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Director of Horticulture & Education

 Curatorial Traineeship

Senior Horticulturist (Benmore Botanic Garden)

Science-Policy Officer: ClimateXChange

Horticulturist (Arboriculture)


 

Director of Horticulture & Education

Salary range £65,698-76,160

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is seeking a dynamic and effective leader to help manage and develop one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens. Reporting directly to the Regius Keeper (Chief Executive), the successful candidate will lead the Division of Horticulture and Education and, working with fellow Directors, play a critical and influential role in the strategic development and management of this global institution.
Working as part of our senior management team, this is a varied role, contributing to a wide range of activities across the organisation. We curate internationally renowned collections of living plants in our four gardens which support our national and international conservation and research programmes, we deliver a wide-ranging educational programme for every stage in life, and run one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland.
The Garden has a highly ambitious vision. We are in the process of embarking on a number of exciting capital projects to enhance our capability and capacity to maintain our world-class status in conservation and plant sciences, as well as increasing the enjoyment provided to the visiting public.
This is a post for somebody with vision, enthusiasm, excellent communication skills and ability to inspire and engage others.  Candidates will need to have a strong background in horticulture, and ideally a good understanding and appreciation of education programmes in a horticultural and botanical context.. An understanding of how horticulture can work with other Garden operations to generate income is an increasingly important aspect of the position.
Further information on the post, including a job description and person specification, can be downloaded from this page.  This is a full-time post, and flexible working arrangements could be considered as part of the role.
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 GMT on Monday 8th September 2014.
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

 

 

Curatorial Traineeship, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Starting salary: £16k

 Inverleith House, the internationally–acclaimed contemporary art gallery run by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is offering a full-time one-year Curatorial Traineeship, funded in partnership with Creative Scotland’s Youth Employment Programme.

Working as part of the Garden’s Exhibitions and Events Team, the Trainee will play a vital role in the delivery of a world-class programme of exhibitions by leading artists based in Scotland and abroad and associated public engagement activities.

Interested applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or have equivalent experience, have a strong interest in contemporary visual art, and ideally some previous experience in a gallery or museum environment. Strong organisation and communication skills will be essential, along with an ability to work as part of a small, multi-skilled team.

Further details, including a full 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 role, along with a completed equal opportunities form, to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by 5pm on Fri 12th September.

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

No recruitment agencies please.


Senior Horticulturist

Permanent, based at Benmore Botanic Garden

Starting Salary £21,557 (Band C)

Applications are invited for a Horticulturist to join Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon, Argyll, part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  Key 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 data base
  • 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 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, ability to demonstrate a flexible approach to working practices, basic ICT skills and have previous experience of machinery operations and maintenance.  Additionally, a recognised horticultural qualification, PA1 and PA6 pesticide application certificates and a driving license are essential. Experience in arboriculture and possession of Lantra certificates for operating horticultural equipment are desirable.

A full job description and person specification which outlines all of the essential and desirable criteria for this post can be downloaded this page.

Applications should be made by way of CV and covering letter which outlines your suitability for this post as well as a completed equal opportunities questionnaire should 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 Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 23 September 2014.

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.


Science-Policy Officer : ClimateXChange

Salary: £37,992

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to perform a leadership role within the Adaptation work programme of ClimateXChange (Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change).

ClimateXChange is an innovative multi-partner consortium involving 16 of Scotland’s leading research and higher education institutions. It provides independent advice, research and analysis to support the Scottish Government as it develops and implements policies on adapting to the changing climate and the transition to a low carbon society.

We are looking for a candidate with proven success in policy dialogue and in summarising scientific evidence for policy makers.  You will have an understanding of climate change and adaptation issues, ideally in relation to biodiversity and the natural environment.  You will also demonstrate excellent coordination, organisational and managerial skills, and a willingness to work between contrasting organisations in a multidisciplinary team. You will be ready to work with colleagues across diverse themes including the natural environment, buildings and infrastructure networks, and society. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to write for a non-academic, ideally policy audience and to work collaboratively with stakeholders from a range of institutional backgrounds.

Principal Duties

The post holder will be based at and employed by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), and will take a leading role in a small multi-institutional team developing climate change adaptation indicators. Activities include the development of indicators relating to the natural environment, and coordinating teams working on the built environment and infrastructure networks and society.  The adaptation indicators will be used by Scottish Government and others to understand how Scotland is preparing to cope with climate change and to support successful adaptation policy making. This is a policy-facing research role and involves very regular interaction with the policy community in Scotland, including for example Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Historic Scotland and policy leads in the Scottish Government.

The objectives of the post include:

  • Scoping and summarising scientific evidence of climate change and adaptation across Scotland;
  • Collating adaptation indicator metrics and supporting information;
  • Developing indicator cards that summarise adaptation trends to inform Scottish Government policy teams;
  • Liaising with policy teams and stakeholders to ensure the indicators and their communication are relevant and timely;
  • Coordinating the development of indicators by fellow researchers across diverse themes including the natural environment, buildings and infrastructure networks and society;
  • Undertaking responsive work scoping and summarising scientific evidence on adaptation for the Scottish Government;
  • Supporting the development of adaptation practice and demonstration within the RBGE.

Appointment and Application procedure

The post is a one year fixed term appointment (Oct. 2014 – Oct. 2015) with the expectation of an extension of funding to 2016 and beyond.  A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page.  Further details can be obtained from www.rbge.org.uk/science and http://www.climatexchange.org.uk.  Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Dr Chris Ellis (c.ellis@rbge.org.uk). We will consider a secondment to cover one or more years of this post.
Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, outlining the skills and experience you could bring to the post, as well as a completed equal opportunities form, to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by 5pm GMT on Fri. 26th September 2014. Candidates selected for interview will be informed by Thursday 2nd October with interviews held at RBGE on Wednesday 8th October.

No recruitment agencies please.

Horticulturist (Arboriculture)

6 month temporary placement, based in Edinburgh

Starting Salary £16544 (Band B)

Applications are invited for a Horticulturist to join the Arboriculture team at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This is a 6 month temporary position.

This is a unique opportunity to work with the horticultural team in an exceptional species rich collection. The Internship will be under the supervision of the arboriculture team and the role will be tailored to best utilise the skill set you bring to the team. The arboriculture team takes responsibility for the horticultural maintenance and development of a range of different areas in the Garden as well as for the tree collection. We work closely with students, apprentices, and volunteers to complete projects within the garden.

Applicants must be team players, possess good communication skills, ability to demonstrate a flexible approach to working practices, basic ICT skills and have previous experience of horticultural operations and maintenance. Additionally, a recognised horticultural or arboricultural qualification, and a driving license are essential. Experience in arboriculture and possession of NPTC/Lantra certificates for operating horticultural and arboricultural equipment are desirable.

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

Applications should be made by application form and should be sent along with a completed equal opportunities form to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.

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