Current Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. We regret that due to the popularity of some vacancies, if we haven’t contacted you within 28 days please assume that your application was unsuccessful.

The Living Rainforest and Trust for Sustainable Living are equal opportunity employers.

Please scroll down for further information on the following vacancies:

  • Tour Guide
  • Assistant Horticulturist
  • Café & Gift Shop Assistant (Friday to Monday)
  • Café & Gift Shop Assistant (Saturday)


Tour Guide

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to become part-time tour guides at The Living Rainforest. Following training, you will be booked on an hourly basis to guide groups of schoolchildren through our glasshouses, introducing them to various rainforest-related topics and issues.

The Living Rainforest is a vibrant place which provides learning opportunities and training as well as a friendly, sociable working atmosphere and flexible hours during term time and school holidays.

Experience of working with children or in an educational role is desirable but not essential as training will be given.
Rates of pay: £11.75-£12.75 per tour

If you are interested please call 01635 202444 opt 3 and ask for Emily or email your CV to finance[AT]


Assistant Horticulturist

The Living Rainforest currently has a vacancy for an assistant horticulturist with the plant department. This is a rare opportunity to work with unusual and exotic plants.

Trust for Sustainable Living is a registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. At our visitor centre, The Living Rainforest, the tropical plant collection is contained within three tropical glasshouses consisting of more than 600 species, many of which are rare or endangered in the wild. These include aroids, calatheas, ficuses, gingers, heliconiums and many others. There is also an outdoor exotic plant themed garden.

The role:
• This is primarily a hands-on practical role, working with a small group of volunteers on a diverse range of tropical and temperate plants reporting directly to the Chief Horticulturist.
• You will be expected to assist with basic plant care such as watering and pruning, propagation, exhibit construction, informal education and much more in this diverse role.
• You will assist in the supervision and training of volunteers, interns and work experience students to ensure consistently high standards. You should have some experience of supervising a small team and teaching relevant skills, this need not be in a horticultural setting.

• Applicants should have a minimum 1 year horticultural experience (full time employment)
• Knowledge of tropical and rainforest flora would be preferred.
• Educated to ‘A’ level standard or equivalent including at least one science.
• GCSE A-C or equivalent in English or Maths
• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• A full driver’s license and own vehicle will be necessary for travel to and from workplace as public transport is limited.
• The Living Rainforest is an equal opportunities employer.

Please send a one page cover letter and CV to Human Resources.

Email: enquiries[AT]

Post: HR Department, The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 0TN


Café & Gift Shop Assistant (Friday to Monday)

We have a great opportunity for an outgoing, energetic and customer focused Café & Gift Shop Assistant. You will be working as part of a welcoming team providing front of house services to the general public and school parties at The Living Rainforest.

The successful candidate will be required to work primarily in our café with occasional cover on the shop and front entrance tills. In the café you will be serving a varied menu which includes hot and cold food, tea, coffee and cakes whilst our shop supplies a broad range of gifts, many of which are fair-trade or ethically sourced.

Do you want to work as part of a great team all looking to give our customers a wonderful experience? If so we have permanent positions immediately available. Duties include serving customers, stock rotation, cash handling, dealing with customer queries, till operation and associated tasks.

Previous catering or shop experience preferred.

Food Hygiene certificate would be an advantage, however a full training package will be provided.

Hours: 32 hours per week (4 days) including weekends (Friday-Monday)

Pay: starts at £7.20/hour

Job Location: The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham, Berkshire.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this role to finance[AT]

Café & Gift Shop Assistant (Saturdays)

We are looking for an outgoing, energetic and customer focused person to join our friendly team, working primarily in the café and front of house/gift shop area on weekends and holidays (e.g. Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays, School Holidays).

Responsibilities include the daily preparation, cleaning and presentation of food in our café, as well as greeting and serving customers in our gift shop and front desk. Must be a friendly and approachable individual and have the ability to work in a team as well as independently. Uniform and full training will be provided.

Some catering or shop experience preferred.

Pay: starts at £7.20/hour

Job Location: The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham, Berkshire.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this role to finance[AT]

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