Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673 and since then our mission has expanded to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and wellbeing of humankind. In part, we do this through growing a huge range of plants from all around the world. Our medicinal plants collection is one of the best.
We are now embarking upon an exciting new project to restore our 1902 Foster & Pearson teak and cast-iron Glasshouse range. As part of this project we have created a temporary Gardener role that is key to enabling us deliver the development phase of the project. The role will act as additional support to the horticultural team and backfill elements of both the Head and Deputy Head of Plant Collections roles.
The successful candidate will be assisting in the maintenance of an intensively cultivated botanic garden, working in all parts and on all aspects of the Garden’s horticultural work with other members of staff, trainees, interns and volunteers. No one day is the same at Chelsea Physic Garden - you could be mowing, planting, blowing, mulching, cleaning glasshouses, edging paths, auditing collections, pruning, staking, building winter protection and anything in between! Gardening here suits resourceful, adaptable people who thrive in a complex, high paced environment.
The successful candidate will be joining a friendly, knowledgeable and hard-working team and will gain experience of a wide range of ethno botanic, unusual, tropical and rare plants.
This is a full-time role, working with a team of 5 gardeners, 2 trainees, volunteers and interns.
You will likely have a level 2 or 3 horticultural qualification and have gained good experience within an historic or botanic garden.
Expected interview dates Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 July 2019.
For further details please go to our website to view the Job Description.
To apply, please complete the application form in full and return to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 July 2019. Applications will not be considered without a fully completed application form.