A list of our current vacancies.

Current Vacancies

RHS Course Co-ordinator and Tutor

1 Year Fixed Term Part Time Appointment, based in Edinburgh (4 days)

Salary range - £29,759 to £32,305 (pro-rata)

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. PropaGate Learning is RBGE’s online learning platform that provides learning opportunities to people across the UK and across the globe. RBGE is one of 5 approved RHS online distance learning providers enabling UK and international students to study for an RHS qualification. The RHS Level 2 Principles of Horticulture Certificate is RBGE’s flagship online course and we now have an exciting opportunity for a tutor to join us for a year to co-ordinate and update the RHS certificates we teach to attended and online students.

The successful post holder will be teaching on our RHS programmes. This will include lesson planning, teaching and developing resources (for attended and online students) as well as evaluation of the courses. You will also be providing student support, which will include answering questions on online forums and monitoring student progress.

We are looking for applicants who have a proven track record in teaching excellence within an adult education environment. You should be flexible in your approach, with strong planning and time management skills and the ability to use different teaching methods to engage students. Applicants should hold a degree or diploma in horticulture or have equivalent work experience. A recognised teaching qualification would be advantageous. Experience of teaching online and developing online resources is highly desirable. Strong IT skills are essential.

The role will include some weekend working.

Full job description and person specification is available for this role can be downloaded from this page.

Interested candidates should send a CV (2 sides A4 max.) and covering letter outlining the skills and experience you could bring to the post to, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire by 5pm on Thursday 18th July 2019. Interviews will take place on Thursday 25th July 2019.

Researcher: Centre for Middle Eastern Plants

Full Time, fixed term appointment (until 30 June 2022), based in Edinburgh.

Starting salary: £29,759 (Pay Award Pending)

Applications are invited for the above vacancy within the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants (CMEP), part of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

RBGE is one of the world's leading research orientated Botanic Gardens (, and is located in a UNESCO World Heritage city famed for its scientific innovation and cultural interest. CMEP uniquely specializes in the conservation of plants and habitats across the Middle East, working with partners to address contemporary environmental challenges based upon under-pinning knowledge about the region in which we work (

This is a fixed term appointment until 30 June 2022 with start date on 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a multi-disciplinary role, and the successful applicant will be expected to undertake research and contribute to a range of projects including:

  • Sustainable plant use in Tajikistan;
  • CMEP taxonomy, conservation and sustainable use programmes;
  • CMEP consultancy projects across the Middle East.

This position is part-funded through the Darwin Initiative funded project “Know your onions: sustainable plant use in Tajikistan” directed by the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, with project partners in both the UK and Tajikistan. The project has several themes: these include bringing a number of species currently harvested unsustainably into local cultivation, field monitoring of selected plant species to assess associated reductions in plant and habitat loss, capacity development and awareness raising activities about sustainable use, and a National Report on Native Plants for Livelihoods co-constructed with national, regional and global partners, including extensive research into plant use, benefits, and the potential for local cultivation to improve livelihoods and reduce species and habitat loss.

In addition to this project, CMEP has an ongoing and developing portfolio of strategic programmes across the Middle East that require research, support and implementation, with fieldwork sometimes required at relatively short notice. The successful applicant will support these programmes according to the specific skills they bring to the position.

Applicants should hold an MSc or PhD in plant science, conservation or related discipline, or in international development with a strong interest in sustainable use of natural resources and plant or habitat conservation. You should have a dynamic and collaborative approach to research, and excellent time management skills and attention to detail.

A full job description and person specification which outlines the main duties in more detail, and the essential and desirable criteria for this post, can be downloaded from this page. Informal enquires can be made to Dr Alan Forrest (

Applications should be made by CV and covering letter, outlining skills and experience relevant to the post, which should be sent along with a completed equal opportunities form to no later than 17.00 GMT on Friday 9th August 2019. Interviews will be held in late August 2019.

If you have not heard from us by 31 August 2019, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

No recruitment agencies please.

Operations and Database Officer

Development & Membership team

Full-time permanent post based in Edinburgh

Salary: £24,725

We have an exciting opening for an experienced Operations and Database Officer who can work independently to support the creation and implementation of fundraising operations, to help maximise fundraising and membership income and improve efficiency across all income streams and provide assistance to the wider Development team.

You will manage all team database processes and systems to ensure they run smoothly as well as developing current systems to improve the efficiency of data entry. You will be responsible for inputting and updating all supporter information and associated donations onto the CRM system ensuring the accuracy and integrity of all records and provide monthly reports. Working with the Data Protection Officer you will also be responsible for the team’s regulatory compliance.

Candidates will need to have previous operations and database experience to support fundraising activities and have a good knowledge of UK charitable giving as well as fundraising codes of practice. You will need to be highly organised and have a good attention to detail. Candidates will also require good communication skills with the ability to summarise complex information with clarity, brevity and speed.

A full job description and person specification which outlines all of the key responsibilities as well as the essential and desirable criteria can be 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 to  by 12 noon (GMT) on 19th July 2019. You should also complete and return an equal opportunities form from our website. The interviews are expected to take place during the week commencing 29 July 2019.

No recruitment agencies please.

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