Opportunities at the RHS

Find out how you can work or volunteer in the RHS, and ways we can help your horticultural career

We have 1,000 full-time employees and rely on more than 2,000 volunteers, who provide the expertise and dedication that the UK's leading gardening charity needs to deliver its aim of enriching everyone’s life through plants and making the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

Apply for a job

If you are interested in working with us we have employment opportunities ranging from: Gardeners to Retail Assistants, Scientists to Special Events Assistants, Digital Content Editors to Education and Learning Managers.

Benefits for employees include complimentary tickets to RHS Flower Shows, free entrance to all RHS Gardens and generous discounts in our award-winning RHS Shops and Garden Centres, as well as pensions and life assurance.

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Work-based training

Learn on the job from horticultural experts with one of our training programmes. Choose from a variety of opportunities such as:
  • Apprenticeships: Spend two or three years earning and learning at one of our RHS Gardens, or, train with us to become a garden supervisor, arborist or land-based service engineer technician
  • Specialist Horticultural Placement: Become an expert in a specific group of plants, garden practice or style as you spend your one-year placement in the relevant garden department at one of our five RHS Gardens
  • Diploma in Horticultural Practice: Learn everything you need to know about horticulture as you rotate through 10 departments at RHS Garden Wisley. After two years of study, you will achieve the RHS Level 3 and 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice
Applications are now closed for Students (Diploma), Specialist Horticultural Placement’s (SHPs) at all RHS Gardens and Apprenticeships. Applications for a 2023 start will open in December 2022.

While applications are closed, see what our current and past learners have to say about their training at the RHS.

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There are loads of ways to volunteer with the RHS. You can become a volunteer at one of our gardens, lend a helping hand at an RHS Show or join the team in our Head Office in London. There are also home-based roles, where you can help support our outreach work.


Intern in America

Spend a year in America – learn at  Longwood Gardens, one of the world's greatest public gardens.

In partnership with the Garden Club of America, we offer the Interchange Fellowship – a reciprocal exchange programme between British and American university graduates and horticultural students.

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Part-time qualifications

Broaden your knowledge by studying for an RHS qualification, where you'll learn up-to-date horticultural information and practical skills, which can be studied online or at an approved centre across the UK and Ireland.

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Please note that we do not accept speculative CVs from agencies. We may on occasion work with a defined agency but only where we have a signed agreement in place.

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Find out more about opportunities with the RHS:

Paid vacancies

Work-based training


Voluntary roles

RHS Membership

I enjoy a refreshing walk… my membership gives me free family days out as often as I like.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.