Vacancies

Director of Horticulture & Education

 Research Scientist: Mycologist

Digitisation/Technical Developer

Head of Education

 Digitisation/Volunteer Co-ordinator 

Curatorial Traineeship

Senior Horticulturist (Benmore Botanic Garden)

Science-Policy Officer: ClimateXChange

 

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

Research Scientist: Mycologist
Salary range £25,947-£30,442 with appointment dependent on experience

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a recognised Centre of Excellence in plant and fungal diversity. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its scientific innovation and cultural interest, the RBGE operates across a full range of activities from taxonomic monography to biodiversity genomics to ecosystem function and services.
We are seeking to employ a mycologist at our Edinburgh Garden who is or will become an international scientific leader. The successful applicant’s research will explore fungal diversity (e.g. systematics, ecology, evolutionary biology) to address societal challenges. As examples, these challenges may include but are not restricted to (i) the role of fungal diversity in maintaining ecosystem function and services, (ii) best practice in managing fungal disease threats to native (non-crop) ecosystems, and/or (iii) providing tools to promote human understanding of harmful and useful fungal diversity.
We are particularly interested in applicants who can demonstrate scientific excellence that is of international importance, and is also relevant to conservation policy in Scotland.
Applicants must be educated to PhD level (with PhD already obtained or about to be obtained). You should be an excellent researcher with a proven track record appropriate for your career stage, and have strong scientific writing ability. You’ll also need to be an effective communicator with the ability to clearly articulate the relevance of your research to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, and good interpersonal skills will be essential to develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues.
A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page. Ideally we see the postholder working on a full-time basis, but we would consider applications from exceptional candidates looking to work part-time.
Further details of RBGE’s science can be obtained from www.rbge.org.uk/science. Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Dr Chris 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 you could bring to the post, as well as a completed equal opportunities form, to recruitment@rbge.org.uk by 5pm GMT on Fri. 29th August 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.
   

Head of Education

Salary range £35-38k, depending on experience (band E)

We have an exciting opening for an experienced individual to lead and develop our education centre of excellence and its wide- ranging international programmes.
Based in Edinburgh, the postholder will be responsible for the overall management of our education team, covering a remit that ranges from short vocational workshops through to our graduate and post-graduate courses, both taught and on-line.
As well as ensuring the quality of our educational offer is maintained, we’ll be looking to the successful candidate for ideas on how to develop new courses and initiatives, particularly with a view to enhancing their financial contribution to the Garden. You’ll also be ensuring our on-line learning platform continues to develop, and will represent the Garden to a variety of other organisations and a number of national bodies.
In addition to experience of teaching and managing in an FE/HE environment, candidates will need to be well grounded in either horticulture or plant sciences, and able to teach across a wide range of subject areas. Line management experience will be an essential component, along with an ability to manage budgets. You’ll need to be able to communicate well both verbally and in writing, and have well-developed influencing skills to make the role a success.
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 5pm on Fri. 29th August.
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.
 

Digitisation/Technical Developer

Full-time, Permanent, based in Edinburgh

Starting Salary £21,557, Band C

We are looking to recruit a permanent, full-time Digitisation/Technical Developer to join our Science department.
Working closely with herbarium team, science and horticulture staff, your primary role will be to carry out digitisation of the collections (herbarium specimens, archives and living collections). You will also develop programming solutions, workflows and processes to increase the efficiency and quality of digitisation, as well as help develop web resources for a citizen science work programme. Working closely with the Plants Records Officer you will assist with importing collection data into the main database system. You will also help train and work with volunteers in the herbarium.
You should have the ability to work independently as part of a small team, capacity for meticulous and sensitive handling of delicate specimens in sustained, careful, repetitive work, and be able to critically assess image quality. 
You should have good botanical or taxonomic knowledge, and hold a degree or equivalent experience in botany or a related subject. Proficiency with botanical or collection databases and proficiency with imaging software would be desirable. Since the successful candidate will be helping to develop programming solutions, ability to work with SQL, PHP or Python is essential.
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.
Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Dr David Harris, Herbarium Curator (d.harris@rbge.org.uk).
Applications should be made by CV and covering letter (including 2 references and where you saw the post advertised) and outline your suitability for the above post. Applications should be sent along with a completed equal opportunities form to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 5pm on Friday, 22 August 2014.
If you have not heard from us by 5 September 2014, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.
No recruitment agencies please
 

Digitisation/Volunteer Co-ordinator

Full-time, Permanent, based in Edinburgh

Starting Salary £21,557, Band C

We are looking to recruit a permanent, full-time Digitisation/Volunteer Co-ordinator to join our Science department.
Working closely with herbarium team, science and horticultural staff, your primary role will be to carry out digitisation of the collections (herbarium specimens, archives and living collections), and carry out curation as required. You will also develop a volunteer programme, training and supervising the volunteers, as well as help develop web resources for a citizen science work programme.
You should have excellent people skills with the ability to manage a team of digitisers, many of whom would be volunteers. You should have the ability to work independently and be self-motivated. You should have the capacity for meticulous and sensitive handling of delicate specimens in sustained, careful, repetitive work, and be able to critically assess image quality.
You should have good botanical or taxonomic knowledge, and hold a degree or equivalent experience in botany or a related subject. Proficiency with botanical or collection databases and proficiency with imaging software would be desirable. Ability to work with SQL, PHP or Python is also 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.
Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Dr David Harris, Herbarium Curator (d.harris@rbge.org.uk).
Applications should be made by CV and covering letter (including 2 references and where you saw the post advertised) and outline your suitability for the above post. Applications should be sent along with a completed equal opportunities form to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 5pm on Friday, 22 August 2014.
If you have not heard from us by 5 September 2014, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.
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.


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