Training and Careers

The National Trust for Scotland cares for some of the most important Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. Our gardeners are highly respected for the commitment and sensitivity that they give to the management of our gardens which attract so many visitors each year.

Since 1961 the School of Heritage Gardening has been training future generations of gardeners in the fine traditions of Scottish Gardening covering the varied styles and locations that cover the Scottish Landscape.

Download the Course Information & Application Pack. We provide up to 12 funded placements each year as well as a range of voluntary internships. Since 2012 the National Trust for Scotland has been working in partnership with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) to provide a 4 year Diploma course.

Applications open in Spring with the new courses starting in September.  For additional information, please email

NTS Supports the Grow Careers InitiativeGROW, an online resource to inform people about horticulture careers and the range of opportunities available in the sector, was launched November 2008.

Visit the GROW website for more information about the wide range of careers available to you in horticulture.

Join Us - Gardening vacancies

As well as the unique opportunity of working in stunning historic surroundings, you’ll enjoy a competitive salary plus pension benefits.  Included in your package will be free admission to all our properties and significant discounts in all our shops. Other current benefits include a generous holiday allowance.

Working for the National Trust for Scotland is a truly enjoyable experience that brings great job satisfaction; you will engage with thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the horticultural treats of our famous gardens as well as meeting the wider Trust gardens community comprising more than 100 staff.

The National Trust for Scotland welcomes applications from suitably qualified and experienced horticulturists for its garden staff vacancies.

For information on volunteering opportunities in our gardens please visit our volunteers section.

School of Heritage Gardening