Horticultural Internship Programme

Working as a Horticultural Intern at one of gardens of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) you will work alongside our professional staff in the day to day management and maintenance of our world famous plant collections. At Edinburgh you will have access to our well-stocked Botanical Library and Herbarium and at all the gardens you will have contact on a daily basis with our experienced and specialist Staff. Many students have worked in one or more of our gardens and have enjoyed and benefited from their experiences with us. 

The Living Collection of RBGE is located on four sites - Edinburgh, Benmore (near Dunoon in Argyll), Logan (near Stranraer in Galloway) and Dawyck (near Peebles in the Borders), and is the second richest collection of plant species in the world. Further details on all four Gardens can be found on The Gardens page.

Shared self-catering accommodation is available at Logan and Benmore Botanic Garden if booked in advance.

As an intern we will offer you:

  • Experience alongside our experienced horticulturists in one of our four Gardens
  • RBGE poloshirt/sweatshirt (waterproofs and safety boots are not provided and are essential)
  • Free accommodation at Benmore and Logan Botanic Garden (Edinburgh and Dawyck can supply a list of nearby accommodation, however your own transport is essential at Dawyck.)
  • Certificate of Practical Training
  • Reference for your CV

With regret, we are currently unable to accept overseas students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on our horticultural internship programme as a result of changes in UK immigration regulations. We do not as an education provider currently fulfil any of the criteria necessary to support visa applications for such students.

For US students and recent graduates in the USA the BUNAC internship scheme has allowed such applicants to take up our horticultural internships, as BUNAC are able to support their visa applications.

Ensuring you have the correct immigration documents for entry into the UK is the responsibility of the individual intern.

Application Procedure

Early applications are recommended and applicants are responsible for financing the full duration of their internship. Funding opportunities can include: employer sponsorship, grants from universities or colleges, scholarships and bursaries, or self-sponsorship.

If you wish to take up the offer of an unpaid Horticultural Internship with us please complete and return the Horticultural Internship Application Form (you can download this from the box on the right), together with a copy of your current CV and a photograph by email to education@rbge.org.uk so that we can process your application.


  • Internships must last a minimum of 6 weeks
  • Good Conversational English
  • Previous Practical Experience

If you are not interested in doing an Internship with RBGE but would still like to volunteer please click here.

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