Horticultural Assistant Producer - Gardeners' World & Flower Shows - Talent Pool


  • Bristol and Remote  
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    perm, remote, temp to perm  
  • Company
    Start date
    Fixed-term contract / Attachment - February - October 2023  
  • Closing date
    2 December 2022  
    Posted on
    21 November 2022  

BBC Gardeners’ World, the UK’s best loved and most respected gardening TV programme, is looking for new Assistant Producers to become part of a pool from which individuals will be appointed to work on the forthcoming series from February 2023 onwards, as vacancies arise. 
It is a flagship BBC Two series that attracts over 2 million viewers each week from spring through to autumn. The programme is about to celebrate its 56th anniversary and forms a key part of BBC Studios’ slate of programmes.

Role Responsibility:

Working closely with the Series Producer, Planning Producer and Producer Director, you will provide specialist horticultural support to the Gardeners’ World team. Normal office hours will generally apply, but a flexible approach is required, subject to the BBC’s policies and guidelines. Duties will vary, but are likely to include the following:

  • Suggest seasonal editorial, manage materials and resolve issues surrounding weekly filming at the main garden location and on VTs.
  • ​Liaise with presenters, both ahead of a shoot and on location.
  • Source plants or props for filming within BBC editorial guidelines, often at short notice.
  • Provide support for the edit, ensuring factual accuracy throughout and tracking down archive from a variety of sources.
  • Ensure that all the necessary paperwork for the whole programme is in place ahead of transmission.
  • Generate and load content onto the website.
  • Help manage Gardeners’ World's social media platforms and be the first point of contact for viewers.
  • ​Generate ideas for VTs, setting them up, attending and seeing them through the edit as and when time allows.
  • Assist at Flower Show events as and when required.
  • ​To carry out all duties in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Horticulturally trained with a relevant qualification and at least 2 years working in TV as a Horticultural Researcher.
  • A passion for horticulture with an excellent working knowledge of plants and all aspects of the gardening calendar.
  • Highly organised and able to continuously generate new ideas for a weekly programme.
  • Proven ability of managing successful relationships with high profile talent.
  • Experience of sourcing plants and props for filming as specified by the lead presenter.
  • Good team player.
  • Strong storytelling skills and editorial judgement.
  • Experience of managing and preparing for edits, both at the offline and online stage, with a good working knowledge of the BBC archive systems and copyright law.
  • Excellent attention to detail and factual accuracy.
  • Ability to keep accurate records on a shared computer drive for others to refer to.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of working at public events.
  • Extensive experience of setting up VTs at a variety of locations and providing support during and after filming.
  • Clean driving licence.

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us.

We advertise all our roles on Evenbreak, the specialist job board for disabled candidates.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits – We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC:

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Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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