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Head of Horticulture

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ, London (Greater)
£38,613 per annum (£39,401 pa after probation)
Closing date
8 Feb 2021
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The Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London has been open since Victorian times, when the tea trader and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to the local community. Since then, our collection has grown significantly and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history gallery – all surrounded by 16 acres of beautiful Gardens offering breathtaking views across London.

We are currently looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Head of Horticulture to manage, maintain and develop the award winning Horniman Gardens and the work of the Horniman Gardens team to the highest standards for the benefit of our audiences. You will ensure that the Gardens are integrated with the Horniman’s objectives and programmes, including its work on climate and ecology, audience development, community engagement, and commercial initiatives. This position plays a key role in providing an excellent experience for Horniman visitors, supporting income generation and providing a resource for the local community.

You will have proven and significant experience of developing, executing and maintaining horticultural displays of a high standard, as well as curating innovative Garden displays. You will have experience of plant care and collection record keeping as well as horticultural maintenance/nursery work and ideally experience of working with and maintaining tropical plants.

You will have proven experience of the day to day management of a busy public park or Garden as well as the ability to lead, supervise and motivate a team of highly experienced gardeners, gardens keepers, apprentices and volunteers and to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

The closing date for completed applications is 10am on 8 February 2021. 

Interviews will be held on 18 and 19 February 2021 

To apply, visit our website:

The Horniman is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

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