Skip to main content

Grow Wild Project Manager

Posted: 10 Sep 2019 Closes: 2 Oct 2019
London £40,000 - £42,000
Fixed term & Full time defra/20190910151104

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.

This post is 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 learning activities.


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.

Grow Wild’s Project Manager 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.

Responsibilities

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.

Grow Wild’s Project Manager 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.

Benefits

Benefits

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.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

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.

End date: December 2021, but this post may be extended subject to funding.

The salary will be £40,000 - £42,000 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience

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.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”.

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

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

Please note this Post is NOT regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Share Job