To fulfil the RHS Vision and Science Strategy you will
develop and support implementation of an RHS Water Strategy that helps our
membership and the UKs gardening community use and manage water sustainably in
their gardens. You will develop a research programme to better improve our
understanding on water use and management in gardens, including RHS gardens.
You will identify and develop collaborative links with other research
organisations and secure external sources of funding to help towards delivering
the research programme.
Applicants should have a PhD or MSc in environmental
science or related subject with a clear and demonstrable focus on water use and
management. In addition, experience in project management and presenting and
publishing scientific research to audiences of varied technical ability is
Hours: Full time
Reports to: Head of Horticultural & Environmental
To develop and support implementation of an RHS Water
Strategy for gardeners and gardens. The post holder will compile existing
knowledge, identify knowledge gaps and undertake new research contributing to
the Horticultural and Environmental Science (HES) research programme.
Based at Wisley with opportunities to work with other
research organisations nationally and internationally, and to work with other
RHS gardens and divisions.
1. To develop and support implementation of an RHS Water
Strategy for gardeners and gardens. This will include water quality and
quantity, sourcing, handling, efficient and appropriate water use and the
uptake of novel technologies.
2. To develop and co-ordinate an RHS programme of
research to infill the knowledge gaps identified by the RHS Water Strategy.
Will lead on undertaking water related research projects contributing to the
HES research programme as well as working with other staff in the science and
curatorial departments to support their work.
3. To develop opportunities for collaboration and secure
external funding for experimental work through attendance at conferences,
liaison with other organisations, and promoting and sustaining the research
programme through dissemination of results.
4. To ensure prompt publication of the results from the
research programme in appropriate scientific journals and broad dissemination
of the results in the non-scientific media, to our members and through the
relevant RHS divisions.
5. To raise the profile of RHS Science through
involvement in professional and peer-group activities, such as editing of manuscripts,
journals and conference proceedings and through citizen science, interpretation
and public engagement.
6. To maintain awareness of relevant water related issues
and policies, represent the Society on relevant national bodies and stakeholder
groups, and advise the Society of developments in these areas where
7. To utilise the RHS Water Strategy and develop
practical advice and guidance for RHS members and for gardeners in the UK.
8. To work with the curatorial teams from the RHS gardens
and make use of the RHS Water Strategy, to assist and advise on garden
management strategies in relation to sustainable water use.
9. To co-supervise PhD, MSc, BSc and other relevant
students and technical staff in order to deliver high quality and relevant
10. Ensure own safety, and the safety of others who may
be affected by your actions. Employees must follow instructions and co-operate
at all times with their line manager to enable the RHS to meet its legal
responsibility. Employees must stop work if the nature of the situation
involves risk of serious injury to any person and must report any hazardous
situation or defective equipment to their line manager without delay.
11. Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required
of you in the post.
A PhD or MSc in Environmental Science or relevant subject
with a focus on water management.
Thorough knowledge of water quality and quantity, water
sourcing, water handling and water use in practical applications as evidenced
by publication in peer reviewed scientific literature and practical experience.
Effective knowledge of appropriate research techniques
including experimental design and analysis of quantitative data, as evidenced
in peer reviewed scientific literature.
Understanding of garden management and plant production
practices in amateur horticulture and / or commercial horticulture.
Familiarity with the different pressures horticultural
users face with regards to water as a resource.
Familiarity with the policy/regulatory issues associated
with water use.
Comprehensive research experience, as evidenced by
appropriate research projects and/or peer reviewed publication record.
Demonstrable experience in the public engagement and
communication of technical and or scientific information to non-scientific
Project management skills, ability to demonstrate the
delivery of a successful project from start to finish and that was on time and
Understanding of practical amateur and professional
Experience in supervising, supporting and mentoring
internships, BSc, MSc and PhD students.
Experience in successfully winning and managing external
funding to undertake scientific research activities.
Skills - Job
Use of Microsoft Word at an 'Intermediate' level
including producing reports and formatting letters
Use of the Internet to carry out research, obtain
information and e-mail
Use of a database including inputting data and searching
Ability to communicate accurately and effectively in
verbal and written English
Ability to travel as required, usually up to 7 days per
Ability to stay away overnight as required, usually up to
5 nights per year
We want to enrich everyone's life through
plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful