Students will spend a year working with a specific garden department, assisting the team with day-to-day cultivation and maintenance tasks. Placements for 2020 will be available at RHS Garden Wisley, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, RHS Garden Hyde Hall and RHS Garden Rosemoor.

Applications are closed

Applications for students across all gardens have now closed.

Wisley placements

The following teams at Wisley accept Specialist Horticultural students 

  • Ornamental – Formal, Herbaceous or Woodland
  • Alpine
  • Edibles
  • Glass
  • Garden Support Services
  • Nursery & Propagation
  • Trials
  • Welcome & Riverside
  • Arboriculture (existing arboricultural experience, qualifications and or tickets are required for this role)

Harlow Carr placements

The following teams at Harlow Carr accept Specialist Horticultural students:
  • Edibles
  • Nursery & Propagation

Rosemoor placements

The following teams at Rosemoor accept Specialist Horticultural students:

  • Edibles
  • Ornamental

Hyde Hall placements

The following teams at Hyde Hall accept Specialist Horticultural students:

  • Countryside & Wildlife
  • Floral & Ornamental
  • Nursery & Propagation

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected, as a minimum, to hold a Level 2 horticultural qualification such as a National Certificate in Horticulture, Trailblazer Apprenticeship (Horticulture Operative) or RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

In addition to this, applicants must:

  • Have six months of practical horticultural experience in a professional environment, this must be six months in total, rather than one day a week for six months
  • Be computer literate with the ability to produce word-processed coursework
  • Be able to work with digital images
  • Be able to access the internet and use email
  • Hold a full driving licence

Applicants from overseas are considered, when non-EU nationals are able to obtain an appropriate work visa. Please note that the RHS is unable to sponsor any visa applications. A good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested.

How to apply

Applications for students across all gardens have now closed.

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