Full-time position - 40 hours per week, some weekends/evenings
Fixed term to 31st March 2020
St Andrews Botanic Garden wishes to appoint a senior member of the St Andrews Botanic Garden Horticulture Team who will have a unique opportunity to create and develop an exceptional small scale urban farm and community food garden in an influential University and Botanic Garden context. A total 1200m2 is prepared and available for immediate development for productive food growing to a commercial standard. Established volunteer groups are in place and formal ties with student groups established through previous years of this project.
This project is funded by the Climate Challenge Fund to undertake outreach into the local community, encouraging individual food production and teaching high-level practical skills to both residents and other community programme leaders. Existing food networks are to be developed through practical training and support centred on this demonstration location. As a result, a passion for growing at home and an ability to communicate effectively and inspirationally are critical to this role.
You will be given significant personal responsibility from the first day as part of an ambitious team, with dynamic leadership, in a small but growing educational, conservation and visitor attraction. This brings its challenges, particularly the need to be resilient working in a rapidly changing and adapting environment.
You will have excellent communication and planning skills, with the ability to lead and develop a team of both staff and volunteers. With a great eye for detail, you will have creative flair and bring innovative and imaginative solutions to both daily tasks and long term plans. You will be given significant creative autonomy in developing facilities and growing plans, with Directorial support and within a long-term planning and management framework you will assist in developing.
In addition to demonstrable expertise and experience in your area of horticultural responsibility, we are looking for a track record in content production, training and outreach work that demonstrated clearly an ability to communicate your passion to others.
You would be joining SABG at an exciting time as it refocuses on making its gardens, plants and expertise relevant and accessible to a wider audience. SABG has recently gone through a transition to become an independent charitable trust and is in a successful but challenging time of growth and development. The Community Hub overseen by this post is undertaken in partnership with a group of aligned local organisations and is central to the overall strategy of deepening community engagement.
For a full job description and person specification pack please email [email protected]
All applications should be received by 12 noon on Tuesday 24th April 2018 and interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
Horticultural Summer Internship (up to 2 positions available, 8-12 weeks)
Salary £7.83 per hour
40 hours per week
St Andrews Botanic Garden, in conjunction with Friends of the Garden, is offering a horticultural summer internship opportunity for up to 2 suitable candidates for 2018. The candidate(s) will be enthusiastic about horticulture and will be aiming to establish themselves within the field of horticulture for their career.
St Andrews Botanic Garden (SABG) holds an exceptional, diverse and documented botanical collection in 18 beautiful acres, including half an acre of glasshouses. Located in the centre of the iconic town of St Andrews, it benefits from its links to this UK top 5 University and the global tourist interest in St Andrews.
You would be working with SABG at an exciting time in its 126 year history as it refocuses on making its gardens, plants and expertise relevant and accessible to a wider audience. SABG has recently gone through a transition to become an independent charitable trust and is in a challenging time of growth and development. In the past 3 years visitor numbers have increased over 80%, facilities have been upgraded and planning initiated for long-term development. SABG has an income around £580 000 per year and employs 14FTE across a headcount of 23, including seasonal and occasional staff.
The Internship is sponsored by the Friends of St Andrews Botanic Garden and was inaugurated in 2016 to commemorate the voluntary contribution to the Garden of Marigold Speir, Helen Dingle and Anne Lightwood. It consists of an 8 - 12 week schedule working alongside experienced horticulturists and mentors and will include gaining experience across all aspects of horticulture and Garden maintenance. This will cover rock garden, soil types, vegetables, propagation and pruning, as well as glasshouse and collections maintenance. The intern will also have the opportunity to work alongside the education and outreach team.
All applications should be received by 12 noon on Friday 20th April 2018.