Horticultural Researcher Gardeners' World, BBC Studios

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

BBC Gardeners' World is the UK's best loved and most respected gardening programme on TV. It is a flagship BBC Two Series that attracts over 2 million viewers a week, and is coming up to its 55th year. If you have a passion for plants and would like to share your enthusiasm with like-minded people, we are currently looking for highly motivated Horticultural Researchers to join our busy production team in Bristol.

Role Responsibility

Working closely with the Series Producer, Planning Producer and Director, you will provide specialist horticultural support to the Gardeners’ World team. Normal office hours will generally apply, but a flexible approach is required, subject to the BBC’s policies and guidelines. Duties will vary according to the nature of the output, but are likely to include the following:

  • Undertake independent research to a specific brief using whatever resources are available, evaluating and presenting the information in an easy to understand format.
  • Identify suitable locations, stories and contributors.
  • Liaise with presenters, contributors and organisations, both in the office ahead of a shoot and out on location.
  • Source plants or props for filming within BBC editorial guidelines, often at short notice.
  • Provide support for the edit, ensuring factual accuracy throughout and tracking down archive from a variety of sources.
  • Contribute ideas for future episodes and assist in any other general programme duties as required.
  • To carry out all duties in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A passion for horticulture with a relevant qualification and an excellent working knowledge of plants and all aspects of the gardening calendar.
  • Exceptional research skills with a good nose for a story and an ability to turn complex information into accurate, engaging summaries.
  • Great communicator with the confidence to build strong working relationships with a wide range of contacts.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with a track record of meeting tight deadlines in a fast turnaround environment.
  • Good team player.
  • A strong desire to make engaging television.
  • Excellent attention to detail and factual accuracy.
  • Ability to plan ahead for all likely eventualities and suggest / implement on agreement solutions to potential situations.
  • Ability to keep accurate records on a shared computer drive for others to refer to.
  • Desire to learn new technical skills as required. 
  • Clean driving licence.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Various Fixed-term full-time contracts during the months of February to October 2022.
Location: Bristol and remote working.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.


About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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