Horniman Museum & Gardens: Senior Gardener

South London based, Horniman Museum & gardens, with its 16 acres of beautiful gardens is looking to recruit a Senior Gardener.

Horniman museum glasshouse in South London

The Horniman Museum & gardens, opened in 1901, was a gift to the people in perpetuity from tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’. The museum is known for its displays of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments. Today, the Horniman has a collection of 350,000 objects, specimens and artefacts from around the world. Its galleries include natural history, music and an acclaimed aquarium, alongside a World Gallery of anthropology and a flexible arts and exhibition space, The Studio. Indoor exhibits link to the award-winning display gardens – from medicinal and dye gardens to an interactive sound garden, Butterfly House and an animal walk – set among 16 acres of beautiful, green space offering spectacular views across London

The Horniman Museum & Gardens are currently looking to recruit a skilled Senior Gardener to work with the Head of Horticulture and become part of their small but dedicated, creative and forward-thinking gardens team. The role requires the candidate to be well organised with impeccable time management skills. 

The candidate will have significant experience of horticulture in a public park or gardens, and probably a RHS Level 3 qualification. You’ll have an excellent knowledge of plants and horticultural techniques, and a real flair for the imaginative presentation of plants. As the Horniman is a busy visitor attraction you’ll also have experience of working with the public and be able to present a warm and friendly welcome to the Gardens. 

The Gardens team maintain the Gardens and Nature Trail to high horticultural standards and actively develop and evolve the Gardens by improving existing displays and installing bespoke ‘pop up gardens that integrate the museum’s collections/exhibitions with the Gardens living collection.

The Horniman Nursery is used to propagate plants for seasonal bedding displays and to support operations throughout the garden. The team liaises and provides support to other departments to assist in income generation events, site maintenance and learning activities. The team ensures the gardens are a safe environment for visitors, assists with any enquiries and help enforce the garden bylaws.

  • Contract: Full time, 35 hours
  • Salary: £30,053 (rising to £30,666 after probation)
  • Location: Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill in London
  • Application deadline: 28/06/2024 10:00

Full job and application details here.