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Botanical Horticulturist

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Wakehurst, West Sussex
£22,750 - £25,663 per annum
Closing date
18 May 2022
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, hard-working, and dedicated horticulturalist to help develop and maintain what is currently known as the Asian Heath Garden at Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden in Sussex. This full-time role forms part of the Gardens Unit within the Landscape and Horticulture Team, which curates and develops the designed landscapes and wild habitats of the 535-acre estate. Wakehurst's Designed Landscape Plan establishes the need for intensified horticulture, more rigorous collections management, and research to create new areas.

This role will contribute to that aspiration, as well as to visitor enjoyment and education, and in supporting Kew Science by providing living plant material for research and conservation programmes. The Asian Heath Garden is undergoing a complete transformation and will become The Asian Steppe Garden. Inspired by the plants found along the Silk Road, an ancient trading route connecting China to the West, our new landscape will be brimming with wild-collected flora native to areas within this Central Asian region, including Kyrgyzstan and The Caucasus.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi.

As part of a small team responsible for the Asian Heath Garden the successful applicant will be required to maintain the area to a high horticultural standard. Tasks will include mowing, edging, strimming, weeding, pruning, and irrigating, as well as participating in the development of the Asian Steppe Landscape.

The successful applicant will have recognised horticultural qualifications (NVQ Level 2 or above), or equivalent. The position requires an organized, self-motivated, and articulate individual with sound horticultural knowledge and the ability to work both in a team environment and independently. The successful applicant should have proven experience in the cultivation of a range of temperate woody and herbaceous plants, including pest and disease control and use of horticultural machinery. An interest in naturalistic planting and/or alpine flora would be a welcome advantage. This role could also be a fantastic opportunity for someone who has recently completed training or is starting out on their horticultural career as full training will be available to the successful candidate.

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well as access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

No agencies please.

Closing Date:  18/05/2022

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