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Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens, Richmond, Wakehurst, West Sussex
£27,000 - £30,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience
Closing date
28 Sep 2021
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It’s an exciting time to be joining the Estates & Facilities department at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew & Wakehurst. We have completed a significant restructure of the department following the insourcing of the estates function, this has created new opportunities to become part of a developing team and work with a diverse team of experts in one of the world’s leading Botanic Gardens.

Do you have significant knowledge and experience working as Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) within an Estates and Facilities setting, and enjoy a fast-paced working environment within a progressive team?  If so, this role could be for you…

We are looking for a dynamic person with a can-do attitude to join our Estates and Facilities Team.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi. 

The position of Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) within the Estates & Facilities Department is to support our existing capability and follow through on any repair requests from our stakeholders.

Our successful candidate will assist the Maintenance Manager in the delivery of planned preventative maintenance and reactive maintenance across both sites, ensuring all buildings and infrastructure are maintained to a high standard - for example, the care and protection of our collections.  Another key objective will be responding to work requests in a timely manner.

You will be a fully qualified mechanical engineer, ideally with a time served apprenticeship, and maintenance experience who has worked in large commercial buildings. The role will involve working on ladders, using various equipment to access heights and will require some heavy lifting.

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.

Closing Date: 28/09/2021

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

No agencies please.


Our mission is to unlock the potential of plants and fungi, through the power of scientific discovery and research.

We are fighting for a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and protected.

At the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, we harness the power of our science, and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to unearth why plants and fungi matter to everyone.

The need has never been greater.

Biodiversity loss, climate change, rapidly-spreading pests and diseases combined with a soaring human population and fragile food security are negatively impacting communities around the world.

Plants and fungi hold the key to solving some of these challenges. Whether as medicines, food, materials or fundamental members of ecosystems, they harbour secrets that could benefit us all.

We employ people like you to conduct cutting-edge research, stimulate curiosity and debate, cultivate our two beautiful gardens and work with the public to encourage a life-long love of plants. We currently employ around 1000 staff and work with around 800 volunteers to achieve our goals


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