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Kew Diploma Student

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Job Overview

  • Postal Code TW9 3AE
  • Job Location London
  • Region South East


Section 1: Job Description

Job purpose:

To deliver RBG Kew’s mission by fully participating in the Kew Diploma in Horticulture programme, fulfilling the required academic and practical requirements of the course, while contributing to a range of activities that inspire and educate visitors and support the conservation and research functions of the organisation.

Job Context:

This role comes under the School of Horticulture. The Kew Diploma students are employed to undertake the 3 year Kew Diploma course during which time they are expected to complete the rigorous and extensive academic and practical horticultural training, while gaining practical horticultural work experience in each of the two Sections of the Horticulture, Kew Department.


  1. Complete the required academic and practical training requirements of the Kew Diploma as outlined in the student handbook, prioritising work load and requirements appropriately.
  2. Undertake required horticultural tasks, either alone or in teams, to a performance standard agreed with the placement line manager. Participate in on-the-job training, to become competent in a broad range of horticultural tasks and record this through use of the daily work record and the Practical Training Log
  3. Help maintain a positive approach in the workplace. Give and receive feedback on work performance with team leader or manger and seek clarity to resolve any misunderstandings that may occur.
  4. Interact with public and other professionals visiting the Gardens in a positive and professional manner. Consistently convey a professional image, maintaining suitable appearance, manner and social skills.
  5. Undertake up to 6 weekend duties per annum (however more may be available)
  6. Ensure compliance with all Health and Safety regulations and procedures, ensuring that equipment and machinery issued is kept safe and securely.

Financial Resposibilities:

All staff are responsible for management of their own time and resources.

  1. Ensure that the individual book and equipment allowance is used to provide the materials necessary for completion of the course.
  2. Ensure annual leave allowance is as per student handbook.

Position within the team:


Section 2: Person Specification

Education and Experience:


  • A good general education, to include at least 5 GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science and 2 GCSE ‘A’ levels preferably in science subjects (or equivalent)
  • A good horticultural education to include a full horticultural qualification to a minimum of QCF Level 2 (or equivalent).
  • Horticultural employment, equivalent to two years full time horticultural work experience in a recognised horticultural establishment, prior to the start date for the course.
  • Must be eligible to be employed to work in the United Kingdom for the duration of the course
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, internationally recognised evidence will be required of having obtained proficiency in reading, writing and spoken English. e.g. the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum level 7 (Good User) in comprehension, written and spoken English.


  • Practical horticultural experience in a botanic garden or public garden
  • Experience of working with diverse plant collections
  • A broad horticultural skill base having experience of range of horticultural tasks
  • Experience of working in teams

Job Specific Competencies:


  • Knowledge of the cultivation of a range of plants, including pest and disease control and use of horticultural machinery
  • Must be able to demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for horticulture and have a good plant knowledge
  • Be able to write comprehensive and well structured reports/keep accurate records, while being able to research and present information in a range of formats e.g. essays, projects, reports, presentations.
  • Must be able to utilise a range of horticultural tools & equipment, in a safe manner and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of health & safety issues in horticulture
  • Must be able to undertake physical work in a range of different environments (including high temperatures and high humidity e.g. work placements under glass), as well as being able to work outside in all seasons.
  • Be able to prioritise own workload and manage own time effectively.
  • Have effective communication skills, both written and verbal and must demonstrate a willingness to listen and learn
  • Sound computer skills – e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Must be able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Be a supportive and effective team player and helpful to colleagues.
  • Have sound judgement and be able to recognise the need for appropriate consultation, whilst suggesting range of solutions and contingencies.
  • Be friendly, polite, approachable and helpful to visitors at all times.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take on new work.
  • Be adaptable and able to deal with changing priorities.


  • Have proven team-working experience.
  • UK / international drivers licence
  • Knowledge and understanding of H&S legislation e.g. COSHH
  • FEPA PA1 and PA6 pesticide application certification

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