Head Gardener Vacancy

Within this career-defining role we are looking to appoint an exceptional candidate to lead the horticultural team of staff, trainees and volunteers at an exciting in the Garden’s development as it prepares for the next stage of a bold programme of renewal and refreshment aiming to benefit as wide a range of audiences and visitors, increasing engagement with and the care and protection of the Garden’s internationally important heritage.  New and updated facilities for visitors, learners, volunteers are staff are envisaged in time to celebrate its 350 anniversary in 2023.  The Head Gardener ensures that horticultural activities support income generation including venue hire and events.

Essentially the successful candidate will have at substantial practical experience in a management/supervisory capacity a suitable qualification for this senior role, ie. an HND/Foundation Degree in Horticulture/Kew/Edinburgh Diploma or similar.  Candidates will be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of botanical classification and basic taxonomy.  Demonstrable experience of managing a small team of high performing horticultural specialists is essential together with experience of mentoring trainees and volunteers.

 Basic Terms and Conditions: This is a permanent post.  Hours averaged at 37.5hrs per week over 5 days plus regular participation in the weekend duty rota.  It includes working some unsocial hours to support events and activities.  Salary £35,000-£38,000 dependent on experience.  Pension 3% employee, 5% employer.  33 days leave including 8 days statutory holidays.   

Completed application form and covering letter should be sent to: [email protected]

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Closing date: 8 November 2017

First Interviews: 22 November 2017 at Kew Gardens