Thursday, July 30, 2015

Team Manager - Gardens, Horticulture and Botany

Team Manager - Gardens, Horticulture and Botany

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is the UK’s No.1 top zoo and is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.

With the new ‘Islands’ site now open, 2015 is set to be an exciting year! This unique and innovative project will provide an immersive experience; showcasing the animals of South-east Asia and working towards a better understanding of the vital conservation work being undertaken in this region.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead a horticultural team; the successful applicant will be involved in the landscaping, planting and maintenance of 125 acres of award winning gardens and animal enclosures. We are increasingly developing our plant conservation work and the successful applicant would take an active role in that.

  • The successful applicant will supervise and develop staff and manage the operations and resources of the Horticulture and Botany section efficiently to maintain the highest standards of horticultural activities. They will work with the Curator in developing specific zoo projects and plant conservation work and manage their operational development and delivery.
  • The successful applicant will have a minimum of an NVQ 3 in Horticulture or RHS General. They will have a PA1 and PA6 spraying certificate and a full driving licence. They will have proven practical experience and supervisory level experience.
  • The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding of a wide range of horticultural skills and practices including; propagation, growing from seed to planting out, care and cultivation of plants and knowledge of soil science.
  • They will have a good understanding of Integrated Pest Management and an ability to recognise pests, diseases and weeds and treat them by either biological or chemical means. They will have excellent plant knowledge, both hardy and tropical, and a good understanding of botany.
  • The successful candidate will have plant conservation experience and a good understanding of environmental issues, with experience in creating plant exhibits. They will be able to manage a team and have good communication and organisational skills.
  • The successful candidate will ideally have an understanding of plant record databases and labelling systems.

Salary is £30,227 per annum for a 40 hour week.

Closing date is Friday, 14th August 2015.

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