Gardener Internship - Job Opportunity

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Job Description: Gardener Internship

Phytology is an action research project bringing together artists and botanists to explore the ecology and medicinal properties of wild plants and weeds common to derelict and undeveloped urban sites. This partnership seeks to challenge perceptions of the value of un-manicured growth, revealing practical biomedical usefulness, and suggesting a wider eco-connectivity.

We are now seeking a paid Garden Intern to support the project through the busy summer months. The successful applicant will have basic gardening experience and demonstrate a keen interest in either urban ecology, herbalism, food growing or permaculture. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, who is confident working with volunteers, guiding visitors and engaging with the local community. Under the guidance of the Phytology team, the Garden Intern will gain hands-on experience of organic horticulture, botany, habitat management, harvesting, herbal preparations and working in a public garden. The Garden Intern will be based at our site in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve during our opening hours (Saturdays 10am - 6pm), and there will be additional opportunities to get involved in our busy events programme. Key Dates: • Applications to be received via email by 6pm, 18th May, 2015 • Interviews to be held on Saturday, 23rd May • Start date: Saturday, 30th May Duties include: • Support Gardener – managing medicinal field and plant nursery. • Public engagement - communicating the Phytology project themes to visitors. • Support the Phytology volunteer program. • Maintain good email communication between the Phytology team, reporting any issues as they arise. • Keep a good record log of any/all accidents occurring on site - including staff, local community, or general public. • Oversee the daily opening of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve site – including the maintenance of site wide signs, chalk boards, tools, 1st aid kit, checking site for site wide hazards and litter picking across the whole Reserve. • When possible, help manage and maintain the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve pond – removing duckweed, observing water levels and litter picking from the water. • Advise visitors on how to best harvest and use medicinal plants for personal usage. The Intern will be expected to know a minimum of x5 plants species in great detail. We will provide training for this aspect of the job description. • Manage the Phytology library and archive. The Garden Intern will be employed by Nomad Ltd and report to the Head Gardener on a weekly basis. The daily rate for the Phytology Gardner Internship is £60.00 per day.

Please email your CV and short cover letter to

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