Horticulture and gardening

Belfast botanic gardens

Jobs in horticulture and gardening but not green keeping.

If you're looking for work specifically with trees click here to the Arboriculture section.

Jobs and employment

Typical jobs include Gardener, Wildlife Gardener, Horticultural Manager, Community Allotment Project Officer, Horticultural Therapist. the National Careers Service has role profiles for some of these and many more (click the links)

Farm work often includes working in close contact with animals, in the countryside sector this could include Conservation Grazing projects. The National Careers Service profiles a Farm Worker.

See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.

Skills, training and CPD.

There are many different skills and qualifications required to work in horticulture

If you're thinking of a career working in horticulture there are details of longer courses such as practical horticulture skills and garden management on the Training Directory here.

Some courses are available by Distance Learning such as RHS Certificate in Principles of Horticulture, see these here.

Information and in depth articles

Creating and restoring new habitat or accidently spreading plant pests and pathogens?, The James Hutton Institute

How to set up a community garden, Social Farms & Gardens

Horticulture careers with the National Trust: 500 years of garden history, a lifetime of opportunities, National Trust

The power of community gardens – growing people and places, Groundwork

The orchard habitat, PTES

Creating a wildflower garden, Plantlife (Featured Charity 2017)


Useful organisations

Royal Horticultural Society

Permaculture Association 

Social Farms & Gardens 

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