Senior Community Outreach Advisor: RHS Garden Wisley and South East

Location: Based at Wisley
Salary: Circa £32,000 per annum
Contract: Permanent, 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity to join our Communities team …

We are working supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to grow Wisley as a dynamic, accessible ‘learning garden’ for the future. Your horticulture and community development skills will enable us to tangibly increase our impact and profile in diverse communities near to RHS Garden Wisley and in the South East. You will be passionate about the role that plants and gardening can have in improving people’s lives, and have the creativity and determination to work as part of small team to build relationships with key local partners and other Wisley teams to deliver these benefits. With a track record delivering horticultural training, workshops and skills, you will also have an understanding of community development and consultation.

The RHS has been the force behind gardening for more than 200 years. Our charitable work is diverse and includes connecting millions of children, young people, adults and families with nature through our campaigns Greening Great Britain and the Campaign for School Gardening; supporting RHS Britain in Bloom, Europe’s largest community gardening campaign, and conducting pioneering horticultural scientific research. We believe everyone in every city, town and village, should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

The role of Senior Community Outreach Advisor is an exciting and varied one. As well as inspiring and empowering groups directly with your horticultural skills, you will build partnerships with local organisations to enable diverse audiences to access and enjoy Wisley Garden. You will work closely with other Wisley teams to deliver and shape a programme that responds to the needs and interests of local people whilst celebrating the rich horticultural, cultural and scientific heritage of Wisley and the RHS.

If you are a passionate about community engagement through growing, a skilled horticulturalist with experience inspiring communities new to gardening and the next generation of gardeners then this is the role for you.

Experience of working with a broad range of participants including community organisations, volunteers, young people, children and families is essential. With excellent communication, project management and reflective skills and the ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with stakeholder organisations, you will a minimum of a level 2 qualification in horticulture, as well as community development experience, ideally linked to the heritage sector.

For more information on this post and to apply, please visit our website http://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/work-for-the-rhs/vacancies

Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday, 26 June

Interviews: will be held during period: 8 to 10 July 2019