Jobs at Emerson

Emerson College is a charity based in Forest Row, East Sussex.  A centre for adult education and retreats offering a wide range of holistic adult education in health care, the arts and self-development.  Our college is situated in large and beautiful campus surrounded by a Botanical Garden, an Apple orchard, vegetables, flower and herb gardens. 



Garden Apprentice

We are looking for an apprentice for the 2 year level 3 BDAC apprenticeship scheme for our Community and Estate Garden. 

In 2015 Emerson College re-established its former vegetable garden on half an acre of land which includes 3 glasshouses, next to our apple orchard. Our estate also has a little wood and is Demeter certified.

Emerson College has an onsite community with people of all ages as well as many different courses which bring a lot of life to the campus and opportunity for lots of interesting encounters. The gardens are important for students as a place to recover from day to day stresses and to connect with nature. For the community the vegetable garden has become a community hub. 

Our trainee can always join the workshops on BD preparation at Tablehurst and its application on the farm as well as at Emerson College.

The Healing Garden, a partner organization at the college are managing a small part of our estate and have built up a garden in medical herbalism. They offer workshops and the trainee will have the opportunity form time to time to join.

Our kitchen garden sells produce to the onsite community, local shops and supplies the college kitchen where our cooks turn it into delicious meals the same day.

The training will cover:

  • Vegetable, herb and flower growing on small estate
  • Apples & apple juice
  • Wood / coppicing
  • Seed saving
  • The significance of light root and how to grow and care for it
  • Compost management
  • Biodynamic preparations
  • Working with biodynamic calendar and seasonal rhythms
  • Plant propagation
  • Green house management
  • Soil management
  • Sale of produce to local shops and whole sale, to the onsite community and the Emerson kitchen
  • Use of tools including scything and small tractor driving

Minimum age is 18 years; you need the right to work in the UK to be offered a place. Starting date is spring 2022. It is possible to stay at Emerson College in a student house with shared facility or to stay in your own accommodation. 

If you are interested, please send your CV, a motivation letter and the details of 2 referees to:

Emerson College

Ambika Davies

Forest Row RH18 5JX East Sussex 

or email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





We are looking for a qualified Gardener from 1 January 2022 

(4 days / week)

You will be responsible for maintaining our ornamental garden with the following main tasks:

  • Seasonal care of flower borders
  • Maintain our stock of plants as well as renewing our planting schemes to enhance the grounds
  • Cut lawns
  • Weeding
  • Keeping all walkways and paths clear
  • Compost making
  • Pruning of hedges, roses, bushes and small trees
  • Maintain the estate on biodynamic lines (Demeter certification)
  • Have a high awareness of Health & Safety in all activities
  • Contribute to the annual tree safety assessment
  • Lead a small group of volunteer helpers
  • Participate in new projects and the development of the college

The ideal applicant will have worked in a Botanical Garden or similar. We are looking for somebody who is familiar with Biodynamics and is able to work independently. 

Application deadline: 15 November 2021

Are you interested?

Please apply by sending your CV, covering letter with your salary expectations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   If you have questions about the job, contact Yvette by email.




Kickstart Opportunities

Emerson College is delighted to be able to take part in the Kickstart Scheme. We have 3 placements to give young people the opportunity to build skills and confidence to start an exciting career.  The scheme is open to young people aged between 16-24 who are currently unemployed and claiming universal credit. To apply, you must speak to your JobCentre Plus work coach.

Kickstart opportunities we are currently recruiting for: 

2 House keeping assistants 

25 hours a week

Starting date: as soon as possible

Length of placement: 6 months

National Minimum Wage

Full Job Description 


1 Garden and Maintenance Assistant

25 hours a week

Length of placement: 6 months

National Minimum Wage

Full Job Description

How to Apply?

To apply for these jobs please register with your job coach at the jobcentre who will refer you. Once your job coach has contacted us, you will then be asked to send your CV and a short covering letter – stating clearly which role you are applying for – to Yvette Dellsperger, director of Operations at Emerson College.