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The Swedish royals are hiring

If you’ve always wanted to work in a royal household and you’re available to live in Sweden, you might be in luck. The Swedish Royal Court has listed three job vacancies for gardeners on their website, and they’re also looking to add about 200 seasonal castle employees for the summer.

The position of the first gardener is located at Gripsholm Castle in the beautiful lakeside town of Mariefred. The first gardener will collaborate with the castle bailiff in the management of the castle’s gardeners, participate in daily park care, handle administrate responsibility and participate in project meetings about the future of the castle park.

The ideal candidate will have many years of experience in park and garden care, management experience, at least an upper secondary education and garden education, driving license (minimum B), and preferably be certified for chainsaws and clearing saws.

Apply by 1 February; for more information visit here.

Gripsholm Castle. Photo: Gomer Swahn/Kungl. Hovstaterna

An additional gardener position is available at Tullgarn, a royal summer palace in the province of Södermanland, about an hour’s drive from Stockholm. This candidate may need to cooperate with park administrations in Strömsholm and Gripsholm at times.

The gardener works in collaboration with the first gardener to provide park and garden care and assist with supervising seasonal staff. Experience in park and garden care, as well as experience with larger castle parks, is required, along with at least an upper secondary and garden education. You also must have a driving license (minimum B) and be certified for clearing saws, chainsaws, and ski lifts. Applications must be submitted by 1 February following the guidelines listed here.

Tullgarn Palace. By Holger.Ellgaard – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

A third gardening position is available with the Royal Djurgården administration in Stockholm. The Royal Djurgården is an island featuring parkland, entertainment, and recreation activities in the middle of the city and is managed by the Royal Court. Duties include care and maintenance of grass areas and park equipment, directing seasonal staff, and other daily tasks.

Applicants with many years of documented experience in the maintenance of grass and park equipment are preferred, along with a driving license of at least B, preferably, BE, and certification for engine/clear saw and hot work. Applications must be submitted by 22 March; for more information visit here.

If gardening isn’t your thing, you can join the royal household by becoming part of their 2019 seasonal staff. Jobs available include host and visitor reception, ticket sales, gift shop staff, café operations, and tour guides. Fluency in both Swedish and English is a requirement.

Possible destinations for summer staff include Gripsholm Castle, Strömsholm Palace, Tullgarn Palace, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, Riddarholm Church, Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavillion at Drottningholm, Rosendal’s Palace, Rosersberg Palace, Ulriksdal Palace and Gustav III’s Pavilion in Haga Park.

Positions run from May through September and applications close on 17 February. To apply, fill out the online form.

About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.