Full-time, Fixed term from Jan 2020 to Sept 2021
This is a unique opportunity to manage Kew’s flagship outreach learning initiative, Grow Wild, to engage people across the UK to grow and enjoy plants and fungi.
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 delivering the intended impacts on target audiences, managing engagement activities to time and budget, and helping to secure funding to develop Kew’s outreach
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.
As Grow Wild’s Project Manager, you will manage a multi-disciplinary team based at Kew and a network of partners, suppliers and funders. The initial focus for activities will be delivering youth projects, resources, community training and digital 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
The successful applicant will have proven experience at designing and managing large projects with multiple stakeholders and specialist teams. They will have a background in science communications, horticulture/landscape management or community-based environmental change.
We’re looking for an excellent understanding of how to engage diverse communities, volunteers and/or young people in participatory activities, together with achievements in partnership working 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