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Each year the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust hires a number of First Year Apprentices in Horticulture. This is the start of a four-year structured training program. Apprentices are expected to successfully complete formal training through TAFE and on the job training modules during the apprenticeship.
Generally, TAFE courses are attended 1 day a week, with 4 days a week spent on the job. After successfully completing the apprenticeship, a trade competency certificate is issued.
The main function of the Horticultural Apprentices is to assist with and be trained in the hands on horticultural development and maintenance of the Trust’s horticultural collections and displays within controlled environments and in ground. This includes pest and disease control, weeding, mowing, edging, record keeping, curation of collections, and the use and maintenance of associated plant and equipment.
Apprentices are also trained in all aspects of occupational health and safety policies and procedures. Their horticultural duties are completed within set horticultural and safety standards.
Horticultural Apprentices also undertake academic studies in Horticulture. These studies provide them with knowledge and skills to assist them in their hands-on-training in all aspects of horticulture.
There is an annual intake of apprentices in horticulture covering all three Gardens sites. Advertisements are generally run each November. Vacancies are advertised at www.jobs.nsw.gov.au and in the ‘NSW Government’ section of the classified advertisements in the Saturday editions of the Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph.