, universities, community and family groups to deliver a diverse range of enjoyable, high-quality learning experiences to inspire and engage visitors of all ages and socio-demographic backgrounds. They will engage audiences both on and offsite and develop digital classroom resources to help us reach more learners.

In 2019, a Learning Strategy was developed to support the achievement of the organisational Mission, to provide focus to programmes of activity and ensure that the department’s ambitions can be achieved. The post-holder will lead in delivering those activities and programmes highlighted in the Learning Strategy for schools and families. 

For more information, download the job description here.


Finance Officer

As the Finance Officer, you will take full responsibility for all aspects of the purchase and sales ledgers for both the charity and enterprise functions of Chelsea Physic Garden. You will be responsible for the processing of invoices through to payment runs and supplier statement reconciliations. You will also be responsible for all balance sheet reconciliations including monthly bank reconciliations.

You will support the Head of Finance with payroll processes, VAT returns, and cash flow management. Also, you will provide analysis and insight, linking financial reporting to business performance including leading on gathering of the key performance indicators and monthly management accounts and reports. You will also support the year-end processes and annual audit.

For more information and to apply, follow this link.

Please note - the recruitment process for this role is being handled by Harris Hill. All enquiries must be directed through to them.