PhD Fellowship

Assistant Visitor Welcome Manager

Shoreline Project Manager

Director of Development

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, announces an opening for a fully funded PhD fellowship under the Plant.ID Horizon2020 European Training Network, starting April 2018.

Further information can be found by following the link below

Questions regarding the recruitment should be sent to Catherine Kidner at or the project leader of Plant.ID, Hugo de Boer


Assistant Visitor Welcome Manager

Permanent, Full-Time post, based in Edinburgh

Starting Salary £24,005 (Band C)

The primary focus of this role is managing staff within the Visitor Welcome Team to ensure that our 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 events around the garden.

 You should have previous experience in a staff management role, ideally within a similar role, where you will have demonstrated excellent leadership, teamwork, organisational and communication skills.  You should also be computer literate in the use of Microsoft Word and Outlook. 

The successful candidate will work on a roster system, working 5 days over 7 days which will include working weekends and public holidays.  

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

Interested applicants should send a covering letter which outlines your suitability for this post as well as where you saw the post advertised and CV. You should also complete and return an equal opportunities questionnaire to the HR team by emailing on Sunday 17th December 2017. Interviews will be held at RBGE on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

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.


Shoreline Project Manager

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Full-time; based in Edinburgh, 12 month fixed term appointment

£28,892 (Band D)

RBGE are looking to recruit a Project Manager to deliver a Heritage Lottery Funded initiative exploring and celebrating the natural and cultural heritage of Edinburgh’s shoreline. The post-holder will work with volunteers and six contrasting community groups to co-construct a narrative explaining the history, present-status, and future vision for the Edinburgh’s shoreline, realised through public events and traditional and electronic/social media focussed on ecological change and the City’s relationship with the sea. This will include a major RBGE exhibition, which will be modular and tour venues along the shoreline. The project contributes directly to the Edinburgh Living Landscape initiative and there is opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of RBGE’s partner organisations.

This vacancy is on a fixed term basis and will run from 22nd January 2018.

The successful candidate will have past experience of project management and reporting, as well as excellent communication skills (both traditional and electronic/social media) and an ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and community groups from contrasting social backgrounds. Past experience managing or working with volunteer groups would be an asset.

 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.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter which outlines their past experience and suitability for the post, with the names and address of two referees, as well as a completed equal opportunities form to by 5pm on Monday, 8th January 2018. Interviews will be held at RBGE on Monday 15th January 2018.

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.


Director of Development

Starting Salary £71k plus civil service pension and other benefits

37 hours per week based in Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the world’s top four botanic gardens based on the quality, breadth and depth of our science, plant collections, public engagement and education. As part of a review of our income generation, we have created an exciting new role of Director of Development to join our senior management team and develop, implement and lead a new ambitious fundraising strategy.

The immediate goal of the role is to plan and implement a fundraising campaign to increase investment in RBGE’s work, with an aim is to raise £10m over a five-year period of the campaign. In the longer term the post will be responsible for establishing a sustainable community of donors supporting the Garden, with a particular emphasis on major gifts, corporate relationships and legacies. The postholder will also assist the Regius Keeper in scoping a major capital campaign, with a funding strategy based around a mix of public and private funds.

Applicants will need to have significant experience at a senior level in a comparable role, along with proven leadership skills and an ability to think strategically. You’ll need a strong demonstrable and creditable track record in successfully soliciting and securing major gifts, and a solid understanding of the principles of charitable giving and charity and fundraising regulation. Knowledge of current and evolving trends and best practice in fundraising will also be a prerequisite.

More information on the role, including a full job description and person specification, can be downloaded from this page.

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post to, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire, by midday on Fri. 12th January 2018. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 29th January 2018.

If you haven’t heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application hasn’t been successful on this occasion.

No recruitment agencies please.

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RBGE was awarded the Athena SWAN Research Institute Bronze Award in September 2016 in acknowledgement of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality.

For more information on the history and principles of the Athena SWAN Charter please visit the Athena SWAN website.

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