Our benefits

Joining the team at RBG Kew comes with a range of benefits and development opportunities.

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  • You'll be part of a world-leading organization, known globally for its contribution to scientific research, first-class horticulture and rich cultural heritage
  • You can enjoy flexible and family-friendly working arrangements that allow you to balance your work and home life

  • You can take the opportunity to develop your skills and career, including access to Civil Service Learning programmes

  • You'll receive a competitive salary and benefits package

  • You'll be collaborating with colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise. You will work alongside people who are engaged, knowledgeable and ambitious

  • You'll work in a beautiful, stimulating natural environment at Kew Gardens in Richmond, or Wakehurst in West Sussex

  • You'll be challenged by, recognised for and proud of the work you do. Our recent staff survey showed that our staff are highly engaged – 90% say they are proud to work here.

Learning and development 


This is an important time for us and for you, so we provide a brief HR Welcome Session on your first day, as well as a comprehensive three day induction programme, Discover Kew.

On this programme you’ll learn about the history and future of the Kew, participate in behind-the-scenes tours, meet some of the senior leadership team and get to know other new starters. We hope this will help you to really feel like you are part of the team.

You’ll also have a local induction with your line manager who will explain what is expected of you and show you around during your first few weeks.

Developing you and your career

We believe in nurturing your potential during your time at Kew. We encourage you to take the time to learn new skills through on the job training, online or classroom-based courses. Our dedicated Learning and Development team are always on hand to suggest opportunities.

Developing our leaders and managers

Our leadership programmes are designed to help managers and team leaders better understand their own performance in relation to the leadership behaviours expected of them.

From three day intensive courses to bite-size e-learning, our managers and senior leadership team are equipped to get the best out of their teams.

What are you looking for?

Browse opportunities on our career's portal.

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    Current vacancies

    Over 1000 people work at Kew in a wide-range of roles, from customer service, scientific research and horticulture to marketing, digital and learning.

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    Students, apprenticeships & internships

    Learn from the best minds in the world. We offer an apprenticeship scheme and certified courses in horticultural all starting in September.

  • Volunteering


    Our volunteers are a valuable part of our team. We have many fulfilling opportunities for individuals to give their time and support our work.