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St Andrews Garden Director

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St Andrews Botanic Garden

Post of Garden Director

The Directors of the Trust wish to appoint an experienced leader who will work with them and the committed garden staff to generate a new model of working that will enhance the visitor experience at the Botanic Garden (the Garden) while balancing the needs of maintaining the valuable plant collections.

This is a new post and the Directors expect to bring the right experience and abilities that will inform their future plan. As well as day to day management, the role of the Garden Director is crucially about generating new opportunities and connections to develop the Garden’s capacity and extend its facilities and services in the immediate and medium term to support a sustainable, effective and dynamic future at the Garden.

During the early stages of employment, the focus of work of the Garden Director will be on establishing the new team; integrating and motivating staff through the change process; integrating existing and establishing new support systems; and working with the Directors to establish a longer term vision and direction for the Garden.

Background Information
St Andrews Botanic Garden was founded in 1889 and has developed on its present site since 1960. The 7.28 hectare Garden is situated within a ten minute walk from the centre of St Andrews and adds significantly to the amenity of St Andrews. It was granted a Visit Scotland 4* Award in 2011 and 2012. The principal activity of the Garden will be to build upon the existing resource in the provision of an educational and recreational botanic garden facility in St Andrews.

The primary objectives are:
 to welcome and encourage members of the public of all ages to visit the Garden for enjoyment and education about plants, their biology, and cultivation;
 to advance the education and awareness of the public, particularly children, in biodiversity, horticulture, botany and the environment through the provision of classes, workshops, short courses, out-reach programmes, publications, participating opportunities and other media promotion;
 to maintain, display and develop significant collections of named living plants and related objects available to all for reference and study;
 to provide an academic and scientific resource; and
 to contribute to botanical networks and research initiatives on plants, their environment, biodiversity and conservation, with particular reference to native flora of Scotland and the specialist living collections of the Garden.

Governance and Management
The St Andrews Botanic Garden is owned by the University of St Andrews and the governance and management of the Garden will be overseen by the Trust and Board Members (Directors). The Trust will be built upon a partnership involving Fife Council (major funder) and the Friends of St Andrews Botanic Garden. The Trust will provide strategic leadership and monitor the operation of the garden in the areas of:
 Finance and business planning
 Fundraising
 Commercial and sales activities (including catering)
 Staff
 Marketing and communications
 Educational programmes
 Maintenance and development of plant collections
 Maintenance and use of buildings and garden site
 Public facilities
 Health and safety

The Garden facilities will be leased from the University of St Andrews to the Trust and partial core funding will be provided by Fife Council. The Trust will have charitable status.

Living Plant Collection

The Garden has significant collections of named living plants and related objects available to all for reference and study. The collections total about 8000 species with world-wide distribution, and they are grown outdoors and indoors according to required habitat, aesthetically landscaped and chosen for scientific interest. About
600 species form a fine collection of mature trees.


The Education Trust currently runs a full and varied programme of activities for children and adults. The schools programme is taught by a team of qualified teachers led by the Education Officer. All adult courses, some events and the junior clubs are currently organised and run by volunteers. Tutors for the adult courses are paid a fee at a professional rate.
The numbers attending education activities in 2011/12 were:
Tutor-led activities for school - 1,615 pupils in total from 13 Nursery Schools; 35 Primary Schools; 10 Secondary Schools. Travel subsidies are given to Fife schools to encourage visits from all areas
School self-guided visits - 1,928 pupil visits from three local primary schools.
Adult classes and workshops - 185 adult visits for specific classes and practical workshops.
Community events - 1723 people attended 8 events. Community groups e.g.
Home-start and retirement groups use the garden regularly.
Junior Wildlife Club, Junior Hortus (junior gardening club) and Easter Club – 80 children registered in total.

Further information

The full application along with Terms & Conditions is available from the Garden's website. Follow the link from the homepage.

The Closing Date is noon on Monday 24 March 2014