All of Eden's current vacancies are listed below.
For further information on any of these positions, or to find out about working for Eden, call our recruitment line on 01726 811967 or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fixed term contract until 2/11/2014
Part time position (24 hours a week)
£25,000 pro rata
The Eden Project needs to ready for business seven days a week, 365 days of the year, and in order to make this happen we need a strong site management team. Our Site Managers play a pivotal role in the day to day running of the Eden Project site, from opening the gates in the morning, ensuring the site is running smoothly thought out the day, to closing up when all our visitors have gone home.
This is a varied and unpredictable role, no two days are the same and you will need to expect the unexpected. A competent problem solver, you will have the ability to spot potential issues and fix them before they even arise, nothing can compromise our visitors experience.
You will be an excellent negotiator and have the ability to assert your authority when necessary. A skilled communicator, you will be able to interact with our visitors, the wider Eden team, and external contractors. You will be a quick thinker, calm under pressure and adaptable.
Previous experience of working in an operationally focussed role in a dynamic organisation is essential. You’ll be enthusiastic, passionate, engaging and knowledgeable, and most importantly you’ll love working with a diverse range of people.
The closing date for completed applications is Sunday 11th May 2014
Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 19th May 2014
Events Sous Chef
Full time, permanent position
Eden has an exciting opportunity for an experienced chef to join its highly regarded events and hospitality team.
You will work in our very busy events team to develop the function menus and head up the cooking operation for the events team. These will include birthday parties, corporate events and weddings. The food prepared will need to be of high quality and taste while ensuring that budgets and costs are adhered to.
Our preferred candidate will have experience of working in a high volume, fast paced environment. They will be creative, ambitious, enthusiastic, inspiring and lead their team by example.
The closing date for completed applications is Monday 28th April 2014
Head of Digital
Full time, permanent position
Salary up to £50k pa
We are looking for someone to lead our Digital Team and further develop and implement our digital strategy.
Eden is an educational charity with significant ambitions - our digital strategy will play a key role in the delivery of those ambitions.
You will work on ensuring the Eden digital customer journey fulfils the needs of Eden as a visitor attraction and charity.
You will also manage a small, multidisciplinary team and be responsible for ensuring that digital content is relevant and engaging. The ability to balance the needs of stakeholders and internal customers across the Project is a key skill required. You will work at a senior level within the Marketing Team to ensure Eden’s Brand DNA is consistent across all channels.
Previous experience in digital strategy is essential, and knowledge of the visitor attraction and/or charity sectors would be an advantage.
If you think you can bring something unique to Eden’s digital output and would like to join our team please complete and return an application form.
Closing date for completed applications is Sunday 4th May
Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 12th May
Visitor Experience Manager
Full time, permanent position
Here at the Eden Project we believe that our visitors deserve more than just good service, they deserve world class service - an amazing, educational, engaging experience that they’ll never forget. As our Visitor Experience Manager you’ll make sure that this happens, that we exceed all our visitors’ expectations on a daily basis.
This is a pivotal role that comes at a key time for Eden, we need someone who can make an impact, someone who believes in our vision and who is able to promote this across the whole Eden team. In order to achieve this you will realise the importance of communicating clearly with internal and external stakeholders and can provide creative and inspirational leadership across the Project to ensure high levels of visitor engagement.
You’ll be assertive, have the ability to negotiate and persuade, but at the same time motivate team members to ensure that we are creating the best possible experience for our visitors. You can work strategically, and be able to interpret that vision so that the team on the ground can put it into practice and ensure this vision is delivered. Some of these teams you’ll manage, some you won’t, so gaining their respect, as well as that of your peers and senior managers is crucial to the success of this role.
Significant hands on experience of working in a customer service role, across diverse teams, in a dynamic organisation is essential, and preferably this experience will have been gained within the tourism or service industry. You’ll have excellent commercial awareness and be able to manage budgets. Enthusiastic, passionate, engaging and knowledgeable, you’ll love working with a diverse range of people.
The closing date for completed applications is 12 May 2014
Interviews to be held week commencing 19 May 2014
Retail Plant & Outdoor Buyer
Maternity Cover Position, full time
At the Eden Project we love to wow our customers with ethically sourced and unique products in our fantastic retail outlets.
You will be responsible for driving additional revenue by creating a range of plants and outdoor products which reflect our ethos and values. A keen knowledge and interest in plants would be beneficial for this position.
Key responsibilities will be to manage the supplier base and review the ranges on offer in conjunction with the Retail Buying team. You will source product, negotiate with your suppliers and manage the promotional calendar. You will also liaise with the retail management team in communicating new products.
Candidates must have previous buying experience gained within the horticulture or plant sector, either from a retailer, supplier or distributor. You will also need to have strong customer focus and a proactive outlook. Excellent organisation, supplier management and negotiation skills are required along with an eye for developing new products.
Closing date for completed applications is Sunday 4th May 2014
Visitor Experience Assistant
£6.44 per hour for age 18 and over. £5.75 per hour for under 18s
Our Admissions team have a number of vacancies for seasonal staff to join them until the end of September. Each vacancy will be based around a minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 30 hours per week.
At the Eden Project our visitors mean everything to us. We pride ourselves on creating memories and experiences that will last and that will bring our visitors back to us time and time again. And that’s why we need welcoming people like you.
We are looking to recruit members for the team who have a passion for Eden and can consistently deliver a warm engaging welcome suitable for our world class destination, whilst focusing on the sales of Admission tickets, Gift Aid and the Eden Guide.
If you think you have the drive and motivation to join our sales team we would love to hear from you.
