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Conservation Manager

Plant Heritage
£34,000 - £37,000 dependent on experience - full time. Part time (min 4 days) with pro rata pay.
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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We are based in Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QD.

Plant Heritage is the leading cultivated plant conservation charity in the UK, with the aim to conserve the diversity of garden plants.  The charity set up the National Plant Collections® scheme, with 700 collections currently registered, supported by Persephone, an online plant recording system.  Our Threatened Plants Research Programme identifies plants at risk and our Plant Guardian scheme encourages individuals to conserve single plants in their home or garden. 

The Conservation Manager (CM) will plan, coordinate and monitor the various plant conservation programmes including the National Plant Collections Scheme, Threatened Plant Programme and Plant Guardians. The CM will provide leadership to Plant Heritage conservation staff through setting clear objectives and regularly monitoring performance. The CM will prepare and manage budgets associated with conservation projects, help with funding and support PR activities.

The CM will advise and report regularly to the Conservation Committee on progress towards meeting the charity’s conservation objectives. They will promote the work of Plant Heritage and communicate with members, collection holders, partners and other interested parties.  They will oversee the development and operation of our plant recording systems including Persephone, our online plant recording system.


Conservation Strategy

Develop suitable plans and schedules to deliver the Plant Conservation Strategy. This will be through consultation and agreement with the Conservation Committee (CC). Secretary to the CC, working with the Committee Chair to define the work programme for the committee and any appointed working groups. Ensure that the decisions of the CC are communicated and implemented.


Represent Plant Heritage in its relationship with members, Collection Holders, volunteers and other participants in our conservation programmes. Clearly communicate our mission and objectives and respond to requests and other correspondence.

Ensure policies are regularly reviewed and, where needed, updated and approved by the Conservation Committee.

Staff management

Ensure staff members have clearly defined job plans that align with the organisation’s objectives. Identify skills needs and training opportunities where appropriate.

Budget setting, monitoring and fundraising

Identify budget needs linked to plans and schedules and communicate these clearly to the Conservation Committee for agreement. Work closely with fundraising staff to identify and develop opportunities for external funding.

Collections and programmes

Regularly review the performance and outcomes of our conservation programmes to ensure efficient allocation of staff and budgets. Work with the Plant Collections Committee in setting clear and measurable plans for developing the National Plant Collections.

Oversee production of the annual National Collections Directory.


Responsible for developing and managing partnerships with other horticultural and plant conservation charities and related bodies in order to realise opportunities to increase the impact and reach of our work.

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