NHM Gardens & Volunteer Manager - Ecology Lead

Natural History Museum

South West London
Up to £30,557 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Wednesday, 24th August 2022   5 days left

About Us

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum's unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today the Museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

The Museum has secured investment from the UK Government to build a new science and digitisation centre at Thames Valley Science Park, a science and technology hub on the University of Reading campus. The purpose-built centre will house much of the Museum's collection and will include laboratories, digitisation suites, collaborative research spaces, conservation labs and workspaces.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

About the role

The Museum is now undertaking an ambitious programme to transform its outdoor space through the Urban Nature Project (UNP), with the aim of improving its visitor welcome, enhancing visitor access and engagement on-site and catalysing national action in support of the UK’s biodiversity. In the eastern gardens, visitors will explore the story of life on Earth. The western grounds will focus on changing habitats and our dependency on the natural world for a sustainable future. The plans include an expanded Wildlife Garden that will support a range of native plants and animals, as well as a new learning and activity complex. A programme of volunteering, training and public engagement activities will reconnect people to nature, celebrate, understand and protect UK urban biodiversity and help create advocates for the planet.

The NHM Gardens and Volunteer Manager: Ecology Lead will join the museum as the Urban Nature Project construction phase starts, and will play a key role in a pond translocation, as well as contributing to other UNP works such as planting and habitat creation. Post UNP-construction from summer 2023, they will play a key role helping to maintain the new gardens and habitats, support a diverse group of volunteers, interns and apprentices, and contribute to the delivery of events and activities. Additionally, as the garden ecology lead they will undertake biodiversity identification and species monitoring across the NHM site, and will train staff, volunteers and members of the public in species recording and identification techniques.

About you

You will have a background in practical ecology, countryside management or horticulture and have a keen interest in natural history. You will enjoy working outside, with a good knowledge of UK plants and ecology, and practical skills in garden management and biodiversity identification and monitoring.

You will enjoy working as part of a team and sharing your knowledge with others, with experience supervising and training volunteers and/or students in practical tasks, and a good knowledge of health and safety management in a public setting.

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