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Training at the Botanic Garden

We have an international reputation for quality training and education programmes. We enjoy teaching and have the experience and skills to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to further your career.

We can accommodate training for:

International student volunteers

This is usually in a voluntary placement of 1 to 12 months but we will consider less than 1 month. To find out more contact Barbara Wheeler, Collections Supervisor, Dunedin Botanic Garden 477 4000 or

Training Placement

We can accommodate students who are currently studying at an overseas horticultural college and have to train overseas to meet course objectives. To find out more contact Barbara Wheeler, Collections Supervisor, Dunedin Botanic Garden 477 4000 or

Work Placement

For people no longer in horticultural training who need to further their experience and training. To find out more contact Barbara Wheeler, Collections Supervisor, Dunedin Botanic Garden 477 4000 or


After a 3-year contract of work and study, this apprenticeship will result in the NZ Certificate in Amenity Horticulture (Level 4). The qualification is highly respected by the horticulture industry both in NZ and overseas.

You will work a 5-day week in the Botanic Garden plus carry out theoretical study with Otago Polytechnic. You need to keep a daily work diary, sit monthly plant identification tests and attend annual block courses of 2 weeks with Otago Polytechnic.

Apprentices are paid industry rates and have normal work entitlements such as leave. Every 6 months you will be rotated to a new plant collection to develop an understanding of all aspects of plant collection management, development and maintenance.

4Trades Apprenticeships, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Apprentice Facilitator - Botanic Garden, phone 479 0181.

Current Vacancies at Dunedin Botanic Garden: Horticultural Apprenticeships

4Trades Apprenticeships, in partnership with the Dunedin Botanic Garden, is seeking diligent and organised people who are genuinely passionate about plants to join their growing team. This exciting opportunity is a full-time, paid position working in a Garden of International Significance that is home to over 6,800 plant species.

In addition to on-job training, this apprenticeship position will require study and tutorials outside of working hours.  The ability to work methodically, show a strong work ethic, a commitment to learning and completing the three-year apprenticeship, is a pre-requisite.

To begin a horticultural apprenticeship the successful applicant will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and the ability to demonstrate the following skills to an intermediate level;

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Physical fitness

Applicants must possess:

  •  A full drivers license
  • Preferably NCEA Level 2, or NCEA Level 1 with proven experience in horticulture

In return, you will;

  • Work with and learn from a hard-working and experienced team of horticulturists
  • Be given support and encouragement to complete your NZ Certificate in Amenity Horticulture (Level 4)
  • Graduate with the skills, experience and qualifications to build a career in horticulture

If you possess the above mentioned skills and attributes and are interested in applying for one of these fulfilling positions, please request a full application pack from;

4 Trades Apprenticeships

PO Box 5782, Dunedin

Phone:  03 479 0181

Applications close 5pm, Monday 05 June 2017

Work Experience

We offer work experience to school students who are serious about horticulture and want to see if it is a career option for them. Ask your school to arrange a week or two's work experience with us.

To find out more contact Barbara Wheeler, Collections Supervisor, Dunedin Botanic Garden 477 4000 or

Project Green Jobs

We provide 6 month practical experience/work for the full time Malcam Trust Project Green Jobs programme.

This small team works in the Botanic Garden learning workplace requirements and vital practical experience in Grounds Maintenance. Contact the Malcam Trust on 477 4175 or visit their website at

Otago Polytechnic Horticulture Courses

We provide the practical component for the New Zealand National Certificate in Horticulture course, in partnership with the Otago Polytechnic.

For more information or to enrol, contact the Otago Polytechnic Natural Resources Department.

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