The Horticultural Training Programme

Each year the Botanic Garden takes on two horticultural trainees to work alongside the horticultural staff. Trainees alternate on a 3 monthly basis between the Gardens and Glasshouses teams. They will also spend three separate weeks working at Harcourt Arboretum. During the year there is a training schedule of plant identifications, taught practical sessions and discussion sessions. The trainees will also undertake a project – typically making a set of herbarium specimens of a key collection at the Botanic Garden. An example programme can be downloaded here.

Previous trainees have also undertaken horticultural work placement exchanges with gardens such as Great Dixter.

Former trainees have gone on to further study such as the Kew Diploma, but also to employment in organisations including Kew, English Heritage, Westonbirt, Oxford Botanic Garden, Harcourt Arboretum, Winterbourne House and Garden.


We are recruting for our two trainee posts now. Applications are open until the 16th February. Please follow this link for further information and to complete an online application form.  Select Job Search and choose botanic garden.