EVER considered working in the Royal Household?
Well, luckily a job as the Queen’s gardener has opened up and for a salary of £19,500 a year.
According to an advert on the Buckingham Palace website the role, which is based at Windsor Castle, is described as helping to ‘shape the future of the gardens that thousands will admire’ and will ‘contribute to its unique history’.
The job offers the individual the chance to ‘make their mark’ on the vast royal grounds of 52,609 square metres – or 13.000 acres -and states: “Joining the Gardens team, you’ll help ensure the grounds of Windsor Castle and the surrounding areas are maintained to the highest of standards.”
It is a permanent role, working: “Full time, 5 days per week. Weekend working will occasionally be required.”
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Describing working at the palace as offering a sense of ‘pride in joining a team at the heart of a world famous institution’, it goes on to say that working for the Royal Household is ‘exceptional’.
The advert says: “The Gardens team at The Royal Household maintain and care for gardens that are seen by thousands of visitors and guests every year.”
“Helping to shape the future of the gardens, you’ll plant new shrubbery, bulbs and seasonal flower displays, ensuring that they continue to provide a spectacular setting for a historic building.
“And in conserving the garden’s rich biodiversity, you’ll contribute to its unique history whilst learning from expert colleagues.’
The ideal candidate has: “A passion for horticulture, along with relevant experience and a good working knowledge of plants and turf care.”
It is important to note that you will also need a minimum qualification of Horticulture NVQ 2 (or similar) and a full UK driving license in order to apply.
This is because you will be expected to operate a wide range of garden machinery as the Queen’s gardener.
You will maintain The Long Walk, a double lined avenue of trees, which runs for 2.65 miles – or 4.26 km.
There’s also the Home Park on the northern edge of Windsor Great Park, which is 5,000 acres and is home to some of the oldest broadleaved woodlands in all of Europe.
The role closes on January 5 next year so best to get your skates on if you are keen to: “Research and explore new ideas for developing the gardens and grounds.”
James Upsher, a former Assistant Private Secretary to the York family advises hopefuls to play it cool.
Surprisingly, he advised interested applicants not to go on about how the job would ‘fulfill childhood dreams of working for the palaces’, and recommends highlighting any connections to the Commonwealth in your address book to snag the sought-after role.
He said: “This is the golden rule. I’d bet in my pile of 500 applications for a role, around 100 will have ruled themselves out in the very first line of the application with the words ‘I have always dreamed of working for the Royal Family.”
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