The closing date for this position is Sunday 27th April 2014
Events and Conferences Team Member
Fixed term until end of October 2014, 0 hour contract
Our Events and Hospitality team is looking for hardworking, confident people to join its events delivery team. A strong eye for detail is essential with an infectious enthusiasm for the role, a hand on approach will be needed at all times.
On a day to day basis you will be in close contact with customers and staff so an excellent customer service attitude and the ability to build working relationships with fellow team members is essential. The main responsibilities of the role include setting up the venues, setting tables, waiting tables, serving drinks and handling cash, all to be done in a friendly and professional manner.
Each event will be different, so you could be hosting a drinks reception in the biomes one week and covering every aspect of a formal dinner the next.
Hours include weekends and late nights.
Closing date for completed applications is Sunday 27th April 2014
Mediterranean Biome, Skilled Horticulturist
Full time, permanent position
£15,996 to £17,136 (per annum)
We are looking for an experienced Mediterranean horticulturist to join our team responsible for maintaining and developing the plant displays and exhibits in the Mediterranean Biome. You will be expected to work to very high standards and have a good eye for detail. An all-round knowledge of Mediterranean horticultural skills will be necessary as well as the ability to develop a specialists understanding for specific areas of responsibility.
Candidates ideally should have 3 years relevant experience in Mediterranean horticulture, Pa1 and Pa6 qualifications and a minimum of a Diploma in Horticulture. You will need to be a team player and be highly motivated and enthusiastic with good communications skills. Knowledge of Mediterranean Crops and/or Mediterranean fruits would be particularly advantageous.
Display Horticulturist, Displays Team
Part time (3 days per week)/£8,634 (pa)
We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative horticulturalist to join our displays team for 3 days a week (approximately 24 hours a week). You will be responsible for installing and maintaining plant displays and exhibits on and off site.
You will work to a good horticulture standard and have a good eye for detail. All round knowledge of horticulture with the ability to develop new skills is essential. As part of the Temporary Displays Team you will work closely with teams across the Eden Project site.
Suitable candidates must have a proven creative flair and horticulture NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent). Plant care knowledge, PA1 and PA6 would also be advantageous.
Plant Label Lead
3 days per week/ £12,216 (pa)
We are looking for someone to manage and co-ordinate plant display labels onsite working across the horticultural team and with the Interpretation team. In order to deliver durable, appropriate, accessible signage you will be practical with a creative flair and you will demonstrate excellent communication skills.
You’ll also need to keep accurate and up to date records of the style, location and content of the labels using the plant label database. Part of role will involve exploring new ways (hardware, printed and handwritten text) to deliver accessible plant labels and content, allowing full input from the Horticultural and Interpretation team members.
It is very important that this role is focused on delivery whilst ensuring team involvement and ownership. Ideally you will have good plant knowledge as well as written skills. You will need to have good IT skills too including database and label printing experience. As well as sound horticultural experience, you will also have a recent working knowledge of Creative Suite Software (InDesign & Photoshop).
This unique role requires an individual with an equal need to have good plant knowledge and graphics experience! We realise that might be a rarity so if you are a graphics whizz with a passion for plants and willingness to be put through some intense plant nomenclature training then we’d really like to hear from you. Likewise if you are a horticulturist with a passion for graphics and a willingness to be put through some intense graphics training we’d like to hear from you too.
The closing date for all Horticulture positions is Monday 19th May 2014
Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 2nd June 2014
THE EDEN PROJECT: Inspiring, world-class horticulture
The Eden Project in Cornwall is an educational charity which has developed a global reputation as a must-visit centre of horticultural excellence in the UK, which is not short of a wide range of competing attractions.
• It is no exaggeration to say that horticulturists are among those who ensure the survival of the human race by combining the energy of the sun with soil, seeds, water and ingenuity. We use horticulture at Eden to create beauty, stir emotion, challenge concepts, tell stories relating to global issues and most importantly, provide a learning environment that influences people to care for and look after their planet. Eden’s, plants, skilled horticulturists and knowledge are the primary assets of the iconic destination that has welcomed over 13m visitors in the 12 years since it opened its doors in 2001. In around 50 hectares of once-degraded industrial land we grow over a million plants of 6,000 different plant types. Apart from the challenging setting there is nothing particularly out-of-the-ordinary about this, however, what is it that makes Eden horticulture so unique compared to other garden-based visitor attractions?
It is ‘extreme horticulture’, succeeding against the odds as a regeneration project in a massive hole in the ground with no soil, precipitous and unstable slopes and poor drainage. It is worthy of note that every tonne of soil we use is made by us from green, mineral and food waste.
It is broader-based than anywhere else in the UK, containing not just authentic global habitats such as rainforest and Mediterranean but also crops on a crop-scale.
It is story and issue-based horticulture, with plant selection centred on particular messages and meaning and placed in their cultural context so as to provoke thought and discussion.
It exists within a cross-disciplinary framework of artists, performers, designers, scientists and educationalists who all, enhance and interpret the plantings.
Seasonality, topicality and ‘wow’ factor plantings reinvent the ‘Parks Department/Botanic Garden’ approach to gardening in a way that is uniquely Eden. It challenges perceived wisdom about the way public horticulture should work, using striking and unusual plant combinations that set new trends in planting design all-year-round.
The world population is estimated to reach nine billion by 2045 yet UK horticulture and plant sciences currently faces a national shortfall in the necessary technical, professional and practical skills to address our current and future challenges such as food security and managing our land. It therefore follows that practical training and sharing best practice with others should lead to a more effective, more efficient and more sustainable land stewardship and food production in the future.. Eden, with its unique combined experience of restoring derelict land whilst simultaneously creating a spectacle to attract millions of visitors, is well placed to lead and be part of the revolution required to influence future global discussions and decisions.