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Horticulturist (Arboriculture)

Full-time, permanent post, based in Edinburgh

Starting salary £16,544 (Band B)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is looking to recruit someone 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.

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.

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 by noon on Friday, 7 August 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.

 

Senior/General Horticulturist
Permanent, based at Benmore Botanic Garden
Starting Salary £21,557 (Senior Horticulturist, Band C) or £16,544 (Horticulturist, Band B)

Applications are invited for a Senior Horticulturist to join Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon, Argyll, part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. However we are willing to consider applications from general horticulturists. The general responsibilities of the role include:

  • Maintenance and development of the living plant collection at Benmore.
  • Stocktaking and labelling of the plant collection
  • Maintaining plant records on the computer database
  • Maintenance and development of the garden’s turf areas, plant borders, drainage and path network
  • Participate and contribute to new and existing projects at Benmore
  • Pesticide and fertiliser application
  • General tractor and horticultural machinery operations
  • Imparting information about the garden and its plants to garden visitors.

Applicants must be team players, possess good communication skills, be able to demonstrate a flexible approach to working practices, possess basic ICT skills and have previous experience of machinery operations and maintenance.  Having a driving licence is essential. Additionally, a recognised horticultural qualification, PA1 and PA6 pesticide application certificates are essential for the senior role. Experience in arboriculture and possession of Lantra certificates for operating horticultural equipment are desirable.

Specific activities and objectives for each role can be found on the respective job descriptions.  Job descriptions for the senior horticulturist and general horticulturist including person specification which outlines all of the essential and desirable criteria for this post can be downloaded from this page.

Applications should state which post you are applying for and be made by way of CV and covering letter which outlines your suitability for this post. A completed equal opportunities questionnaire should also be sent to the HR Department at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR or recruitment@rbge.org.uk by noon on Friday, 21 August 2015. Interviews will be held week commencing 24 August 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.

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