This is a one-year course of paid work experience with academic studies within the Fruit Department at RHS Garden Wisley.
The programme provides an unrivalled opportunity to learn within the extensive and varied collection of orchard and soft fruit within the fruit fields, nursery and model gardens at RHS Garden Wisley.
The successful applicant will be able to work with, and learn from, the garden and scientific staff, who have collectively and individually a vast array of expertise and knowledge.
Each September, one candidate is accepted into this position.
Remuneration is currently £13,056 per year, paid monthly.
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The Fruit Student is based in the Fruit Department for the full 12 months of the scheme.
In addition to this, the successful student is required to assist the Fruit and Vegetable Committee Secretary at each of the Society's flower shows at Vincent Square and Chelsea, and will help with the staging of some fruit exhibits at Vincent Square and other shows.
There are also excursions of an educational nature to visit other fruit production units in the UK.
The trainee is expected to carry out the following coursework:
- Keep a diary
- Undertake a P&D report
- Write a management report
- Undertake a dissertation
It is anticipated that a sandwich year student will have college/university projects to complete and these will be set against RHS commitments where appropriate.
Applicants are expected as a minimum to hold a National Certificate in Horticulture, an RHS Level 2 in Horticulture, or similar. Additionally applicants should also have some practical horticultural experience in a professional environment.
Applicants from overseas are considered, and acceptance is subject to a Work Permit being granted for non-EU nationals.
A good working knowledge of the English language is essential, and evidence to that effect will be requested.
Consideration for the award of Specialist Option Certificate in Fruit Cultivation takes account of the trainee gardener's practical performance in the Fruit Department and success in the coursework.
Applications must be made by 31 January in the year of anticipated entry. Positions will be advertised on our job vacancies page from October of the previous year with job description and application form attached.