Location: RHS Garden Wisley

Salary: £43,042

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Details of our great benefits can be found here.

Overview of the Role: 

We are looking for someone to lead the Entomology team at the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity with over 600,000 members. Our vision is a world where gardening is embraced as a way of life – a source of joy and fulfilment, building healthier lives, stronger communities, and thriving environments. To achieve this, our mission is to be there for everyone on their lifelong adventure with gardening.

The RHS’s Plant Health team is internationally recognised for their contributions to garden plant health and biodiversity research and is focussed on delivering science solutions for people, gardens, and nature. The outputs of this research feed into providing up-to-date advice to RHS members the wider public, professional gardeners and policy makers.

We are looking for someone with a background in Entomology to lead and support work within the Plant Health team. This role will be based at the RHS Hilltop Science building at Wisley gardens. You will help to deliver the Science Strategy and relevant areas of the RHS Sustainability Strategy, by leading a team of entomologists and nematologists. You will be involved in overseeing provision of authoritative and up-to-date advice on garden invertebrates and in developing and expanding the research programme.

You will play a pivotal role in developing the research work of the RHS Plant Health team. You will have a PhD in a relevant area of science, or equivalent relevant experience working with entomology or plant health-related projects. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication and outreach skills and experience managing the work of others to lead an effective team.

To work for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is to join a thriving charity, whose mission is to be there for everyone on their lifelong adventure with gardening. Everything we do is built on the transformational power of gardening – and the benefits it brings to people, places and our planet.

And we couldn’t do this without our people. We’re proud of the knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas that each one of our team members brings. From working across our social media channels, to volunteering in the RHS Gardens, from serving customers in our garden centres to running national marketing campaigns, we believe that every member of the RHS team should have the opportunity to make a difference.

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.

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 peopleservices@rhs.org.uk or 01483 226 530.