Horticulturist- Benmore Botanic Garden
Permanent, full-time, based at Benmore Botanic Garden
Starting Salary £19,241 - £20,497
We are looking to recruit a Horticulturist to join our team at Benmore Botanic Garden.
You shall be working within a team of eleven Horticulturists who have responsibility for the maintenance and development of the diverse, internationally significant plant collections grown at Benmore. This will include activities such as planting, mowing, weed control, hard landscaping, winter debris clearance, drainage and removal of Rhododendron ponticum. Part of your role shall also be husbandry of plants at the Victorian fernery with associated activities of maintaining plant database records, application of fertilisers, pesticides and biological controls, maintaining plant labelling and carrying out stocktakes.
Ideally applicants should hold a recognised horticultural qualification and have relevant practical experience. You shall have a positive, pro-active personality and be comfortable working within a team environment but also be self-motivated as there will be periods of lone working. You should have good horticultural and plant knowledge, be familiar with common pests and diseases, and have experience of the operation and maintenance of a range of horticultural machinery. It would also be beneficial for candidates to have both spraying and chainsaw certification. You should be a good communicator capable of receiving instruction, providing feed-back and be at ease with garden visitors.
A full job description and person specification outlining all the essential and desirable criteria can be downloaded from our website at www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies
Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter which outlines your suitability for this post. You should also complete and return an equal opportunities questionnaire. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday 16th May 2019. Interviews are anticipated to take place week commencing 27th May 2019.
If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is committed to providing a fair and equitable working environment and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to these posts. We have a range of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity, including flexible working for staff with, for example, parenting and carer responsibilities, and proactive celebration of diversity among our staff, students and volunteers. RBGE holds an Athena SWAN Research Institute Bronze Award in acknowledgement of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality.