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Schools' Officer - Cambridge University Botanic Garden

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Schools' Officer

Part-time: 3 days a week (22.5 hours per week)

Grade 7, £27,854-£36,298 per annum pro-rata

Reference: PE00986

Applications are invited for the post of Education Officer, with responsibility for schools, to work within a small team in the Garden’s Education Department.

The Schools Officer is responsible for planning, overseeing and developing the Garden’s educational visits programme for schools. The last academic year saw over 400 school visits to the Garden (circa 9,000 school children/students). The Schools Officer facilitates these visits by creating web-based lesson plans and activities for unassisted visits, directly assisting approximately 80 visits annually and training volunteers to assist schools with visits.

Candidates should be educated to degree level in a science or environmental subject, with a subsequent post-graduate teaching qualification, or other recognised professional teaching qualification. They will also have several years’ experience of delivering high quality teaching within a school environment and/or an organisation providing a formal schools education service, such as a botanic garden, environmental centre or a museum.

Applicants must have a sound working knowledge of the current national curriculum, knowledge of plants and their use for educational purposes and an understanding of the wider educational context (within the framework of a major Higher Educational establishment) in which the Garden provides life-long learning.

This is a demanding post, which requires candidates to have broad experience of working with the public, ideally with school age children, families and volunteers, and the ability to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the needs and priorities of these audiences.

Excellent communication and inter-personal skills are essential. Candidates should also possess the ability to work as part of a small team, to prioritise, delegate and work under pressure to inflexible deadlines. The Garden is looking for a creative thinker, who is able to translate great ideas into reality, within the confines of small budgets. Good project management, organisational skills and a high level of computer literacy are also essential.

Further details and a CHRIS6 form are available from the links on the left. Completed forms, together with a copy of a current Curriculum Vitae and the names and addresses of three referees, should be sent to Mrs Brigid M Stacey, Administrator, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JF by the closing date of 27 March 2013.

Please quote reference PE00986. Interviews will be held in April 2013.


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