Current Vacancies

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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

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