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Horticultural Traineeship

The Garden Museum’s Horticultural Traineeship has been designed to give a recent graduate of particular talent and ambition a chance to explore possibilities for their professional future by placing them at the centre of a busy gardening hub.The particular appeal of this traineeship is in its diversity of experiences, in facilitating introductions to the stars of the gardening world, and involvement in the Museum’s engaging public programme.

It also includes the rare opportunity to work in many of Britain’s finest historic and contemporary designed gardens: past examples have included sponsored placements at Lowther Castle, Great Dixter, Gravetye Manor and Little Dartmouth, and ‘shadowing’ experiences with garden designers such as Andy Sturgeon, Tom Stuart Smith and Nigel Dunnett. You will also have the opportunity to assist with the build of a show garden at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show.

Previous Trainees have gone on to roles as independent garden professionals, in media, parks management and tree surgery, and include Matt Collins, our Head Gardener and author of Forest, Walking Among Trees and My Tiny Flower Garden.

This is a part time, four days a week role generously funded by the National Gardens Scheme and the Museum’s Friends group in Leicestershire and Rutland.

The bursary for the scheme is £18,000 pro rata (£14,400 for 4 days per week) per annum. The traineeship runs from May 2019 – May 2020.


Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 25th March 2019.

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages outlining your reasons and previous experience for applying for this position. Interviews will take place on Thursday 4th April. Second Round interviews will take place on Monday 8th April.

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  • Apply by: 25/03/2019
  • Part time
  • May 2019 - May 2020
  • £18,000 pro rata (£14,400 for 4 days per week)
Job Description