Britain's Queen Elizabeth is looking for a new gardener.

The royal wants a new head gardener to work in the grounds of Balmoral Castle - the monarch's summer residence in Royal Deeside, Scotland - and the successful applicant will require "good management skills" and have the option to live in a cottage on the estate.

A job advert posted on Balmoral's website reads: "The successful applicant will be expected to supervise the maintenance of all garden areas at Balmoral Castle.

The position offers an attractive remuneration package, including accommodation and other benefits.

"Applicants should be experienced in all aspects of gardening and be capable of meeting the high standards required at this important property.

"Applicants should be self-motivated, capable of working with minimal supervision and should have good management skills, including personnel management.

"The position offers an attractive remuneration package, including accommodation and other benefits."

Applications for the job close on September 23.

In 2008, Carl Donnelly beat hundreds of other applications to land a year-long contact as the queen's gardener at Windsor Great Park, the 5,000 acre grounds of the royal's Berkshire home.

Speaking shortly after getting the job, he said: "I was shocked when I opened the letter after my interview.

"I have been interested in fine gardening since I was young. There is so much to it - art, graphic design and having lots of ideas.

"You have to translate what is in your head into the garden."