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Horticultural Researcher

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The Horticultural Researcher will work as part of the production team on BBC Popular Factual gardening output.

They will provide specialist horticultural support by undertaking independent research intoany subject or relevant issue; evaluating information and presenting the material in anappropriate and timely form to the producers, directors and other programme staff. They willassist in assembling and processing programme material, including scripts and off line

editing. They will also work with presenters and contributors both in the office and on locationfor filming and recces and assist in any other general programme duties as required.

Production work can involve long and unpredictable work patterns and there are pressurescaused by tight schedules. Normal office hours will generally apply however, a flexibleapproach to working time is required, subject to the BBCs policies and guidelines.

The Horticultural Researcher will report to the Series Producer, Producer and Director onspecific gardening content.

Role Responsibility

To support the Gardeners' World production team in the officeand on location, dutieswill vary depending on the nature of the output and will include:

  • Undertake horticultural research to a broad or specific brief using all sources of reference available both internal and external; suggesting strong stories and offer creative and compelling ways of presenting research material within the programme
  • Providing expert horticultural advice to the programme team
  • Identifying locations for filming and liaising with contributors and organisations
  • Identifying and selecting stock shots and film clips and making a preliminary selection of suitable material and music
  • As required, to view archive material, select relevant sections and arrange viewing facilities for the producer
  • Contribute ideas for new series and programmes.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Horticulturally trained with an excellent knowledge of all aspects of planting and plant history, as well as a detailed knowledge of the gardening calendar
  • Good research skills, able to assess information to provide accurate and engaging summaries of research
  • Good communication skills and the ability to establish positive working relations with a wide range of contacts
  • Good planning and organisational skills.
  • An interest in making engaging and compelling television
  • A demonstrable interest in TV production and gardening programmes and in particular the current gardening audience and the BBC gardening output.
  • An understanding and ability to handle confidential information with tact and sensitivity.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, an interest in TV production and a desire to learn and develop knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrates some understanding of the BBCs editorial guidelines

Package Description

Job Title: Horticultural Researcher

Division: Unscripted Bristol

Grade: 5

Start date: Jan/Feb - Oct 2018 (subject to greenlight)

Please note interviews will be held 19th, 20th or 21st December.

About the Company

We dont focus simply on what we do we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure youve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. Youll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Therefore, successful applicants may need to be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.

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