Horticultural Technician

Projects Officer - Centre for Middle Eastern Plants

Horticultural Technician

Salary Range £21,773 - £26,190 pro-rata (Band C)

We are looking to recruit a part-time (3 days a week) Horticulture Technician to support our Education/Learning department.  Working closely with tutors, horticultural staff and volunteers you will be responsible for the coordination of student practical classes for education programmes including the Certificate in Practical Horticulture, RHS Certificate, HND/BSc and short courses. This will include preparation of materials and assisting with the delivery of the practical elements of these courses.  Reporting to a Garden Supervisor, you will supervise students within the Teaching Garden to ensure practical work meets required standards.  You will also supervise the Assistant Horticultural Technician, (Band B), Volunteers and Apprentices under our Modern Apprentice Scheme and support other educational activities within the Community and Children’s Garden programmes as required.  

 You should have professional knowledge and a recognised horticultural qualification at National Diploma/SVQ level 3 or above and be able to demonstrate a wide range of horticultural skills and techniques.  In addition, you should have some experience of supervising and mentoring students, volunteers and staff and be able to demonstrate good practical and people skills to manage teams. 

This post is considered to be regulated work with Children and/or Protected Adults and the successful candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer of employment.

A full job description and person specification which outlines the key responsibilities as well as the essential and desirable criteria, can be downloaded from this page.

Applications should be made by CV (including names of two referees) and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post. Applications should be sent together with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire to no later than 14.00 on Tuesday 10 May 2016

It is expected that interviews will be held on Tuesday 24 May 2016. If you have not heard from us by 20 May 2016, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.

Projects Officer – Centre for Middle Eastern Plants

9 month fixed term appointment (May/June 2016 to January/February 2017)

Salary Range £26,206-£30,746 pro rata (band D) with appointment dependent on experience

We’re looking for an experienced scientist to join our small team working in the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants (CMEP), our specialist area on the Middle Eastern environment. Based in Edinburgh, CMEP works with local partners to tackle contemporary environmental challenges including sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, water conservation and climate change.

As well as assisting in the planning and delivery of consultancy contracts in the Middle East and South West Asia, the successful candidate will help us in our on-going project work around plant identification, capacity building and practical conservation. You’ll also be helping develop funding proposals and co-ordinating our on-line presence.

We’re looking for candidates with previous experience of taxonomic and floristic work, ideally in the flora of the Middle East and South West Asia. Experience of GIS would be useful, as would previous involvement in education and delivering training courses. A PhD or equivalent relevant experience in a field related to plant biodiversity is essential.

This is a maternity cover post and we would welcome applications from candidates looking to work either full or part-time. We’re also open to flexible working arrangements where they’re needed.

Full details of the post, including a job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page.   Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Sophie Neale on

 To apply, please send a covering letter explaining your suitability for the post and a CV plus a completed equal opportunities questionnaire by e-mail to

Applications should be received no later than midday GMT on Wed. 11th May. Interviews will take place on Wed. 18th May. 

No recruitment agencies please.

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