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Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens – Job Desc


Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands


Horticultural Apprentice (Aboriginal)


Location: Sydney Gardens


Job Grade / Classification: Horticultural Apprentice


Employment Status: Temporary Full-time


Vacancy Ref: OEH 009-15


About us: The Office of Environment and Heritage leads policy and reform in environment regulation, sustainability, biodiversity and native vegetation, coastal protection, and Aboriginal cultural heritage. We manage 6.8 million hectares of national parks and reserves and the Heritage branch within OEH works with communities to identify important places and objects and provides guidance in looking after heritage items.


Area Intro: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust (RBG&DT) manages and conserves the horticulture of the living collections at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Domain, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Blue Mountain Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.


Duties: The Horticultural Apprentice will assist with and be trained in the hands on horticultural development and maintenance of horticultural collections and displays within controlled environments and in ground. This includes nursery, plant production, pest and disease control, weeding, mowing, edging, record keeping, curation of collections, and the use and maintenance of associated plant and equipment.


The Horticultural Apprentice will undertake and complete formal academic training in the Horticulture, Parks and Gardens Trade Certificate III, , as required for qualification for a Certificate of Competency in terms of the NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act.


To Apply: Your application should consist of:


  • Resume (or CV) that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages)
  • Cover letter that summarises your skills, qualifications and experience, and addresses the following targeted questions (maximum of 2 pages):


Q1.   Describe a gardening project you have worked on, either in a previous job, or in a community garden, or at home. Where did you get the knowledge you needed to carry out this project? How did you construct the garden? How did you work out what plants to use? What did you do to promote growth in the garden and get rid of pests? What work, health and safety precautions did you take?


Q2.  Describe a time you had to work as a member of a team. How did you communicate with the other team members? Give an example of your contribution to this team, and what made your contribution important to the team’s outcomes?



The information provided in your application must demonstrate that you meet the focus capabilities for the role.  (Refer to the role description for details about these capabilities and the behaviours associated with them.)


Job Notes: This is an identified position under Section 9A of the NSW Anti Discrimination Act 1977.


NOTE: To apply for this job,


  1. Click on ‘Apply Online’ at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Complete all required fields of the application. However, DO NOT complete the Education and Work Experience sections of the application. In these sections, click on ‘Remove Education’ and ‘Remove Work Experience’.
  3. In the Supporting Documents section, under ‘Cover Letter’, type “see attached” in the text box.
  4. Also in the Supporting Documents section, under ‘attachments’, click ‘browse’ to attach your resume and cover letter.
  5. Pease DO NOT attach qualifications or other documents. You may be asked to bring these to an interview.
  6. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
  7. Overseas applicants MUST have a current visa to apply for any temporary role. All applicants to ongoing roles MUST be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status at the time of application.
  8. A talent Pool may be established for future vacancies and may be available to hiring managers from OEH and other NSW Public Sector agencies for use in similar roles within the next 12 months.


Inquiries: Randy Sing (02) 9231 8339   Randy.Sing [at]   

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Applications Close: Friday, 13 February 2015


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  1. Paul permalink
    February 12, 2015

    I am making an enquiry as to the close date and time of the Horticultural Apprentice (Aboriginal). I can see that it closes on February 13th, does that mean until the end of the business day?

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