Full-time, Fixed term from Jan 2020 to Sept 2021
This is an exciting opportunity to engage youth and community audiences across the UK to grow and enjoy plants and fungi. This is part of Kew’s flagship outreach learning initiative, Grow Wild.
Grow Wild has won multiple national awards for its scale, impact and creativity. Since 2014, over four million people have taken part in its activities focused on UK native species. We deliver environmental and wellbeing impacts by inspiring children, young people and adults to take positive actions online and on-the-ground.
You will be responsible for creating a network of youth-led projects, including grant governance, and delivering Grow Wild’s training provision to upskill and connect target audiences, especially community groups. This post will also contribute to digital channels and partnerships that inspire target audiences to take part in other Grow Wild activities, such as resource kits.
This post will join the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. We use the power of science and the rich diversity of our Gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone.
Grow Wild is part of Kew’s Learning and Participation team. We engage audiences with Kew’s science collections and horticulture through formal and informal learning programmes and community engagement.
During 2020 and 2021, Grow Wild will achieve over 150,000 positive actions each year by target audiences. Grow Wild will also 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
You will have proven experience of creating and delivering inspiring experiences that drive public engagement and action. They will have a background in science communications, horticulture/landscape management or community-based environmental change.
We’re looking for successful track record of managing grant funded projects and training days/networks, together with achievements in building productive relationships and highly developed communication skills.
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.
Interviews: weeks commencing 14th and 21st October 2019.
Target start date: 6th January 2020. It is planned that four new Grow Wild team roles, including this post, will join Kew at this time, when there will be handover from the current Programme Director.
This post may be extended subject to funding.
We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
No agencies please