Birmingham Botanical Gardens is pleased to recruit a Glasshouse Trainee for 18 months. This trainee role is suitable for someone with experience and training in horticulture, who is committed to developing a career in glasshouse horticulture.  The traineeship will consist of practical, on the job training, in our glasshouses and nurseries at a critical time in the development phase of our capital project to restore the glasshouses.  A number of written assignments on pest management and weekly work diaries are to be undertaken in the trainees in your own time so this role is suitable for an individual committed to their personal development.  You will work under the direction of the Senior Horticulturists in Glass in BBG’s small horticultural team, alongside volunteers.  Some weekend work on a rota required.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens Opened in 1832, Birmingham Botanical Gardens (registered charity number 528981) is one of just two independent charitable botanical gardens in the UK.

Spread across 15 acres, just one mile from Birmingham City Centre, BBG consists of over 7,000 formally documented plants, making it the largest and most diverse botanic collection in central England.

BBG’s heritage is woven into Birmingham’s history – once the most important manufacturing town in the world – and the site welcomes over 180,000 visitors each year.

As well as the gardens, which are a green sanctuary within the city, the charity also provides a unique educational resource for learning about plants, conservation, and the environment. We welcome visits from nurseries, schools, and colleges, as well as organised groups, and run adult courses and workshops in photography, nature, wildlife, heritage, and culture.

As an independent charity, we rely on the support of visitors, supporters, donors, and grants, as well as generating income from our trading arm, hosting weddings and special events. This support ensures that we can deliver our key charitable objectives, maintaining our Victorian glasshouses and our 15-acres of wonderful gardens, and developing educational projects for the Birmingham community.

A diverse botanical world that enhances all our lives: our mission is to support plant biodiversity and an understanding of its importance to the natural environment through conservation, education, engagement, and enjoyment.

Contract Type: Full time (Average of 39 hrs per week)

Salary: £22,105Full time (Average 39 hrs per week)

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To apply: Please send your CV and covering letter to

Application Deadline: 9am: 1st August 2023

Interviews: Between 7th –  18th August 2023.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens are keen to see applications from people of all backgrounds and communities and are committed to representing the diverse nature of the city. The Gardens look forward to receiving applications from all suitable candidates and will conduct inclusive recruitment processes based on attitude, experience, and qualifications. BBG are also committed to ensuring that no-one invited to interview should be excluded due to financial circumstances and will reimburse anyone attending interview (related costs must be supported by receipts) if required.