Perennial-Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society

Apprentice Gardener


Perennial-Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society

Training Provider:


Weekly wage £146.25
37.5 hours per week 37.5 Mon to Fri from 8.30 to 4.30 including a 30 min break.
duration: 20 months
start: 7 October 2019
Bury St Edmunds
Intermediate(level 2)
Horticulture (apprenticeship standard)
20 September 2019 (application closing date)
Apprentice Gardeners Position in a stunning 7-acre plantsman’s garden beside the River Lark.


Vacancy Description

An apprentice Gardener is required to assist in looking after an enchanting and tranquil waterside and woodland 7-acre garden. You will work alongside 3 full time gardeners and a team of volunteers to look after a collection of rare and unusual plants.
The garden is open to the public and private groups throughout the summer, therefore you will be part of the team ensuring it is maintained to extremely high standards.
The successful applicant will learn and undertake a range of gardening tasks in the upkeep and care of Fullers Mill Garden.

Horticultural Duties:

To learn and undertake daily and seasonal gardening tasks to an exceptional high standard, under the general direction of the Head Gardener, including but not limited to:

  • Pruning – pruning of trees shrubs using the correct horticultural methods
  • General garden maintenance – maintaining paths, leaf clearing, tidying and weeding
  • Propagation/seed sowing – Using various propagation techniques to increase both garden and nursery stock
  • Plant husbandry – Watering, pest and disease control and glasshouse house management
  • Lawn care – Mowing, feeding and seeding
  • Nursery work – Re-stocking plant sales, re-potting and ensuring plant are of the highest quality for the Garden and nursery
  • Planting – Both Tree, shrub and perennial layers
  • Plant knowledge – Learning the plants in the garden and beyond

Operational Duties:

  • To support the opening of the garden, including dealing with and helping the public
  • To support other activities taking place in the garden e.g. volunteering, special events etc. by good teamwork and willingness to undertake practical tasks associated with those activities
  • To adhere to all relevant policies i.e. those relating to Health and Safety at all times
  • To undertake other duties within the broad scope of the job as may be required by the line manager once adequate training has been given
  • To undertake occasional weekend and evening work during the garden open season

Future Prospects

  • This opportunity could lead to further qualifications in horticulture, increased employability opportunities and knowledge of horticultural practices

Reality Check

  • You will be required to work outside in all weathers

Skills Required

  • Ability to work outside doing manual tasks

Qualities Required

  • Friendly
  • Sociable
  • Willing to learn
  • Work as part of a team

Qualifications Required

  • Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability
  • Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs, or equivalents, including English and maths at grades A-C or 9- 4
  • Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment
  • Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship
  • Please note: Those without the stated entry requirements or awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, may be offered an appointment to come into college (Easton or Otley campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability

Training Provided

  • Qualification: Level 2 NVQ in Horticulture, Functional skills if needed
  • College attendance: None
  • Training for all job specific tasks will be given
  • In addition the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks
  • There may be the occasional need to attend either the Otley or Easton campus for short training courses and tests