West Dean people having a coffee break in the courtyard

Work for us

Are you looking for an exciting employment opportunity within an organisation that has a rich, creative heritage?  At West Dean, nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of West Sussex, you'll find yourself immersed in a centuries-old estate brimming with charm and character.  Meanwhile, our London campus in Bloomsbury is situated in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant cultural hubs, offering endless inspiration and opportunities for growth.  Whether you're drawn to the tranquility of the countryside or the dynamic energy of the city, we provide a diverse range of roles across both locations, that offer great flexibility and benefits.  Join us and become part of a community dedicated to creative excellence, innovation, and the pursuit of knowledge.

View our current vacancies here


As an employee you can expect to enjoy a wide range of benefits:

  • Annual leave - 25 days plus 8 bank holidays per annum or 28 days plus 8 bank holidays per annum for Heads of Department and above.
  • Generous contributory pension scheme, matching from 4% to 7.5%
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to West Dean Gardens
  • Complimentary staff access to events
  • Discounts on retail goods in our two shops
  • Free and discounted places on short courses at West Dean
  • Free use of West Dean facilities including swimming pool, library and tennis courts
  • Subsidised bed and breakfast rates
  • Discounts on event hire and food and beverage charges
  • Free on-site parking (Chichester)
Volunteer at West Dean College and Gardens

Volunteer for us

Thank you for your interest in Volunteering at West Dean.  

We rely heavily on the services of volunteers to further our charitable aims, and we are grateful for the support that our volunteers provide us. 

If you are interested in volunteering for us, whether it is within our beautiful gardens, with our historic collections or as part of the conservation, design or arts schools, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and send to: 

[email protected] 



Opportunities in conservation

Share your passion for conservation with the next generation of conservators. We are currently recruiting for some key roles in the Conservation team. Hear from Lizzie Neville, Head of School of Conservation on why we need you! 

Diversity & Inclusivity and GDPR Policy

West Dean values the diversity of its staff and students.  We aspire to be a fully inclusive and representative employer and do not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, faith or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.  We strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join our teams at West Dean. 

Our GDPR compliant privacy notice for applicants can be viewed by clicking here. By applying for this job you confirm you have had the opportunity to read our privacy policy and therefore, agree to the terms and conditions contained therein. By applying for this job and sending us your personal data, including your CV, you give us your consent to contact you about this job or any other jobs we feel are suitable.

You are able to opt out of us having your data at any time, by contacting the People Department 01243 818276 or [email protected] with your request.

Help preserve our future

We are part of a registered charity and rely on the support of generous donors, members and legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation, design and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how to support us