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.

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 and must include Maths and English GSCE.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Applicant should be physically fit and able to lift 20kg unassisted, and able to work in a hot climate.
  • A full clean 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.


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

Weekend Front of House Assistant

We are looking for an outgoing, energetic and customer focused Weekend Front of House Assistant. You will be working as part of a welcoming team providing front of house services to the general public at The Living Rainforest. The successful candidate will be required to work primarily in our Café alongside the Shop and Front Entrance Reception. In the Café you will be serving a varied menu including a selection of hot and cold food, drinks and cakes. This position will require selling tickets to visitors, cash handling experience would therefore be an advantage, however training will be given.

Do you want to work as part of a close team looking to give our customers a wonderful experience? If so we have permanent positions available. Duties include serving customers, stock rotation, cash handling, dealing with customer queries, till operation and associated tasks. Food Hygiene certificate and a catering experience would be an advantage, however a full training package will be provided. Hours: Saturday and/or Sunday 0930-1730.

Job Type: Part-time

To apply, please send your CV together to Human Resources with a covering letter explaining why you are a good candidate for this role.


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

Animal Intern (starting Dec 2017)

The Living Rainforest is inviting applications for an unpaid voluntary work placement with the Animal Department. Our internship programme has been running successfully for over three years and we are now offering the vacancy to external candidates.

The Trust for Sustainable Living is a registered charity based near Newbury, Berkshire. At our visitor centre, The Living Rainforest, the animal collection is contained within three tropical glasshouses and consists of more than 60 species. These include callitrichids, dasyproctidae, turacos, snakes, chelonia, stingrays, dendrobatids, and invertebrates.

Role and responsibilities:

  • The primary role of the intern will be to participate in the daily husbandry and daily routines of the animal department. This includes feeding animals, maintaining enclosures, daily record keeping and animal health checks.
  • As an intern, you will also help with the daily supervision of existing volunteers and participate in the training of new volunteers and work experience students.
  • You will also receive training and be expected to participate in keeper talks and keeper experience days which run through holidays and at weekends.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the different aspects of the department such as veterinary treatment, enclosure design and record keeping.
  • Where suitable, there may also be opportunities for research projects to be undertaken.

Terms of placement:

  • This is a 6-12 month voluntary work placement at a registered charity, from December 2017.
  • It is preferred that interns are able to work from 9am to 5.30pm five days a week on a rota basis. This will include some weekends and bank holidays as necessary.

The applicant

  • Preference will be given to applicants with an animal-related qualification or working towards an animal-related qualification, who want to partake in this voluntary work placement in order to seek further industry experience.
  • Some experience within the zoo industry or with exotics would be desirable but not essential.
  • Applicants should be enthusiastic, hard-working and have a willingness to learn new skills.
  • We recommended that you have your own form of transport to get to and from The Living Rainforest each day as public transport is infrequent in this area.
  • Please note that there is no accommodation available with this position, but some assistance can be given towards moderate travel expenses.

To apply

The vacancy will remain open until November 17th 2017 unless filled sooner. Interviews will be held as soon as possible after applications are received, on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter, including a contact telephone number to Paula Rhoads, Human Resources:


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

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