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Growing the Future Job Opportunities


Growing the Future is a pan-Wales programme which will see seven new jobs created at the Botanic Garden.

We have a really exciting new project at the Botanic Garden. Gardens and gardening are part of our way of life and have an incredible amount to offer in terms of health and fitness, as wildlife habitats and as places to secure our food supply. Growing the Future will look at all of these aspects with a special focus on training and engagement.

The project has received £2.3 million of funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. It follows on from the Botanic Garden’s successful Growing the Future pilot scheme.

There will be courses and special events all about the importance of gardens for health and wellbeing and we will also provide a showcase for the huge range and high quality of Welsh horticultural produce – from specialist nurseries producing unique plants and flowers, to commercial growers providing the finest fruit and vegetables. Along with a broad range of training courses for adults and children from right across Wales, we will be holding festivals, conferences, shows and family activities.

We will also be looking to the future and how we can use the latest science and technology to help the horticulture industry. One of the key elements of this will be to harness our research into helping save pollinators in Wales currently being carried out by the Botanic Garden’s science team. We are going to develop a Plants for Pollinators Assurance Scheme.

The Growing the Future pilot, which ran between 2012 to 2015, involved more than 5,000 people being trained in planting, sowing and growing. The new Growing the Future project builds on this work and aims to engage with more than 100,000 people over the five years of the project.

To deliver Growing the Future we need a dynamic team of people and are hiring for seven new full-time positions at the Botanic Garden

Project Coordinator

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring to coordinate the Growing the Future project. This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual with proven project management experience, preferably on EU-funded projects, good technical knowledge of horticulture and expertise within the education sector.

Science Officer

The Growing the Future Science Officer will develop, test and evaluate a ‘Plants for Pollinators’ assurance scheme, building on the results of the Botanic Gardens Saving Pollinators programme. They will also provide scientific support in the development and delivery of horticulture courses and public engagement events.

Ecosystem Gardening Trainer

This role will provide advice and support, develop and deliver courses and public engagement on beekeeping and the incorporation of wildlife into gardens. The job is to engage people and provide training in the value of gardens for helping the environment. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced beekeeper with a good technical knowledge of wildlife gardening and proven experience in training.

Horticultural Trainer – Adults

This role will work on developing and delivering a range of horticultural courses and learning materials for adults. The aim is to engage people in horticulture and provide training in the value of gardens for growing food, keeping fit and helping the environment.

Horticultural Trainer – Children

This role will work on developing and delivering a range of horticultural courses and learning materials for children. The aim of the role is to engage children in horticulture, demonstrating that gardens can be good for health, wellbeing and fun.

Finance and Admin Officer

We are looking for someone who is highly organised, with excellent attention to detail and a high level of numeracy to provide administrative support to the Growing the Future project. They will help to ensure that the project outcomes and indicators are correctly measured and reported, collecting and summarising the metrics required to evidence this.

Marketing and Events Officer

The GTF project has a strong and crucial ‘public engagement’ strand and we are keen to recruit a marketer with experience of devising, developing and co-ordinating events, including festivals and conferences which further the aim of the project as well as aligning with the Botanic Garden’s core mission and purpose.