Want to work for the Queen? Buckingham Palace is hiring a live-in gardener

By Zach Harper

If you have a green thumb, are a landscaper, dream of working on some of the greatest gardens in the world, or all of the above, we may have found a job for you! Buckingham Palace is looking for a live-in gardener – so not only will you tend to the Royal Family’s finest plants, but you’ll also live in the same place as the Queen and Prince Philip!

The role is a full-time, permanent position, and has a starting salary of £18,100 (about $31,600), though that could change depending on your experience. If you’re selected, you’ll be responsible for maintaining the gardens of Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace to “an exceptional standard,” according to the job listing on the Royal Family’s website.

Guests admiring the incredible blooms during the annual Buckingham Palace garden party. Photo: © Tim Graham/Getty Images

You’ll also have to “keep the lawns in top condition,” regularly mow and edge them, rake them, re-seed them and put down top dressing. The person selected will also be responsible for maintaining both palaces’s shrubs, rose bushes and herbaceous borders, along with making sure the plants maintain their health, and ensuring younger trees and shrubs grow.

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The Royal Family is also hoping the candidate who is selected will “plant new shrubbery, bulbs and seasonal flower displays, ensuring that they continue to provide a spectacular setting for a magnificent historic building, as well as for high profile events.”

To qualify, you’ll need a minimum of a Horticulture NVQ level 2 (or similar) from the Royal Horticultural Society and you’ll need to be familiar with operating “a wide range of garden machinery.” You’ll also need a C1 UK driving licence, since you’ll be using a “large lorry” while you work. Good communication skills are also essential for the job.

If this sounds like you, head over to the Royal Family’s website to apply. The job posting closes next Wednesday (April 24).

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