Jobs and careers

PlantNetwork maintains an email list to circulate job vacancies to our members and also provides links to horticultural careers advice.

If you would like to become a member please join us.

Click on the ‘Careers’ tab below for a summary of some of the main work-based training opportunities. Many more are publicised via the PlantNetwork newsletter.

For information on how to place recruitment notices with PlantNetwork, please click on the ‘Recruitment notices’ tab below.

We are able to post job advertisements via our weekly e-newsletter. The newsletter is sent out to PlantNetwork members every Thursday afternoon. Our e-newsletter is sent to over 500 gardens and individuals representing over 1500 horticultural staff.

We do not place adverts on our website.

PlantNetwork recruitment notices:

We place a large advert of about 300 words in the e-newsletter of your choice. The specific requirements for each large advert are described below, together with the cost.

We also include a shorter advert in each newsletter between the appearance of the large advert and the closing date for the advertised post. There is currently no additional cost for the shorter advert but a large initial advert is first required.

What we require:

  • Job title and location
  • Job description (300 words max.)
  • Salary – PlantNetwork supports the Professional Gardeners’ Guild salary guidelines.
  • Details of application process
  • Closing date

Weblinks and attachments are welcome. Please send all information by 10am on Thursday for inclusion in that week’s newsletter.

Text for the shorter adverts will be developed from the large advert. The format for the shorter posting is:

>Name of role, location. Salary and contract details (f/t or p/t, permanent or fixed term etc.). Closing date. Application process if not online. More information and application hyperlink.


  • Members (institutional membership required) £125; non-members £250
  • Invoices can be paid by BACS transfer, cheque or online payment.

Please contact us for details.

RHS Master of Horticulture

RHS Master of Horticulture

The Master of Horticulture (MHort) qualification is designed for those who wish to grow their career in a flexible way. It is an online degree-level award studied over three to five years, providing an affordable and high-quality learning experience, which links candidates to a range of professional networks and provides improved managerial skills.

Applications generally welcomed from spring for October start. Deadline usually mid-July.

Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme

Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme

The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programme provides practical and theoretical training in the skills needed to work in a historic or botanic garden. The programme provides specialist training through written projects, plant idents, a daily journal, tools training and work experience as part of the garden team.

Applications usually open 1st March – 1st April for September start

Professional Gardeners' Guild

Professional Gardeners’ Guild

The PGG Traineeship is an opportunity to gain practical skills in the workplace at three world class historic or botanic gardens for those seeking a career as a professional gardener/ horticulturist.

Deadline for applications usually around 10th May for August/September start

Work-based training with the Royal Horticultural Society

Work-based training with the Royal Horticultural Society

RHS training courses have been a way of providing students with the means of converting theoretical studies from the classroom into practice in a real garden setting for over 100 years. Apprenticeships, Specialist Horticultural Placements and Level 3 or 4 Diplomas in Horticultural Practice are available across four RHS gardens.

Deadline for studentships/placements usually around 1st February for September start
Deadline for apprenticeships usually around 11th March for August start

Kew Diploma

Kew Diploma

The three-year Kew Diploma offers broad-based training in amenity and botanical horticulture. The curriculum provides a unique combination of practical and theoretical study, providing the opportunity to study scientific and technical subjects, whilst gaining practical experience and responsibility working with one of the most comprehensive botanic collections in the world.

Deadline for applications: 31st January for September start

The Elizabeth Hess Scholarship at Tresco Abbey Gardens

The Elizabeth Hess Scholarship at Tresco Abbey Gardens

A year’s practical training for up to three students who plan a career in Botanic Gardens. It is very valuable for those who already have a basic training and qualification in practical horticulture and are ready for the next step which will enhance their personal skills.

Deadline for applications: 1st March

The Professional Gardeners' Trust

The Professional Gardeners’ Trust

The Professional Gardeners’ Trust was established in 2004 to fund training and study for working gardeners in the UK and Ireland.

The PGT provides gardeners with the opportunity to acquire skills and gain qualifications through part-time courses and work placements. This enhances their careers and benefits the horticulture profession as a whole.

The School of Heritage Gardening

The School of Heritage Gardening

The National Trust for Scotland’s School of Heritage Gardening at Threave Garden has been training generations of gardeners since 1961. Students learn the art, craft and science of horticulture – from pruning, grafting and glasshouse cultivation, to plant identification and the use of gardening machinery and tools. Applications open in the New Year.

Grow Careers

Grow Careers

Grow your own career in horticulture: the website provides a source of information for entering into, or progressing within, the horticultural industry. It exists to support new entrants into the sector, and inform progression and diversification of careers within the industry.

Grow Careers is here to help, by providing profiles of those already working within the industry, responding to careers questions via email, or sharing the advice collected from experienced horticultural professionals.

Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Chartered Institute of Horticulture

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture is open to any professional within the horticultural industry, from those at the beginning of their education or career, to those already well established within the field. Its membership comprises, and represents, those that are involved in amenity horticulture, parks, landscaping, botanic/heritage gardens, and the full range of horticulture within leisure industries as well as those producing, managing, growing and marketing all edible and decorative horticultural crops, allied research, education and consultancy. It also includes those working in associated supply industries and students taking their first steps into horticulture.

The Institute runs an annual Young Horticulturist of the Year competition and is involved with Grow Careers, a non profit initiative set up with a group of influential organisations to inform people about horticultural careers and the range of fantastic opportunities on offer.