Job Opportunities

Job title: Horticulturist

REF: 640

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: External & Internal candidates

HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours per week net

JOB STATUS: Permanent

SALARY PER ANNUM: £17,729 per annum

DIRECTORATE: Kew Gardens' Horticulture



Kew is a world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction, that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life.

We are looking for a highly motivated horticulturist to work in a team assisting the manager with the day to day operations of the Arboretum tree and shrub collections for the creation, development and practical maintenance of outstanding displays to a high standard that inspire, educate and contribute to the visitor enjoyment, and support the conservation and research functions of the organisation.
You will have an NVQ Level 2 qualification in Horticulture or equivalent and have extensive horticultural experience, and the ability to work effectively and safely with a small team. You will be a confident communicator, with a working knowledge of general IT and experience of coaching staff or demonstrating horticulture techniques.  A full driving licence is desirable.

Salary is £17,729per annum and benefits include 30 days holiday per year plus bank holidays, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: 28 February 2014 at 10am


How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

2. Complete an Application Form and an Equality and Diversity Form.

3. Return your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Please be advised that we do not accept applications by post.  If you have a disability or a special need that requires support please contact us on 020 8332 3135.

Guidance for applicants (Word)

Employee Benefits - RBG Kew (PDF)

We will only contact those candidates selected for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, you should presume that you will not be called for interview. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on your application if you are not selected for an interview.

If you have any general queries please do not hesitate to call the recruitment team on 020 8332 3135.