Specialist Horticultural Placement

Become an expert in a specific group of plants, garden practice or style with our one-year programme of paid work experience with some specialist study

Specialist Horticultural Placement

About the placements

Learners will spend a year working with a specific garden department, assisting the team with day-to-day cultivation and maintenance tasks. Placements for 2022 will be available at all five RHS Gardens.

Applications are open

Applications for Specialist Horticultural Placement’s (SHPs) across all RHS Gardens for a September 2022 start are open from 1 December 2021 until 1 February 2022. For more information on applying, see our ‘How to apply’ section further down.

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What RHS Gardens have placements

RHS Garden Wisley

The following teams accept Specialist Horticultural learners:
  • Ornamental – formal, herbaceous or woodland
  • Alpine
  • Edibles
  • Glass
  • Garden support services
  • Nursery and propagation
  • Trials
  • Welcome and riverside

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

The following teams accept Specialist Horticultural learners:
  • Edibles (productive)
  • Nursery and propagation
  • Alpine

RHS Garden Rosemoor

The following teams accept Specialist Horticultural learners:
  • Edibles
  • Ornamental

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

The following teams accept Specialist Horticultural learners:
  • Countryside and estate
  • Floral and ornamental
  • Nursery and propagation

RHS Garden Bridgewater

The following teams accept Specialist Horticultural learners:
  • Ornamental and turf
  • Sustainable horticulture
  • Wellbeing and community horticulture
Working in the garden

Applications and entry requirements

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

Applicants should have

  • GCSE qualifications in English and maths (or equivalents)
  • At least three months of practical work experience in a professional horticultural environment
  • Experience using basic horticultural machinery, equipment and/or tools
  • Enjoy working on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • An openness to working with new individuals across the garden on a regular basis
  • Experience of working with customers/visitors in a professional environment, and of giving good customer service
  • A flexible approach to working (e.g. weekend work will be required on a regular basis, and evening work will be required from time to time)

Please take a look at the job description on our recruitment site for full applicant criteria.

Please note: You must have the right to work in the UK to apply. 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 Specialist Horticultural Placement’s (SHPs) across all RHS Gardens  for a September 2022 start are open from 1 December 2021 until 1 February 2022.

Apply through our dedicated recruitment site using the link below.

Applicants should choose the RHS Garden they wish to train at in the  ‘Location’ box. Then select ‘All’ in the ‘Job category/type’ box to see all positions available at that garden.

If you submit more than one application and are called to interview, you will only be interviewed once.

Please note: If you are invited to an interview, you will be required to prove that you have the right to work in the UK.

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Application dates

Applications are open from 1 December 2021 until 1 February 2022 for students and Specialist Horticultural Placement’s (SHPs) and 1 March 2022 for apprentices.

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