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Nature Engagement Assistant


St Andrews Botanic Garden Trust (SABGT) is looking for a dynamic, motivated, and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Nature Engagement Assistant


We are looking for an outgoing, confident ‘Nature Engagement Assistant’ who is passionate about creating exceptional experiences for our audiences to enhance our content and experiences through the face-to-face delivery of our programmes which include weekend Birthday Parties and weekday Holiday Club sessions running throughout the school holidays.

Are you energetic, good with children and naturally outgoing? Perhaps you’re looking to sow the seeds of a career in science communication, looking to build your experience in teaching, or you are passionate about spending time outdoors inspiring others, this role provides the ideal opportunity to build communication and engagement skills. 

Our Nature Engagement Assistants play a key role in creating fun, interactive experiences which spark curiosity and build connections with nature.

You will be an advocate for the important work that St Andrews Botanic Garden carries out in Conservation, Research and Education and effectively communicate this through the programmes and events on offer with a variety of audiences.  


St Andrews Botanic Garden, St Andrews.


Experience working with children and engaging with children, ideally within an outdoor setting.


Interact with visitors and participants proactively and providing a welcoming, inclusive, tailored approach to ensure they get the most out of their experience and offer any additional support required.

Deliver Birthday Party experiences including the delivery of guided trails, workshops, party games and ensuring party guests have an enjoyable, safe and inspiring experience.

Be responsible for the daily delivery and operations of the Holiday Club provision, welcoming children as they arrive, being responsible for group management and tailoring content to suit the needs and abilities of audiences, delivering timetabled activities throughout the day – whilst ensuring there is flexibility for experiences to be child led where appropriate.

Deliver activities, tours, experiences within the setting of St Andrews Botanic Garden and on outreach where required to the high standards expected with regards to performance and professionalism

Be proactive identifying improvements for visitor experience and share best practice/lessons learned with others in the team.

Ensure all safety procedures are followed in accordance with the Trust’s Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Carry out other ad hoc duties, instructions or reasonable requests required by the business by the Management team and Education and Creative Programmes Leader.

Successful candidates for this post will be required to join the PVG scheme and subject to a criminal check through Disclosure Scotland.


Flexible hours


Real Living Wage (Hourly Rate £10.90)

Next Step

Please submit a Career History of no more than two sides of A4 that gives brief details of your education and also details of all posts you have to demonstrate how you have gained the experience required for the post. 

Please also submit a Supporting Statement of no more than one side of A4 to provide evidence that you have the abilities and skills required for the post. In addition, within your statement please explain briefly what attracts you to both this post and organisation.

Please also give the names and addresses of two referees who we might contact if required.  One of the referees must be your current or most recent employer.  Please indicate on your application whether it would be possible for us to collect references in advance of any interview.  We will only contact the referees with your prior agreement.

Applications should be returned by email to or by post for the attention of Calum McAndrew, Education and Creative Programmes Leader, St Andrews Botanic Garden, Canongate, St Andrews KY16 8RT by 5pm Sunday 12th February 2023.  There will be no need to send a hard copy as you will be asked to sign your application if invited to interview.

Applications will be shortlisted and candidates who appear to best meet the requirements from the information given will be invited to interview.  Interviews will take place on Monday 20th February 2023.

 Information for applicants with disabilities - Please contact us in advance if there is any assistance you require.


Calum McAndrew, Education and Creative Programmes Leader

Application Closing Date

5pm Sunday 12th February, Interviews taking place Monday 20th February 2023

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