Visitor Host in Kew Gardens
Supportive and amazing location An inspiring and relaxing location to work. The job was fairly straight forward but rewarding to work with an international public, especially in the busier summer months.
Admin Assistant in London
Poor management and toxic cultureThe atmosphere started off really awesome, until it wasn’t! They want people to believe that Kew is one of the best places to work, but it's actually one of the worst.Micromanaging and giving pedantic and contradictory “coaching” on a regular basis. There is not enough staff so you constantly have angry and abusive patrons. The systems are horrendous and never work. Management could not care less about mental health and will actively do everything they can to make your health worse and then penalise you for it.
Seed Collections Assistant in Haywards Heath
*Millennium Seed Bank * I worked at the Millennium Seed Bank for just over a year as seed processing assistant. I previously studied conservation ecology and have an interest in botany having done my dissertation on a rare plant. I think this really helped me secure the job. The role was centred around processing seeds from around the world ready for storage in underground freezers, we would also test sub samples to check they’re still alive by growing them on agar. It was interesting at first but quickly became very monotonous. However it was an interesting experience but I didn’t see much progression there. Pay was 20k in 2017/18 which wasn’t quite enough but did reflect the level of responsibility in the role. Colleagues were very much older and I didn’t find the social aspect particularly fun. There would be more opportunities at Kew Gardens but jobs are hard to come by.
Assistant Gardener at Kew Gardens in Greater London
A productive and fun place to workI would do general gardening duties such as weeding ,planting ,leaf clearing pruning and mulching also using various machinery. I learnt a great deal from my manager and more experienced gardeners.The work place culture was casual and full as well as professional.Planting tree at Kew was one of the enjoyable parts of the job and returning after I left to see it maturing.
Customer facing department in Kew Gardens
Be part of the bigger pictureI have worked here for about a year and a half, and everyone at Kew is so different in relation to backgrounds, culture, knowledge and experience that it makes every single person there interesting. Everyone is so friendly, we are surrounded by the most beautiful plants in the world, all in once place and you work alongside the heroes who rescue them and you can be part of that by spreading the word in terms of the research and conservation that is done here. Absolutely phenomenal. If you are ready to absorb it, it just doesn't feel like any other job.