The gardens at Audley End


A career with us could see you conserve and restore some of the most significant gardens in England, and enable our visitors to enjoy the great cultural heritage of our gardens.

Our gardens illustrate the depth of horticultural history from across the centuries, from the Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle through to the 1930’s gardens at Eltham Place, and vary in size from Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and his garden of international significance, to the magnificent Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. 

Osborne House - Gardener

Career Paths

Each of our 11 main gardens offers a unique place to shape a career that aligns with your horticultural skills and personal interests.

A passion for gardens and people is a must. Our gardens are one of the main reasons many of our visitors come to our places, as they seek to understand both the history of our gardens as well as our future plans.

Your career with us could start in a range of different roles. We employ trainees, gardeners, head gardeners and garden supervisors. See below for more information about the roles, and our current vacancies.

Audley End Gardner


You'll play an active role within the Historic Places Horticultural Team and also supervise and train volunteers and trainees.

With the diversity of our garden histories and locations comes a great variety of experiences you will gain while developing your craft garden skills.You could find yourself working in a range of environments, from kitchen gardens, woodland gardens and parks, to gardens with specialist historic plant collections, including trees, hedges, shrubs, roses, wall trained fruit trees, climbers, herbaceous plants and annuals.

We also have several trainee posts at our larger garden sites particularly at Audley End House, Osborne, and Wrest Park, where you will be involved in all aspects of seasonal garden maintenance.

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The formal gardens in front of Wrest Park

Senior Gardener

With honed craft gardener skills and the specialist skills we need in our gardens, you'll provide efficient, high quality, skilled maintenance. You will play an active role in the horticultural team, supervising, training and monitoring junior gardeners, trainees and volunteers.

Current Vacancies

Down House, Garden

Garden Supervisor

Garden Supervisors either have full responsibility for a single site (where there are no other permanent full-time garden staff), or they're responsible for the day to day operation of a large complex site in collaboration with the head gardener.

With proven specialist horticultural skills and supervisory and management ability, you'll maximise visitor enjoyment by maintaining excellent standards of presentation and promotion of the historic 'green' environment.

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Head Gardener

Our Head Gardeners are skilled and experienced horticulturalists with a passion for plants and historic gardens. You'll be part of the historic place management team, managing and curating a garden and its historic plant collections.  You'll be responsible for ensuring that its history, archaeology, ecology, evolved design and artistic integrity are conserved and presented in an exemplary manner, and documented to according to nationally-recognised standards.

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Alan North, Head Gardener at Audley End

I really enjoy working in such a beautiful garden - you can’t fail to take inspiration from such surroundings. Perhaps my biggest achievement in the garden has been planning, sowing and maintaining one of the large annual beds in the walled garden. Being given the responsibility and ownership of such a project has been brilliant. 

India Sida-Murray, Trainee Gardener - Osborne

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