Rangi Green in the Perennial Garden

Our staff

Meet the people behind the plants

Working at the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Our team is made up of 32 talented people with a variety of skills and specialist qualifications. We work across a diverse range of disciplines including horticulture, education, research, conservation and visitor services. 

The team works closely with other Auckland Council departments and stakeholders to achieve a wide range of outcomes – including Local and Sports Parks, Biodiversity, Biosecurity and the Stormwater team. 

Work with us 

Permanent positions at the gardens don't come up often, any vacancies will be advertised on the Auckland Council career site and promoted through popular job-search channels. 

For secondary school graduates and entry-level gardeners, we run an apprenticeship programme – with an intake every three years. The apprenticeship results in an acknowledged qualification (National Certificate of Horticulture Level 4 – NCH4 - advanced) backed with valuable practical experience. 

Volunteers are always welcome to join us. We appreciate the broad range of skills and experience our volunteers bring to the Gardens. Visit Get Involved for information about volunteering. 

Field Internships We do not offer any formal internship programme however we do provide an opportunity for 3 trainee horticulturalists per year to work alongside our professional gardeners as a special category of volunteer. For more information click here.

Visiting Students are welcome to contact us about our collections prior to visiting however due to time constraints we cannot offer trip planning to the country or staff guided tours. We can advise you on what plant collections are most relevant to your interests so you can self guide. 

The Amenity Team

 The Amenity Team, hard at work.