Grow Wild Programme Manager - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Type of job: 
full time
Closing date for applications: 
Monday, 20 January, 2020
About the Job: 

Fixed term (FTA) until December 2021

Join our award-winning team. We deliver UK-wide outreach learning to achieve environmental and wellbeing benefits. As our new programme manager you will bring about imaginative public engagement and learning through Grow Wild’s youth-led projects, resource kits, community training and digital campaigns. Our focus is bringing people together to value and enjoy UK native plants and fungi - and we love it.

You will deliver impact with target audiences, manage activities to time and budget and - through helping to secure funding - grow our scale and influence. Part of this work involves managing a talented multi-disciplinary team based at Kew Gardens and a network of partners, suppliers and funders.

Are you ambitious and committed with excellent communication skills? Read on.

More details

Grow Wild is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – a world leader in plant and fungi science and education.

Since 2014, Grow Wild has won multiple national awards for its scale, impact and creativity. The team has built large intellectual and digital assets and engaged community networks. Grow Wild was publicly voted the UK’s Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards on BBC1. Read more on

During 2020 and 2021, Grow Wild will run activities online and on-the-ground to achieve at least 150,000 positive actions each year by target audiences. The main target audiences will be children, young people and adults, especially those unengaged with nature and living in urban and disadvantaged areas.

Grow Wild will also deliver new outreach learning activities with additional funding from private, public and corporate contributions. This plan 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 led teams to deliver public engagement / outreach learning programmes. We’re looking for a demonstrable enthusiasm for and background in environmental change, horticulture/landscape techniques or science communications.

An ability to engage a range of target audiences is really important, especially community groups, volunteers and young people. So is an ability to attract and retain target audiences online and on-the-ground. We’re also looking for collaborative working skills and partnerships achievements.

When applying, please tell us how you meet the person spec and why you want to manage the Kew’s Grow Wild initiative.

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.

Recruitment process: 

Interviews are planned for late January/ early February 2020

Closing Date: 20/01/2020

Target start date: Early March or sooner

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

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well as access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.

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.


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