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Botanic Garden Curator and Head of Horticulture

Botanic Garden
Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

 

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum (OBGA) is recruiting for an individual to join its senior team as Botanic Garden Curator and Head of Horticulture. This is an exciting opportunity to join the UK’s oldest botanic garden as it approaches its 400th anniversary and looks to the future as a world-leading university botanic garden.

The Botanic Garden Curator and Head of Horticulture (BGCHH) will be responsible for the day-to-day management and development of the Botanic Garden. They will play a key role in delivering the vision and strategic plan for OBGA as set by the Director, specifically implementing the Collections Strategy and designing and producing creative botanical and horticultural displays.

The BGCHH will be a member of the OBGA leadership team and work closely with the Director and Deputy Director to realise the vision for the Botanic Garden. The BGCHH will line manage the Glasshouse Curator and lead a team of botanical horticulturalists (currently 6), two trainees, and volunteers. The BGCHH will report to the Director, who determines the strategic vision for the Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

Further particulars including how to apply, and a detailed job description with selection criteria, are available to download below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 23 September 2019.


 

Botanical Horticulturalist

Botanic Garden
Grade 4: £22,017 - £25,482 p.a.

 

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum seeks an enthusiastic and experienced horticulturalist to join our team on a full-time basis. Located off the High Street in Oxford, you will work to consistently high standards to help us transform Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum into a world-class university botanic garden.

You will be involved in cultivating and developing our hardy plant collection within the outdoor sections of the garden. You should hold a recognised level 3 horticultural qualification together with excellent team working skills. It is expected that you are able to demonstrate a wide range of experiences of working in historic and botanic gardens.

The post offers a unique opportunity to join an enthusiastic team in a busy and vibrant department.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement describing how your past experience fits with the advertised position, a CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 6 September 2019.

 


 

Apprentice Arborist

Arboretum
Apprentice Grade 1: £17,079 p.a.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for you to take your first step in a career in Arboriculture. Reporting to the Arboretum Curator, you will develop a working knowledge and broad familiarity with the majority of woody plants within the 130 acres Arboretum and gain an understanding of the Arboretum’s history and its plant collections. You will also undertake a range of practical tasks that will increase your skills and knowledge and assist in the provision of efficient, high quality, skilled maintenance and development of the Arboretum.

Over the two-year apprenticeship you will contribute to the ongoing maintenance and development of the Harcourt Arboretum involved with the creation of outstanding arboriculture displays and natural amenity.

Through training and direct practical experience, the Arboretum Apprentice’s main responsibilities and duties will include the following:

  • Working with specialised historic and botanic plant collections, including trees, shrubs and hedges
  • Compliance with procedures to manage risk to the apprentice, the team, volunteers, visitors and contractors
  • Planting and aftercare
  • Awareness of the diversity of wildlife in the garden and its care and management
  • Use and maintenance of Arboretum machinery, including mowers, strimmers, tractor and trailers

You will also study with Berkshire College of Agriculture, to gain a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Arboriculture. The apprenticeship will be based at the Arboretum with block weeks into college and will last for 2 years, and on successful completion, you will gain a level II Apprenticeship in Arboriculture.


 

Apprentice Horticulturalist (2 posts)

Botanic Garden
Apprentice Grade 1: £17,079 p.a.

 

Becoming an Apprentice at the University of Oxford is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and training. For more information visit: www.apprenticeships.ox.ac.uk

This is an excellent opportunity for you to take your first step in a career in horticulture. You will also study with Abingdon and Witney College, Wootton Road, Abingdon OX14 1GG. To gain an Intermediate Level Horticulture apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will last for 18 months (and the post for two years) and you will gain a Level 2 Horticulture & Landscape Operative qualification.

Reporting to the Botanic Garden Curator, you will develop a working knowledge and broad familiarity with the majority of plants within the garden and gain an understanding of the garden’s history and its plant collections. You will also undertake a range of practical tasks that will increase your skills and knowledge and assist in the provision of efficient, high quality, skilled maintenance of the garden and grounds at a selected property, linked to Work-Based Training Plan objectives.

You should have, or be expected to obtain GCSE’s in Maths and English to a grade C level together with practical experience of working in amenity horticulture and to demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for the skills taught in the Apprenticeship.

Applicants should have evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK. There is also government residency requirements for Apprenticeship funding which the Training Provider will be able to advise on.

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Abingdon and Witney College. To apply, please visit: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-453230


 

Part-time Front of House - Ticket Office, Retail and Events

Botanic Garden and Arboretum
Grade 2: £17,079 - £19,202 p.a. (pro rata)

 

Are you an enthusiastic, hard-working, flexible and engaging individual with a flair for sales and a passion for historic collections? Then this role could be perfect for you!

The Front of House team works together to ensure a high level of customer care in their welcome and wider communication with the Department’s 170,000 annual visitors and strives to maximise Gift Aid and donation income for the Garden and Arboretum, sales of products through the Botanic Garden Boutique and visitor satisfaction through dealing with enquiries.

The postholder must have experience of working in visitor services in a customer-focussed environment. The position requires excellent interpersonal skills, a professional attitude and a flexible approach to the role as well as a positive attitude and a desire to gain knowledge of the Garden and Arboretum and to share this with our visitors. There will be the opportunity to support events during opening hours, at evenings and weekends. Staff are expected to commit to at least one weekend and one weekday shift per week.

Applicants are required to complete the online application form on the University of Oxford website and include a CV and supporting statement addressing the selection criteria. The supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).

This position is permanent and part-time (10 hours per week).

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Wednesday 28 August 2019.

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