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Job title: Botanical Horticulturist


REF: 2471

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: Internal & External

HOURS OF WORK: Full Time (36 hours net)

JOB STATUS: Two year fixed term appointed

SALARY PER ANNUM: £15,931 per annum

DIRECTORATE: Wakehurst Place

LOCATION: Wakehurst Place, West Sussex.


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life.

This role is part of the Garden Unit in the Horticulture and Estate Management team at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, which cultivates and curates the botanical collections and ornamental displays.  You will assist with creating displays of a high horticultural standard that inspire and educate visitors, and support the conservation and research functions of the organisation. You will be a motivated member of the team participating in horticultural activities/maintenance and achieving standards, working efficiently with the team and understanding its role in the organisation. You will help to maintain collections to improve educational and scientific potential of the displays and increase visitor enjoyment.

You will have proven experience in working in working in horticulture, caring for a range of hardy herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees, including pest and disease control and use of horticultural machinery. You will have experience of working in a team carrying out out horticultural tasks. You must have experience of working constructively as part of a team, be able to prioritise work and able to use initiative in solving horticultural problems
Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

For full details of the job purpose, accountabilities and essential education, skills and experience for this role please view the Job Profile document.

CLOSING DATE: 6th August 2013 at 10 am  

INTERVIEW DATE: W/C 27th  August 2013

How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

2. Complete an Application Form and an Equality and Diversity Form.

3. Return your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Please be advised that we do not accept applications by post.  If you have a disability or a special need that requires support please contact us on 020 8332 3135.

Guidance for applicants (Word)

We will only contact those candidates selected for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, you should presume that you will not be called for interview. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on your application if you are not selected for an interview.

If you have any general queries please do not hesitate to call the recruitment team on 020 8332 3135.