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Salaried Horticultural Training Placements for horticultural college graduates and new entrants

The MacRobert Trust
Royal Deeside and Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
National Minimum Wage
Closing date
9 May 2021
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The MacRobert Trust supports Horticultural Education through its extensive charitable agenda. Our Horticultural Training Scheme accepts up to six trainees who are paid a salary and provided with accommodation. Training placements run for both one and two years and applications are now invited for four trainees to start in mid-September.

A programme of full-time, practical hands-on training, craft-skill development and proficiency, and machinery use and maintenance is undertaken whilst trainees assist our professional gardens team in the maintenance and development of the Trust’s ornamental and productive horticultural training gardens. Additionally, full training and assessment towards the achievement of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture is funded and undertaken in-house throughout the year. Training and assessment in pesticide application PA1/PA6 and chainsaw operation CS30 is also carried out allowing trainees to achieve and practice these important certificates of competence. Training is based at our flagship Douneside House Garden which is an RHS Partner Garden and an RHS Qualifications Approved Centre.

Applications are encouraged from current or recently qualified horticultural college students who wish to progress their horticultural skills and enhance their professional career options through the programme of; hands-on immersive training and practice, RHS Qualifications, Certificates of Competence and structured work experience. Applications are also encouraged from new entrants to horticulture who, alongside the above, will also have the opportunity to study towards the RHS Principles of Horticulture Level 2 through distance learning. A second year is available to two trainees and may include paid internships to the Royal Botanic Gardens Logan, National Trust of Scotland Crathes Gardens and The Prince’s Foundation Dumfries House Gardens.

Whilst horticultural qualifications are not essential, applicants must provide clear evidence of a keen interest in developing a professional horticultural career.

The training placements are full-time and trainees are paid the National Minimum Wage and share accommodation within a modern, fully equipped six- bedroom estate house and each trainee has their own private bedroom and en-suite bath/shower room.

MacRobert trainees have all been fortunate in gaining full-time employment, many within prestigious gardens across the UK, or accepted on to further training placements such as the HBGTP and Horticulture Level 3 with the RHS.

Applications can only be accepted by using The MacRobert Trust Application Form. This form and further information and testimonials from former trainees is found on our our website To contact the Head of Gardens:

Stephen McCallum CHort MCIHort, Tel:013398 81072 or Email:

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