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Interpretation & Design Lead – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Starting salary £38.7k-43.6k (pay award pending), plus civil service pension and other benefits.

37 hours per week based in Edinburgh


Permanent position

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of the world’s top four botanic gardens based on the quality, breadth and depth of our science, plant collections, public engagement and education. We are at a hugely exciting time in our 350-year history as we look to deliver the Edinburgh Biomes project, a seven-year capital build programme to restore our heritage glasshouses, create a stunning new public glasshouse, and build new research facilities.


As part of this we are looking to significantly expand our interpretation and design team, and we are now looking for a dynamic individual to work alongside our Head of Public Engagement in developing the team to ensure the delivery of the visitor experience elements of the Biomes project. The postholder will also be instrumental in transforming our current visitor offer, and will lead on the development, updating and maintenance of an interpretive, accessible and inclusive visitor experience across all four of our gardens.


The postholder will set standards for and enhance the quality of our delivery in every area of engagement, supporting not only the obvious Biomes and Garden interpretive suites, but also the quality of design and content delivery across creative programmes and community engagement.


Applicants will need to have had recent and extensive experience of leading and project managing a range of interpretation programmes using multiple delivery techniques, including multi-media exhibitions. Experience in managing multidisciplinary teams including interpreters, designers and external contractors will be essential, and you’ll need creative skills and design judgement experience to be able to successfully manage content development for a variety of target audiences.


More information on the role, including a full job description and person specification, can be found in the information brochure for the post on our website www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/vacancies.


Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience you could bring to the post to recruitment@rbge.org.uk, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire from our website, by midday on Fri. 14th May. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 24th May.


If you haven’t heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application hasn’t been successful on this occasion.


No recruitment agencies please.