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Job title: Supervisor, Hardy Ornamentals

REF: 328

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: External & Internal candidates

HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours per week net

JOB STATUS: Permanent

SALARY PER ANNUM: £22,056 per annum

DIRECTORATE: Kew Gardens' Horticulture

LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


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. 

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced team leader/ manager to join our Horticulture Department. As part of the Hardy Display Section, you will be supervising and working with teams responsible for the development of new and exciting outdoor horticultural features in the most visited part of the Gardens, as well as maintaining and improving the existing collections. You will manage, coach and develop staff and students to maximise effectiveness and ensure high horticultural standards that inspire and educate visitors. Supporting Festivals and Events by creating new horticultural displays to increase visitor numbers and income generation, is an important part of this role.

With a NVQ level 3 or above in Horticulture you will have recent and significant professional experience of horticultural staff management and of working in practical horticulture, caring for a range of hardy shrubs, herbaceous plants, bulbs and turf. Highly organised and with good communication skills, you will have proven experience of coaching and motivating staff and the ability to use initiative in solving horticultural problems.

Salary will be £22,056 per annum. Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: 19 November 2013 at 10am


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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.

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