Grow Wild Project Manager, RBG Kew

Unique opportunity at RBG Kew to manage its flagship outreach learning initiative, Grow Wild. We achieve environmental and wellbeing impacts by engaging people across the UK to value and enjoy plants and fungi.

Since 2014, Grow Wild has won multiple national awards for its scale, impact and creativity. During its next phase in 2020 and 2021, Grow Wild will run activities online and on-the-ground to achieve at least 150,000 positive actions each year by target audiences.

This post is responsible for delivering the intended impacts, managing activities to time and budget, and helping to secure funding to develop Kew’s outreach learning activities.

More details

Grow Wild is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – a world leader in plant and fungi science and education.

Grow Wild’s Project Manager will manage a multi-disciplinary team based at Kew Gardens and a network of partners, suppliers and funders. The initial focus will be engaging people through youth projects, resource kits, community training and digital channels. The main target audiences will be children, young people and adults, especially those unengaged with nature and living in urban and disadvantaged areas.

This post will also help Grow Wild deliver new outreach learning activities with additional funding from private, public and corporate contributions. This approach is made possible thanks to the ongoing support from the National Lottery Community Fund and other funders.

Requirements of the role

The successful applicant will have proven experience at designing and managing public engagement projects with multiple stakeholders. They will have a background in community-based environmental change, horticulture/landscape management or science communications.

We’re looking for an excellent understanding of how to engage diverse communities, volunteers and/or young people in participatory activities, together with achievements in partnership working.

This role will be based at Kew Gardens with some UK travel and may be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS), including barred lists.

Recruitment process

Closing date: midnight, Sunday 10th November 2019
Target start date: 6th January 2020.

End date: December 2021, but this post may be extended subject to funding.


The salary will be £40-42k per annum. We also offer fantastic range of benefits including a generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.


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