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Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture
2 Year Fixed Term Contract, based in Edinburgh
Starting Salary £5,853 (£112 per week)

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, please contact 0131 248 2980 and leave your name and home address or alternatively send an e-mail to apprenticeship@rbge.org.uk detailing your name and home address and a pack will be sent out to you.  Completed applications must be returned to the HR Team, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR by 5pm on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. An assessment day will be carried out on 3 June 2014.

 

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant: Conserving the Flora of Socotra
Full-time, 18 month fixed term appointment, based in Edinburgh
Starting salary £26,000 (Band D)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is one of the world's leading research orientated Botanic Gardens, and is located in a UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its scientific innovation and cultural interest.
Applications are invited for the above vacancy within the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This is an 18 month fixed term appointment with start date on 1 October 2014.  Key responsibilities will include:

  • Generation and analysis of phylogenetic sequence data for specified plant genera;
  • Contribution to the inclusion of phylogenetic diversity data into conservation strategies;
  • Authorship of reports and publications.

This position is part of the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘Conserving the Flora of Socotra: integrating evolution into conservation’ based at the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants (www.cmep.org.uk). The Socotra Archipelago has a diverse and fascinating flora, characterized by unique plant species of which ca. 35% are endemic, which lead to its’ designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. This project has two main themes: (a) the generation of dated phylogenies for a range of small plant genera with significant numbers of endemic species on Socotra, in order to identify the source, time, mode and tempo of insular endemic species evolution, and (b) sequencing each of the ca. 850 species and applying phylogenetic diversity statistics in an explicit spatial context for the design of Protected Areas, alongside distribution, ethno-botanical and functional trait data. Both themes will be directly linked to long-term conservation strategies. The successful applicant will contribute significantly to the first of these themes, with theoretical and developmental input into the wider project. This will be an opportunity to deliver and apply high quality science to a conservation program of global significance.
Applicants should have a PhD in plant science, conservation or related discipline. Demonstrable experience in phylogenetic data generation and analysis, including phylogenetic dating and meta-analyses, will be required. You should have a dynamic and collaborative approach to research, excellent attention to detail, and a strong interest in plant evolution and conservation.

A full job description and person specification which outlines all of the main duties in more detail, and the essential and desirable criteria for this post, can be downloaded from this page. Informal enquires can be made to Dr Alan Forrest (A.Forrest@rbge.org.uk).

Applications should be made by CV and covering letter, outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, which should be sent along with a completed equal opportunities form to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 17.00 GMT on Friday, 2 May 2014. Interviews will be held in late May/early June.

If you have not heard from us by Friday 23 May 2014, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted. No recruitment agencies please.

Fundraising Manager

Full-time permanent post based in Edinburgh

Salary range £25,690 - £30,141 per annum

We have an exciting opening for an experienced Fundraising Manager who can work independently and lead, manage and support a small team to implement our fundraising strategy in collaboration with our Director of Enterprise.

You will manage existing lottery, charitable trust, individual and corporate partnerships and identify new opportunities for growing income. Working with senior management you will identify the highest priority projects to raise income for, in addition to overseeing the management and further development of our existing in memoriam and legacy fundraising programmes. Specifically, you will also have responsibility for managing key funding relationships with the Heritage Lottery Fund, major trusts and foundations in Scotland and elsewhere, as well as building our ongoing partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Candidates will need to have excellent communication skills, as the role requires the ability to produce high quality written proposals and undertake face to face engagement with funding prospects from a wide range of sources.  You will also need the skills to manage a departmental budget and generate written and financial reports for the senior management team.

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 you could bring to the post, plus a completed equal opportunities questionnaire from our website to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by midday on Wed. 23rd April 2014.

Interviews will take place on Thurs. 1st May. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted on this occasion.

No recruitment agencies please.

Visitor Welcome Team Member

Permanent (part-time) post, based in Edinburgh

Salary £16,244 (pro-rata), Pay Band B

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is looking to recruit a Visitor Welcome Team Member. This is a permanent post on a part-time basis, working both Saturdays and Sundays.   

The primary focus of this role is to ensure that visitors receive a first class visitor welcome, ensure the living collection is secured, and that visitors are provided with a safe environment.  The team remit also includes working with the events and exhibitions team to provide access and information to various public exhibitions and events, including the real life science studio.  You will also be responsible for opening, closing and security of various Garden buildings. Applicants should have previous experience working in a visitor or customer service environment. You will be proactive and take responsibility for your own workload, prioritising to meet conflicting demands, have a can-do attitude, have excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate with people at all levels, excellent customer service skills, ability to work flexibly across a range of areas and be able to use initiative and work to tight deadlines.

A full job description and person specification outlining all the essential and desirable criteria can be downloaded from this page.

Completed application forms and an equal opportunities questionnaire should be sent to our HR Team at recruitment@rbge.org.uk or to the HR Department, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR by 5pm on Monday, 21 April 2014.

If you have not heard from us by 7 May 2014, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.

Gesneriaceae Taxonomist

Permanent, full-time based in Edinburgh

Starting Salary £25,690 (Band D)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is one of the world's leading research orientated Botanic Gardens, and is located in a UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its scientific innovation and cultural interest.

We are seeking to employ a taxonomist to carry out research on the family Gesneriaceae, for which the Garden holds some of the world’s finest living and preserved collections. The job-holder will:

  • Establish a programme of taxonomic research on Asian Gesneriaceae that is relevant to conservation and links to high-impact evolutionary or ecological science
  • Help to curate living Gesneriaceae collections in collaboration with Horticulture Division and lead curation of preserved Gesneriaceae collections
  • Carry out fieldwork to enhance the living and preserved Gesneriaceae collections.
  • Engage in public outreach capitalising on Gesneriaceae collections and research
  • Generate income, especially from research grant funding

Applicants should be educated to BSc/MSc level, preferably with a PhD or equivalent experience in taxonomic botany. The successful applicant will have skills in taxonomic research with good knowledge of modern methods, experience in curation of preserved and living biological collections, experience in tropical fieldwork (preferably in Asia), and be a good communicator with diverse colleagues and the general public.

A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page. Further details of RBGE’s science and conservation activities can be obtained from www.rbge.org.uk/science. Informal enquiries about this post can be directed to Professor Toby Pennington, Head of Tropical Diversity (t.pennington@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 questionnaire 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 25th April 2014.

If you have not heard from us by the 30th May 2014, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please

 

Horticulturist

Full-time permanent post based at Logan Botanic Garden

Starting salary £16244 (Band B)

We have an opportunity for a Horticulturist to join the team at Logan Botanic Garden. 

You will be required to carry out maintenance on the plant collection at Logan Botanic Garden, including grass cutting, pruning, weeding, edging and using various types of horticultural machinery. You will also carry out development work including re-landscaping, planting, drainage, tree felling and other associated duties.

Applicants should have good verbal and written communication skills, experience of using machinery, previous horticultural experience and good interpersonal skills as well as having a good grasp of plant identification. You should be qualified to NVQ/SVQ level 2 or have equivalent practical work experience within horticulture. A sound knowledge of propagation techniques and having PA1/PA6 and CS30/CS31 chainsaw qualifications would be advantageous but are not essential.

A full job description and person specification outlining all the essential and desirable criteria can be downloaded from this page.

Completed application forms and an equal opportunities questionnaire should be sent to our HR Team at recruitment@rbge.org.uk or to the HR Department, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR by 4pm on Friday, 9 May 2014.

If you have not heard from us by 30 May 2014, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.

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