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Botanical Horticulturist (Botanic Garden)

The Botanic Garden is looking for a qualified horticulturist to join its garden team. This full-time post offers a unique opportunity to join the staff in a busy and vibrant department. The collections at the Botanic Garden are used for education activities, reference, conservation and research. The successful candidate will contribute specifically to the cultivation, maintenance and development of the plant collections.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a level 3 horticultural qualification and experience of working with a diverse range of plants preferably within a collections-based setting. They will be expected to have a good understanding of a wide variety of plants and their requirements. The work of the department requires that the successful candidate work well in a team and on their own initiative.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing are essential. As part of the team you will feel comfortable working in a public environment, answering enquiries and delivering guided tours.

We are committed to supporting the continuing professional development of all our staff.

For an informal discussion about the role, telephone 01865 286690 and ask to speak to Tom. 

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please click on the link below:


Horticultural Trainees

Our Horticultural trainee programme runs from September to September. Applications for 2014/2015 trainees have now closed. Please check back in late 2014 for details of how to apply for 2015/2016.


Help with the Friends' sponsorship and corporate member programme

We are looking for someone to help raise sponsorship for the Friends and to develop a corporate membership programme as an important new income stream. This person will have professional experience of running such programmes and would be paid for their time. For an informal discussion please contact: Anna Nasmyth,



There are many other ways to get involved and support the Botanic Garden from volunteering to sponsoring events.

Work Experience

Due to the large number of requests we get we can currently only offer placements to students at horticultural college where a work placement is a requirement of the course. Safety boots and waterproofs must be provided by the student. Please contact the Department Administrator at for more information.


Supporters and Sponsors

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum wishes to thank the following individuals and trust funds for their recent support:

  • The Friends of the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum
  • The Woodland Grants Scheme
  • Oxford Preservation Trust
  • The John Spedan Lewis Foundation
  • The Ernest Cook Trust
  • The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
  • The Pye Charitable Settlement
  • The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment
  • CHK Charities Limited
  • The Tolkien Trust
  • The Mercers’ Company
  • The Alan Evans Memorial Trust
  • The Helen Roll Charity
  • The Hartnett Charitable Trust
  • Michael Heseltine Charitable Trust
  • The Ammco Trust
  • The J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust
  • The David Webster Charitable Trust
  • Lord Barnby’s Foundation
  • PF Charitable Trust
  • The Scotshill Trust
  • The Finnis Scott Foundation
  • The Monument Trust
  • The Helen Roll Charity
  • Mr Thomas Gibson
  • The Horne Foundation
  • The Van Houten Fund
  • The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
  • The HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The Barbara Everard Trust for Orchid Conservation