Salaried Practical Horticultural Training, One-Year Placements

Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire
Training placements are salaried.
30 Mar 2019
29 Apr 2019
Salaried Practical Horticultural Placements
Full Time
Contract Type

Applications are invited for four salaried horticultural trainee placements on The MacRobert Trust Horticultural Training Scheme which forms part of The Trust’s extensive charitable agenda. Placements start in mid-September and run for one year and are based within our 17 acre ornamental and productive RHS Partner Garden at Douneside House.

Current or recently qualified horticultural college students, and those without formal qualifications who would like a year of hands-on structured practical training to gain skills, proficiency and work experience in order to progress their career are encouraged to apply. Progression to a second year may also be available to trainees who wish to further their hands on training. Applicants should be able to demonstrate  a keen interest in pursuing a professional horticultural career.

Trainees are taught and assessed as they work alongside and learn from our experienced gardens team, assisting in the maintenance and development of our flagship ornamental and productive gardens, and at other gardens and designed landscapes across The Trust estate.  The gardens at Douneside House are a ‘RHS Qualifications Approved Centre’ and training and assessment towards the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture is also included and undertaken in-house throughout the year. Additionally, partially funded training and assessment in Pesticide Application PA1/PA6 and Chainsaw Operation CS30 is also available.

The placements are full-time and run for one year. All trainees are paid the living wage and share accommodation within a six- bedroomed estate house

The application form and further information  may be found by visiting our website and clicking on Horticultural Training Scheme. Completed applications must be received no later than 5th May and forwarded to:

Stephen McCallum CHort MCIHort, Head of Gardens. email 




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