Vacancies

A list of our current vacancies.

Current Vacancies

Biodiversity Scientists

Biodiversity Scientists

Permanent, Full-time post based in Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a leading international scientific botanic garden working with partners in more than 35 countries. We have an exciting opportunity for two biodiversity scientists to join our research team on a permanent basis with one post focusing on tropical diversity, the other on Middle Eastern plants.

Tropical Biologist

Salary range £50,025 to £55,103 (Band F)

The work of the RBGE Tropical Diversity Team focuses on understanding the diversity, distribution and evolution of tropical plants and linking this knowledge to conservation and sustainable utilisation. This includes taxonomy (inventory, monography, floristics), macroecology, evolutionary development, phylogenetics/phylogenomics, conservation, sustainability, and capacity building. There is a strong emphasis on linking the research programme with RBGE’s collections (living plants, herbarium). Our work has a particular focus on SE Asia and the neotropics, and current areas of taxonomic expertise include Gesneriaceae, Begoniaceae, Solanaceae, Zingiberaceae and Sapotaceae.

We are seeking an outstanding scientist who has, or who is developing, an international reputation and track record in tropical biodiversity science. We are particularly interested to hear from applicants with strengths in one or more of the following areas:

  1. delivering high-impact international quality science
  2. securing external grant income
  3. connecting biodiversity science to sustainable development and contemporary societal challenges

The remit of this post is deliberately open to attract the best possible candidates from the widest field. We are interested in applicant’s ideas about what they can bring to the RBGE Tropical Diversity programme.

Please click here to download a full job description and person specification

Biodiversity Scientist – Middle East

Salary range £36,862 to £41,518 (Band E)

The Centre for Middle Eastern Plants tackles contemporary environmental challenges including sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, water conservation and climate change.

We work with international and local partners across the Middle East and SW Asia on a diverse set of projects. These include biodiversity surveys, floristics, design of protected areas, restoration programmes, and capacity development, as well as working with landscape designers and architects to design planting schemes for green spaces.

We are seeking applications from individuals with expertise relevant to Middle Eastern plant diversity and/or expertise in conservation and sustainability issues relevant to the plants of the region. The remit of this post is deliberately open to attract the best possible candidates from the widest field. We are interested in applicant’s ideas about what they can bring to RBGE’s work in SW Asia.

Please click here to download a full job description and person specification

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Pete Hollingsworth (Director of Science and Deputy Keeper; p.hollingsworth@rbge.org.uk)

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post to recruitment@rbge.org.uk, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire by Monday, 17 September 2018.

ICT Support Technician

ICT Support Technician

2 Year Fixed Term Contract, based in Edinburgh

Starting Salary £19,241 (Band B) plus Civil Service pension and other benefits

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has a new and exciting opportunity for an ICT Support Technician to join our ICT department.

Working within a small team, you will be responsible for supporting and maintaining IT/AV equipment across all four of our Gardens. This will include 1st line support, remote support to our Regional Gardens, maintenance of Active Directory and the ICT asset register, building, maintaining, deploying and repairing computer equipment and event AV set up and support. This role will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience, participating in a variety of projects including Cyber Essentials and GDPR-related work.

You should have an SVQ Level 3, HNC in a related IT subject or equivalent experience, have excellent communication and customer service skills, be able to work autonomously and manage/prioritise your own workload and be able to deal with staff at all levels. In addition, you should have experience supporting Microsoft Windows desktops and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

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

If you would like to apply, please send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post to recruitment@rbge.org.uk, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire, by midday GMT on Friday 31 August 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.

Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture - Benmore

Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture

2 Year Fixed Term Contract, based at Benmore Botanic Garden

Starting Salary £16,900 (Band A) plus Civil Service pension and other benefits

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has an exciting opportunity for a Modern Apprentice to work and train in our garden at Benmore, near Dunoon, Argyll. This post is being sponsored by The Cruach Trust and The John Younger Trust.

The successful applicant will be offered a 2 year modern apprenticeship in which time they will attend SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) Oatridge campus in West Lothian on a block release basis to work towards an SVQ Level 2 in Horticulture. As part of the placement, you will learn all aspects of horticulture, spending time in all areas of the garden.

The apprentice will also receive 25 days of annual leave plus a generous public holiday entitlement and a protective clothing allowance. As this is a Modern Apprenticeship scheme, applicants must be aged between 16 and 19 years old.

As the first part of the assessment we’d like applicants to put together a personal statement. This should:

  • Tell us about you
  • Tell us about your interest in horticulture and any horticultural skills you have
  • Include information about any previous work experience you have
  • Explain why you would like to become a Horticultural Apprentice at RBGE

Your personal statement should be limited to no more than 3 pages.

You should also complete and return an equal opportunities questionnaire as part of your application, available on our website.

Information on the RBGE and Benmore Botanic Garden can be found on our website at www.rbge.org.uk

Completed applications must be emailed to recruitment@rbge.org.uk no later than 12pm on Friday, 31 August 2018. A selection day will be carried out in September with the successful applicant starting their modern apprenticeship later that month. Block release at SRUC Oatridge will start late autumn.

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