Cruickshank Botanic Garden (CBG) is 11 acres (4.5 hectares) in size and notable as the most northern University Botanic Garden in the UK.
The garden is a recognised resource for the study of plant sciences and horticulture and a significant University asset for research, learning and public engagement.
The Garden is directly managed by the Curator, Head Gardener and 2.5 full-time equivalent Gardeners, plus a part-time Garden trainee.
Additional assistance by an increasing number of volunteers is equally beneficial. The present botanic collection is comprised of over 3,200 taxa appropriate to CBG’s geography, climate and soils and additional temperate species are being added from the latitudinal extremes of both hemispheres.
Cruickshank Botanic Garden was founded in 1898 by Anne Cruickshank in memory of her brother and father who had studied and worked at the University, respectively.
Miss Cruickshank bequeathed the original 7 acres (2.8 hectares) to the University, including the Cruickshank building.
The property continues to be jointly managed by the Cruickshank Garden Trust and the University of Aberdeen. As per the Trust’s original purpose, the Garden was For the teaching and study of Botany as pure science, and as applied to the Arts and Industries, and for the furtherance of University interests and the public good’.
The successful candidate will join a team of skilled gardeners responsible for the upkeep of Cruickshank Botanic Garden in Old Aberdeen.
Duties will be determined by the Head Gardener and the post holder should have a broad range of experience over a number of seasons working in various garden environments.
The successful candidate will also have an appreciation of the role of the Botanic Garden and will be able to contribute to the maintenance, development and use of the living collections.
Post holder must also be able to interact positively with University staff, garden volunteers, students and visitors to the garden and have good communication skills, be reliable and conscientious.
Supervision of colleagues and volunteers is expected and the provision of Garden tours desirable.
The successful candidate should be qualified to SVQ / NVQ Level 3 National Certificate / BTEC Level 3 in Horticulture and have additional relevant horticultural experience.