Work experience & trainee placements

Work Experience 2018

Applications for work experience in 2017 have now closed and unfortunately can no longer be accepted. 

If you are interested in applying for work experience for our 2018 season, please fill out the 2018 form (file size pdf 36kb) and return by 31st January 2018 to the HR Department, Chatsworth Estate Office, Nr Edensor, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PJ.

Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme

Would you like to advance your horticultural career by gaining practical skills and knowledge in historic gardens?

If so, the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme (HBGTP) may be just what you’re looking for...

About the Scheme

The HBGTP scheme represents an unrivalled opportunity for committed and enthusiastic horticulturists to progress their careers. By working alongside the professional teams at exceptional British gardens, trainees build a solid technical knowledge and acquire high-level practical skills.
Opportunity at Chatsworth
Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, has evolved over more than 450 years. Today, the diverse garden covering over a hundred acres, consists of many important layers of development, historic features and most aspects of horticulture. 
The successful candidate will work in all areas of the garden and opportunities for experience will include:
• Seasonal maintenance of flower, shrub, kitchen gardens, woodland gardens and parks, including specialised  historic plant collections
• Planting of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals, and bulbs.
• Maintenance of herbaceous plantings: staking, dead heading, dividing.
• Propagation, plant production and maintenance under glass.
• General maintenance of all glasshouses, frames and polytunnels.
• Fruit, vegetable and cut flower cultivation.
• Formative, seasonal and restorative pruning of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, climbers and hedges.
• Use and maintenance of garden machinery including mowers, strimmers, tractor and trailers.
• Turf maintenance.
• Weed, pest and disease control.
• Maintenance of paths, gates and other hard landscaping.

Apply Now

Visit the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme website for more information and to submit an application by clicking here


Trainee placements in the garden

Each year starting in September, we have a new intake of trainees from the two schemes listed below. For more information and how to apply for either of these courses please visit their respective websites: