Job Opportunities

Job title: Arborist


REF: 475

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: : External & Internal Candidates can apply

HOURS OF WORK:  Full Time (36 hours net)

JOB STATUS: Permanent

SALARY PER ANNUM: £15,931 per annum

DIRECTORATE: Horticulture, Kew

LOCATION: Wakehurst Place, West Sussex


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the 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.

This role is part of the Conservation and Woodlands Unit in the Horticulture and Estate Management team at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, which cultivates and curates the woody plant collections.  You will be a motivated member of the team participating in arboriculture, conservation and horticultural activities/maintenance and achieving standards, working efficiently with the team and understanding its role in the organisation. You will help to maintain collections to improve educational and scientific potential of the displays and increase visitor enjoyment.

You will have proven experience in working in arboriculture and knowledge of the cultivation of a range of trees, including pest and disease control and use of horticultural machinery. You will have experience of working in a team carrying out tree surgery/arboriculture and conservation tasks.

Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

For full details of the job purpose, accountabilities and essential education, skills and experience for this role please view the Job Profile document.


CLOSING DATE: 10 June 2013 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 notes for applicants

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.