The RHS is looking to recruit a Head of Plant Health to work in the new RHS Science Centre at RHS Wisley Garden to be part of the Science and Collections Management team. You will head up and lead the RHS plant health team (25 staff) in providing authoritative and up-to-date advice on garden pest and disease problems, develop and expand the research programme; maintain awareness of biosecurity and plant health issues with respect to horticulture/gardening and advise the Society.

Applicants should have a PhD in entomology, plant pathology or related subject. Successful candidates will have significant post-doctoral research experience, strong communication skills and expertise in the management of teams, obtaining research funding and budgeting. An interest in or understanding of horticultural sciences and gardening will be of value, as well as evidence of communicating to audiences of varied technical ability.

Please note: We may review applications as soon as we receive then so if you see a vacancy that you are interested in, please apply straight away as the vacancy will be closed as soon as we hire the right candidate. Should you require any additional support with making your application please contact People Services on or 01483 226 530.

Safeguarding and Inclusion

The RHS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all personnel to share in this commitment. We are an inclusive employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Job titleHead of Plant Health Job referenceREQ0002084 Date posted20/01/2023 Application closing date17/02/2023 LocationWisley, Woking Salary£52,367 – £66,263 Contractual hours37.5 BasisFull time Job category/typeScience

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Job Title: Head of Plant Health                     

Location: RHS Garden Wisley

Salary: £52,367 – £66,263

Hours: 37.5 per week

Contract: Permanent


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