Vacancies

Senior Horticulturist (Arboriculture)
Full-time, permanent post, based in Edinburgh
Starting salary £21,557 (Band C)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is looking to recruit a new member to staff to join the Arboretum team at the Edinburgh Garden.  As a member of the horticultural team you will play a key role in maintaining and improving this dynamic garden. This role could offer the right candidate the chance to become involved with RBGE’s education, conservation, consultancy, and capacity building work in Scotland and overseas.

The Arboretum team is responsible for maintaining and developing the tree collection. The work is managed seasonally; the teams work also includes general horticultural tasks. We are looking for someone with proven climbing skills but who is also willing to be involved in general horticultural work. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a new skill set or build upon existing horticultural skills.

We are looking for someone who can represent the standards and values that are synonymous with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A good communicator you will be expected to work safely and efficiently alongside colleagues, students and volunteers. You will take responsibility for the quality of your work.

Due to the varied nature of our work we are not looking for a trainee climber. You will need to be a competent rigger and will have a good understanding of canopy reduction, structural pruning and safe working practices.

We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience from all backgrounds; this is a rare opportunity to join the existing staff working in this world class Botanic Garden. 

Full details of the post including a job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page. 

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 5pm on Friday, 19 June 2015.

If you have not heard from within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted. No recruitment agencies please.

Digital Literacy Project Officer
3-Month Fixed-term appointment, based in Edinburgh
Salary £21,557 (Band C)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has been awarded project funding by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) to identify the digital literacy requirements of adults that return to education through participation in the distance learning programmes offered by the RBGE via PropaGate, our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

We are recruiting a project officer to deliver the aims of the project:

  • to carry out a survey of the digital literacy of existing and prospective RBGE students in order to identify the main gaps in their existing skill sets
  • to review the digital literacy landscape in order to identify existing tools aimed at adults returning to education and to consider them in relation to the requirements identified by the RBGE students
  • to produce a report that provides an overview of the digital literacy requirements of the RBGE students and that suggests recommended approaches to meeting these

You will need excellent communication skills, to be proficient with standard computing software and to have previous experience of using a Virtual Learning Environment, preferably Moodle. You will also have previous experience of creating surveys and of analysing the resulting statistical data. Previous experience of project work would be an advantage.

A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page. Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Lorna Mitchell, Head of Library (l.mitchell@rbge.org.uk).

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, as well as a completed equal opportunities form to recruitment@rbge.org.uk or to the HR department, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR by 5pm GMT on Monday 25 May 2015.

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.

Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture
2 Year Fixed Term Contract, based in Edinburgh
Starting Salary £15,366 (Band A)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is currently looking to recruit two Modern Apprentices to work and train within the garden in Edinburgh. 

Successful applicants will be offered an initial 2 year Modern Apprenticeship in which time they will attend Oatridge College on day release basis to work towards an SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture.  As part of their 2-year work placement at RBGE, the successful candidates will undertake rotational placements in all areas of the garden including; arboriculture, alpine, glasshouses, herbaceous, lawns and nursery.

Successful candidates will also receive 25 days of annual leave, a protective clothing allowance and will be given the opportunity to participate on selected elements of other RBGE professional courses including visits and study tours.  At the end of the 2 years, the successful applicants may also have the opportunity to extend their apprenticeship and go on to undertake an SVQ Level 3 horticultural qualification. As this is a Modern Apprenticeship scheme, applicants must be aged between 16 and 19 years old.

To get an application pack you can either email apprenticeship@rbge.org.uk or call 0131 248 2980. You will need to give us your name, full postal address and a contact telephone number and a pack will be posted out to you. Completed applications must be returned to the HR Team, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR by 5pm on Thursday, 11 June 2015. An assessment day will be carried out on Tuesday, 23 June 2015.

 

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