Urban Community Farm Lead Horticulturist and Educator at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Urban Community Farm Lead Horticulturist and Educator

Location: Botanic Garden, St. Andrews, Fife
Contract: Full-time (40 hours per week, some weekends/evenings), Fixed term: to 31st March 2020
Responsible to: Director
Responsible for: Urban Community Farm Horticulturist
Salary: £23,350

St Andrews Botanic Garden wishes to appoint a senior member of the St Andrews Botanic Garden Horticulture Team who will have a unique opportunity to create and develop an exceptional small scale urban farm and community food garden in an influential University and Botanic Garden context. A total 1200m2 is prepared and available for immediate development for productive food growing to a commercial standard. Established volunteer groups are in place and formal ties with student groups established through previous years of this project.

This project is funded by the Climate Challenge Fund to undertake outreach into the local community, encouraging individual food production and teaching high-level practical skills to both residents and other community programme leaders. Existing food networks are to be developed through practical training and support centred on this demonstration location. As a result, a passion for growing at home and an ability to communicate effectively and inspirationally are critical to this role.

You will be given significant personal responsibility from the first day as part of an ambitious team, with dynamic leadership, in a small but growing educational, conservation and visitor attraction. This brings its challenges, particularly the need to be resilient working in a rapidly changing and adapting environment.

You will have excellent communication and planning skills, with the ability to lead and develop a team of both staff and volunteers. With a great eye for detail, you will have creative flair and bring innovative and imaginative solutions to both daily tasks and long term plans. You will be given significant creative autonomy in developing facilities and growing plans, with Directorial support and within a long-term planning and management framework you will assist in developing.

In addition to demonstrable expertise and experience in your area of horticultural responsibility, we are looking for a track record in content production, training and outreach work that demonstrates clearly an ability to communicate your passion to others.

You would be joining SABG at an exciting time as it refocuses on making its gardens, plants and expertise relevant and accessible to a wider audience. SABG has recently gone through a transition to become an independent charitable trust and is in a successful but challenging time of growth and development. The Community Hub overseen by this post is undertaken in partnership with a group of aligned local organisations and is central to the overall strategy of deepening community engagement.

For a full job description and person specification pack please email info@standrewsbotanic.org

Closing date: All applications should be received by 12 noon on Tuesday 24th April 2018 and interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.