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Horticultural Learning Officer (Fixed Term)

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a 40 acre historic garden which is home to over 8000 plant species from across the world. The Garden has over a quarter of a million visitors annually and runs a thriving education and learning programme which attracts an average of 9000 school children a year, offers 65 courses annually to adults, and delivers community and family events throughout the year.

HEFCE funded for five years, this new post will devise, deliver and evaluate a horticultural learning programme for the Garden, across a range of audiences - from school children and teachers to horticulture students, adults and community groups. The post holder will also have practical horticultural responsibility for the maintenance and development of the Schools' Garden, a section of the Botanic Garden, which surrounds our schools classroom.

The role will sit within the Garden's expert horticultural team and report to the Head of Horticulture, but it will require frequent and close collaboration with members of the Learning Team in order to assist in the delivery of the Learning Programme and support the wider educational remit of the Garden. A high level of horticultural knowledge is required to maintain the Schools Garden, but this post also requires the ability to confidently teach and educate at all key stage levels and beyond. Communication and liaison between the two teams will be one of the main challenges for this new role.

The Horticulture Learning Co-ordinator will plan, manage and implement the day-to-day horticultural maintenance and longer term development of the Schools' Garden - with a focus on flower, fruit, vegetable and herb cultivation and their links to early years, primary and secondary school learning. They will also devise, plan and deliver a new programme of assisted FE/HE horticulture college visits to the Botanic Garden, horticulture courses and demonstrations for the general public, and give technical horticultural support to the learning team and learning support to the horticulture team and its trainees.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults' barred lists).

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