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Collection specialist/botanical horticulturist

We are looking for two new colleagues for the position of:

36 hours a week

Do you have green thumbs and are you hungry for more botanical knowledge? Or do you have a theoretical education in the field of botany or horticulture, but have always wanted to work with a diverse collection of living plants? Then read on for more information about two very special horticulture positions right in the heart of Amsterdam.

‘A botanist in the 21st century is a taxonomist, a gardener, an ecologist, an educator , a researcher, a plantsperson, a conservationist, a breeder, a team player, a …

What will you do:
You will take care of part of the garden and its plant collection and ensure that the plants are in optimum condition and are properly maintained in the database (see: You have a thorough professional knowledge and scientific understanding of botany and plant growth that you want to apply and expand in the Hortus and which you passionately transfer to volunteers and trainees who help you get the work done. You will develop your own collections for purposes of exhibition, education, research and/or conservation.

You must be able to develop a work plan and organize your own schedule, solve horticultural problems and make recommendations for substantial improvements in business operations.

One new colleague will be responsible for the development of the Cape Collection (CFR, Cape Floristic region ). The following objectives apply to the Cape Plants specialization:


The other new colleague will be responsible for spearheading (an)other part(s) of the collection dependent on their interest and expertise. Examples could be native plants, perennials, climate & biodiversity, greenhouse collections, historical collections, etc.


What do we ask:

  • You have green thumbs and a great knowledge of plants;
  • You can solve problems in the fields of horticulture and botany by converting theoretical knowledge into practical work;
  • You closely follow scientific and technical developments in the field and implement these in your own business operations where desirable and possible;
  • You are able to share your knowledge and skills with others;
  • You have completed the Kew Diploma or
    You have a completed Bachelor degree (Bsc.) in plant-related/botanical studies and have the ambition to develop in botanical horticulture, starting with the online RHS level 2 Diploma in the first year of employment.
  • You are eligible to work in the EU.

For the detailed and botanical horticulture required in botanic gardens, we look to the British RHS and Kew diploma programmes, with the “ RHS level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture” as an entry level. We can offer the opportunity to study the online RHS training within the employment.

In addition, you are in possession of the following personal characteristics:

  • Practical and meticulous;
  • Assertive and empathetic;
  • Can independently build up, organise, apply and exchange knowledge;
  • Have the patience to perform and teach horticultural craft tasks;
  • Are always there for colleagues.


What can we offer you:

This is a position for 36 hours per week. The appointment is initially for 1 year with the prospect of extension. The position is classified in band 7 of the Collective Labor Agreement for Social Work (min € 2,627 and max € 3,494) with growth opportunities to band 8 (with a maximum of € 3,864 for full-time employment, reference date 1-7-2020), This excludes 8% holiday allowance and 4% year-end bonus. In addition, the Hortus has a good commuting expenses scheme and you participate in the Hortus pension scheme. You have access to the network of colleagues in the Dutch (and European) botanical gardens and opportunities for further training in the botanical and horticultural field.


Are you interested?

Send your motivation letter and CV to , attn. Marieke Holt, HR employee, by 5 June at the latest. For more information about the position, please contact her by email or call 020-7025413.


The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. The garden is right in the center of Amsterdam, but as soon as you go through the gate, you find yourself in another world. As a botanical garden, the Hortus is both a place and a platform, accessible to anyone who wants to know more about plants. By showing visitors the beauty and diversity of the plant kingdom, the Hortus wants people to realize how important plants are for life on earth, and ultimately act accordingly. De Hortus is a charity that receives its income from ticket sales, catering, room rental and the shop, and receives an annual contribution from the municipality of Amsterdam. In addition, it is supported by a large and loyal Friends’ Association. Activities and events are organized all year round. This and more is made possible by the efforts of approximately 55 enthusiastic employees and 70 volunteers.


The Hortus subscribes to the Ethical Code, Culture Governance Code, Diversity and Inclusion Code and the Fair Practice Code.

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