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Training opportunities

Training at the Botanic Garden

We have an international reputation for quality training and education programmes. We enjoy teaching and have the experience and resources to provide you with practical learning experiences to assist you in furthering your knowledge and skills.

Current opportunities

Apprentice training

This is a three-year contract of work and study, which, if completed successfully, will result in qualifying with the NZ Certificate in Amenity Horticulture (Level 4). This qualification is highly respected within the horticulture industry in NZ and overseas.

It involves working five days a week in the Botanic Garden and your own time theoretical study, supported by the Horticultural Training Organisation. You will be asked to keep a daily work diary, sit monthly plant identification tests and attend annual block courses.

For more details, please contact 4Trades Apprenticeships, Business South, Apprentice Facilitator - Botanic Garden, phone 479 0181.

Project Green jobs

We provide work opportunities to qualifying students of Southern Youth Development. This small team works in the Botanic Garden learning important workplace skills while gaining practical experience in grounds maintenance. Contact Southern Youth Development on 477 4175 or visit their website at

Otago Polytechnic Horticulture

We have a long standing relationship with the Otago Polytechnic where we provide the opportunity for horticultural students to complete the practical component of their NZ National Certificate in Horticulture here at the Botanic Garden.

For more information, or to enrol for one of their courses, contact the Otago Polytechnic Natural Resources Department.

International student volunteers

Horticultural/botanical work experience placements are from one to 12 months long, giving students an opportunity to expand and challenge their knowledge and skills.

International academic training placements

Available for overseas students studying at horticultural institutions and colleges who are required to train offshore to meet course objectives.

Work placement

Available for those who have completed training in a related field of horticulture or botany who wish to further their experience and training.

Work experience

We offer work experience to tertiary school students who are seriously thinking about horticulture as a career.

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