Director of Learning and Engagement

Organisation: The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Salary: £79,801

Location: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Permanent post, based in Edinburgh. Hybrid working arrangements may be possible.
Starting salary £79,801 (pay award pending), plus civil service pension, generous holiday entitlement and other benefits

We are one of the world’s leading scientific botanic gardens, holding knowledge gained over centuries that the world needs today. All known life depends on plants and fungi. It is our mission to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants. We know that biodiversity loss and climate change are threatening thousands of plants with extinction. Through cutting edge science, conservation, and education, we are helping to save them. Our four Scottish gardens – Benmore, Dawyck, Logan and ‘The Botanics’ in Edinburgh – attract over a million visitors every year. Together, these gardens comprise one of the richest plant collections on earth.

Following a recent restructure, we are now looking to recruit into an exciting new role leading our new Learning and Engagement division to enrich and empower communities through:

• Training, upskilling and empowering learners and professionals of all ages, ranging from building global capacity in plant biodiversity science, conservation, and horticulture to informal recreational courses.
• Leveraging the use of online learning, social media platforms and mobile applications to support environmental education and public engagement.
• Maximising access across the four gardens and providing high quality interpretation.
• Inspiring communities to celebrate, protect and enjoy the natural capital of Scotland and to maximise health and wellbeing.
• Using all our resources and programme, from science and horticulture to the arts, to enhance public understanding of plants fungi and environmental sustainability while contributing to Scotland’s economy through being a major international tourist destination.

More information on the role, including a full job description and person specification and details of how to apply, can be found in our recruitment brochure for the role on our website Although we see this as a full-time role (37 hours per week), applications will also be considered from exceptional candidates looking to work on a part-time basis.

If you haven’t heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application hasn’t been successful on this occasion.

No recruitment agencies please.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 22/11/2023