Amenity horticulturist: job description

Amenity horticulturist: job description

Amenity horticulturists are responsible for designing, creating and managing a variety of leisure, recreational and garden areas such as woodlands, country parks, historic gardens, cemeteries and botanic/public gardens.
Amenity horticulturists work for employers as varied as the National Trust and private gardens to media organisations.

What does an amenity horticulturist do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Amenity horticulturists can find themselves doing anything from clipping lawns to managing forests. The typical responsibilities of the job include:

  • designing garden plans/planting layouts
  • advising about tree planting schemes
  • undertaking environmental assessments
  • planning restoration projects (visiting sites, researching plans etc)
  • overseeing horticultural cultivation, maintenance and weed/pest/disease control programmes
  • ensuring compliance with organic cultivation requirements
  • analysing horticultural yields
  • organising horticultural trials
  • maintaining financial and administrative records
  • developing, advertising and marketing services
  • liaising/communicating with colleagues, local officials, the public, professional groups etc
  • writing technical publications
  • advisory leaflets and reports
  • organizing or giving presentations and attending conferences
  • undertaking research
  • negotiating contracts with buyers and suppliers
  • writing and modifying business plans
  • supervising staff

Typical employers of amenity horticulturists

  • Local authorities
  • National Park rangers
  • Highways Agency
  • National Trust
  • English Heritage
  • Historic Scotland
  • Botanic gardens

Qualifications and training required

The majority of entrants into the profession hold a horticultural qualification. Degrees or HNDs in horticulture, agriculture, soil/earth sciences, environmental science or crop/plant science are beneficial. A relevant postgraduate qualification isn't essential but it may be helpful for some opportunities.

Key skills for amenity horticulturists

  • Initiative
  • Commercial awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Practical cultivation skills
  • An aptitude for working with flora and fauna

All candidates must be physically fit and capable of working well under the pressure of meeting tight deadlines. A full driving licence is also a common requirement.