Vacancies

Urban Biodiversity Project Officer

Two-year Fixed-term appoint, based in Edinburgh

Salary £25,947 (Band D)

Urban greenspace and the link between biodiversity and human well-being are among the most exciting and rapidly expanding areas within conservation. These themes are encapsulated in the Edinburgh Living Landscape project (ELL): http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/groundbreaking-edinburgh-living-landscape-launched/.

We are recruiting a project officer to deliver the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s contribution to the ELL, and support the transformation of Edinburgh’s urban environment. The post holder will be responsible for:

  • coordination of our involvement in the ELL by liaising with diverse partners across a wide range of potential activities
  • delivering practical action to ensure successful and targeted biodiversity conservation during greenspace development

The post holder will be expected to have excellent organisational, inter-personal and communication skills and horticultural experience would be a significant asset. This is a very high profile role which provides the genuine opportunity to make a positive contribution to urban conservation. The post-holder is expected to have the strategic vision to put in place a package of activities that become self-sustaining in the long-term and achieve lasting impact.

A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page.  Further details of RBGE’s programme of activities can be obtained from this website.  Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Dr Christopher Ellis,Head of Cryptogamic Plants and Fungi (c.ellis@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 form 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 Friday, 15 May 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.

Assistant Herbarium Curator (Loans & Visitors)
Full-time, permanent post, based in Edinburgh
Starting salary £21,557 (Band C)

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Herbarium Curator to join the Herbarium team at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

Our herbarium collection of 3 million specimens underpins our research and represents a major international biodiversity resource. It is also of enormous heritage value, for example containing samples collected by Charles Darwin on the voyage of the Beagle. Our oldest specimen dates back to 1697. We currently add up to 30,000 new specimens per year and our major strategic challenge is digitisation of the collection to establish an online biodiversity resource to maximise use and accessibility. Each year we receive on average 600 specialist visitors to our herbarium and 3,000 herbarium specimens are requested and sent out on loan.

The main focus of the role will be to manage and process incoming and outgoing loans, gifts and exchanges. This will include managing a request system and co-ordinating staff to digitise specimens as required. You will also be expected to manage visitor requests and look after visitors on arrival. In addition, you will be expected to help database and lay away incoming specimens as well as general herbarium duties.

You will need to have the ability to work independently as part of a small team, have the capacity for meticulous and sensitive handling of delicate specimens in sustained, careful, repetitive work. Good botanical knowledge is essential and some taxonomic knowledge is desirable. Proficiency with standard computing software and knowledge of specialist natural history collections databases is essential.

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 no later than midday on Friday, 15 May 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.

 

Part-Time Administrator (21 hours per week)
Permanent, based at Logan Botanic Garden
Salary £16,544 (pro-rata), Band B

We are looking to recruit a part-time Administrator to join our team at Logan Botanic Garden. This role will cover all aspects of administration including dealing with day to day correspondence, diary maintenance, co-ordinating coach trips, group visits and student placements, keeping statutory documentation up-to-date and some finance duties. Some of the specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensure that the administrative workload in Logan is managed efficiently and effectively
  • Local promotion of LBG through leaflet production and distribution
  • Co-ordinate environmental initiatives including monitoring waste and recycling and recording meter readings for the energy conservation project
  • Administrative support to projects e.g. phenology, interpretation, compilation of statistics, monitoring visitor numbers

Applicants should have good verbal and written communication skills, have excellent organisation skills and be confident managing own priorities and workload. In addition, you should have strong administrative skills, be able to work unsupervised and demonstrate a flexible attitude and approach to changing work priorities.

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 covering letter and CV and which outlines your suitability for this post. You should also include a completed equal opportunities questionnaire. Applications should be sent to recruitment@rbge.org.uk or to the HR Department at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR by 5pm on Monday, 4 May 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.

Senior Horticulturist (Arboriculture)
Full-time, permanent post, based in Edinburgh
Starting salary £21,557 (Band C)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is looking to recruit a new member to staff 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. This role could offer the right candidate the chance to become involved with RBGE’s education, conservation, consultancy, and capacity building work in Scotland and overseas.

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.

Due to the varied nature of our work we are not looking for a trainee climber. You will need to be a competent rigger and will have a good understanding of canopy reduction, structural pruning and safe working practices.

We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience from all backgrounds; this is a rare opportunity to join the existing staff working in this world class Botanic Garden. 

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 no later than 5pm on Friday, 19 June 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.

 

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