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.
Learn on the job from horticultural experts with one of our training programmes
. Choose from a variety of opportunities such as:
- Apprenticeships – you’ll spend two years earning and learning at one of our gardens, where you can specialise in horticulture or arboriculture to become a gardener or arborist of the future
- Specialist Horticultural Placement – a one-year placement at one of our gardens (offered at all five from 2021) where you can become an expert in a specific group of plants or garden style
- Diploma in Horticultural Practice – learn everything you need to know about horticulture as you rotate through 10 departments at RHS Garden Wisley
Applications for RHS Apprenticeships, Specialist Horticultural Placements and RHS Diploma at all RHS Gardens have now closed. Applications for a 2022 start will open in December 2021.
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.
Seeking a short-term placement? We also offer voluntary internships to students of horticulture, with existing practical experience.
Intern in America
Spend a year in America – learn at Longwood Gardens, one of the world's greatest public gardens.
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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.
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.
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.