A job advert for a rather special gardening position has been posted on the royal household's recruitment website.


A new vacancy has arisen for a live-in gardener at Buckingham Palace. The role pays £18,100 per annum dependent on experience, and meals are provided.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks during the launch of her Back to Nature Garden and the Back to Nature Festival at RHS Garden Wisley
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A full-time position, five days a week, job tasks listed include maintaining the Royal Gardens and surrounding areas of Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace. Regular mowing, edging, raking and re-seeding will be involved as well as maintaining the 'shrub, herbaceous and rose borders whilst monitoring and nurturing the health of plants and young trees'.

St James's Park Lake and gardens
St James's Palace © In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images

The advert reads: 'A minimum qualification of Horticulture NVQ 2 (or similar) will be essential, as will experience operating a wide range of garden machinery. With a clean C1 UK driving license, you’ll be confident driving a lorry as part of your work.'

The permanent role reports to the Privy Purse and Treasurer's Office. It's not been confirmed whether or not The Queen will be conducting interviews.

It's not the first time this year that Buckingham Palace has advertised for a gardener. A job advert was also posted in April 2019.


The vacancy closes on 28 of January 2020. Apply here.


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London