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 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Education and Outreach Officer

Application deadline: 26 August

Interviews: 5 & 6 September

The Education & Outreach Officer supports the Head of Education to develop an education and outreach programme for Chelsea Physic Garden. This programme directly supports our mission to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. 

The post holder will balance direct delivery, alongside the strategic management of our outreach programme, and supporting departmental fundraising. We deliver sessions onsite, offsite and digitally, with a growing focus on work at the Elkstone Road Community Garden.

More details about the role are here: Education and Outreach Officer

Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 depending on experience, 1 year fixed term contract.

Fundraising Manager

Application deadline: 6 September

Interviews: 12 September & 19 September

We are looking for a hands-on Fundraising Manager to join our team. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in our fundraising success as we embark on a NLHF-funded project to restore the Victorian Glasshouses, part of a wider ambitious £10m capital campaign to celebrate the Garden's 350th anniversary in 2023.

The Fundraising Manager will lead on fundraising for Garden projects (annual target c.£300k) and will play an active role in shaping and supporting the capital campaign to create a step-change in the Garden’s funding. The successful candidate will have a wide-ranging role which includes researching and cultivating prospective supporters, managing relationships with charitable trusts and individual donors, and delivering on-site fundraising.

You will be a dynamic and tenacious individual, resourceful and resilient, with a high level of experience and a demonstrable track record in securing funding from trusts and foundations and/or individuals.

To succeed in this role the candidate will have excellent interpersonal and database skills; be a dedicated team player; be keen to take on new challenges and seize opportunities; and be willing to support the Development Director, Director and Trustees in carrying out fundraising.

Experience of working in a cultural institution or visitor attraction would be an advantage.

More details about the role are here: Fundraising Manager

To apply, complete the application form at the top of the page and send along with the equal opportunities monitoring form to: [email protected] 

Salary: £38,000 - £42,000 depending on experience.

Sessional Educators

Chelsea Physic Garden is looking for sessional educators to support the preparation and delivery of curriculum-linked outdoor learning sessions targeted at school children, family learning and forest schools.

The successful candidates will have experience of planning, organising and delivering curriculum-linked environmental learning sessions for young children in an outdoor setting, as well as developing learning sessions for teachers, schools, community groups and families on-site to deliver a diverse range of enjoyable, high-quality learning experiences to inspire and engage visitors of all ages.

You will have a strong understanding of the National Curriculum, but also have experience of delivering non-curriculum learning for community groups, families and care givers. A good understanding of safeguarding issues is essential for this role.

You will also:

  • Assist with the administration of educational bookings
  • Support the production of resources to support teachers and students in their use of the Garden’s plant collections and its history, including developing activities to be used before, during and after education visits.
  • Work with volunteers in ensuring the collation and inputting of feedback from all user groups and the production of robust and credible data on all activities including evaluation of content to inform future programming.

To apply, fill in the application form at the top of the page and send to [email protected] along with a CV.

Freelance rate: £18/hr