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 one vacancy


Trainee Gardener

Application deadline: 22 April
Provisional interview date: 29 April

Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries to aid the botanical training of its members and apprentices. Since then it has developed as a small botanic garden growing some 5,000 taxa within its 3.8 acres. The Physic Garden’s micro-climate allows a wide variety of tender plants from the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean to be grown outside. The Garden also features botanical order beds, a medicinal plant quadrant, heated glasshouses and a cool fern house.

We are looking to recruit a trainee gardener to join the team for one year. We offer comprehensive practical experience working alongside the gardeners, volunteers and interns. Training covers practical aspects of garden management including propagation, pruning and maintenance of the garden, turf care and machinery use. Trainees participate in weekly plant identification tests and undertake projects including a work diary. In addition, the Garden will fund the RHS Level 3 (or 2) Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation to be studied by distance learning.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a unique ethno-botanic plant collection, with scientific research and educational applications, both outdoors and under glass.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, committed and working towards a career in horticulture.  You must be willing to get involved in all aspects of gardening. Some previous experience as a gardener is essential as is entry level horticultural qualifications.

This post is a fixed-term, one year contract, full-time, from May 2019-April 2020, working an average of 35 hours per week, including taking part in a rota of weekend working (normally one weekend in five).

Salary: £19,201

To apply, download the job description here and the application form here. Send completed application forms to [email protected].

You can also download our equal opportunities form here.

You must complete the application form to be considered for this position.