Project Officer, Sheffield Botanical Gardens

  • Salary: Grade 8 (£34,788 – £37,849 pro rata)
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Contract Type: Temporary – 1 year
  • Hours Per Week: 29.6
  • Closing Date: 15 May 2019

Sheffield has a rich variety of wonderful parks and countryside green spaces that contribute to our reputation as an outdoor City, with the Sheffield Botanical Gardens playing a leading role.

Our Parks and Countryside Service team are dedicated to sustaining these high quality green spaces, and with the new Dorothy Fox Education Centre in the Botanical Gardens there is now the opportunity to engage communities to a much greater level with this fabulous resource – by providing a centre of excellence for horticulture and heritage.

This Project Officer post will take a lead role in the development phase of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust. The goal of the project is to devise a programme of activities and events for the Botanical Gardens with a particular focus on reaching out to currently under-represented groups.

The programme needs to be self-financing in the longer term, developed in partnership, and have well-defined, curriculum relevance to a range of learning providers (from primary to lifelong learning).

We are looking for someone who can:

  • undertake the necessary research and market testing to fully explore and determine a workable and ambitious Education Offer for the Botanical Gardens
  • develop a robust business case (with options appraisal) for the establishment of a sustainable Botanical Gardens education service
  • plan and pilot a full programme of audience engagement activities and events, which deliver measurable outcomes that will help inform the bid for delivery funding
  • be a great communicator who can engage with stakeholders and wider partners to optimise project benefits
  • be financially competent, as this project requires the sure-footed planning for a sustainable Education programme including income targets
  • deliver excellent project planning and management. For the heritage project work this will include good record keeping and progress reporting
  • develop the further funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the delivery phase of the project

We are committed to fairness and social justice and welcome applications from everyone. We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria of this job are guaranteed an interview.

For further information and to apply: visit the Sheffield City Council website