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Employment Opportunities at the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum
Volunteering Opportunities at the Botanic Garden
Volunteering Opportunities at the Harcourt Arboretum
Horticultural Trainee Programme
Work Experience
Erasmus Students

 

Employment Opportunities at the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum

As vacancies arise, they are advertised on the University of Oxford Jobs and Vacancies website.

We are currently advertising for the position of Part-time Education and Outreach Officer (maternity cover). Read details and apply here. 

 

Volunteering Opportunities at the Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden advertises any volunteer placements through the University's GLAM volunteering programme.

There are currently no vacancies available, however any vacancies will be advertised on the GLAM volunteering web page and our website. 

 

Volunteering Opportunities at the Harcourt Arboretum

The Harcourt Arboretum runs a volunteer programme.  Volunteers are helping us to meet and greet visitors, and get involved in a variety of tasks, ranging from Rhododendron ponticum removal, hedge laying, planting, mulching and much more!.

Monthly work parties (10.30am to 3.30pm) - on the last Wednesday of the Month

If you are interested in volunteering at the Arboretum please download and complete an application form and return it to volunteers@obg.ox.ac.uk

 

Horticultural Trainee 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.

Vacancies for these traineeships will be advertised on the news pages. 

 

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 experience placement is a requirement of the course. Safety boots and waterproofs must be provided by the student. At present we are not accepting requests for work experience placements at the Botanic Garden, for placements at the Harcourt Arboretum please email postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk.

 

Erasmus Students

We encourage applications from Erasmus students, who are interested in work experience at the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.  Placements can take place within the collections or education teams, and can include conservation and research work. If you are interested in applying, please contact postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk.