Placemaking and Interpretation Coordinator

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
VIC - Metro
Closing Date
Mon, 18th January 2021
Position Type
Full Time
$71,193 - $78,819
VIC - Metro

About the Role 

The Placemaking and Interpretation Coordinator supports the successful delivery of creative, innovative and impactful interpretation and storytelling of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s people, place, plants, science and collections. Leveraging the knowledge and insights of RBGV colleagues, creative consultants and other partners, the role contributes to the delivery of exceptional encounters for the general public. This is achieved through a range of methods including site-based signage, digital, audio and visual media, tour content, live activities as well as emerging technologies broadly.

About the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) is one of the world's leading botanic gardens and a centre of excellence for horticulture, science, public engagement, inclusion and learning. 

At RBGV, our mission is to safeguard plants and plant knowledge for the wellbeing of people and the planet. We play a meaningful role in people's everyday lives, offering extraordinary opportunities to engage with nature for mental, physical, social and community wellbeing. Our interpretation, research programs and living landscapes support visitors of all to ages to understand their role in protecting Victoria's vital and fragile biodiversity and in creating a sustainable future for all.

The organisation operates from two locations, the formally gazetted Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Melbourne Observatory – located centrally between the Shrine of Remembrance and the Yarra River - and Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne which includes over 380 hectares of indigenous remnant vegetation within the City of Casey. RBGV also has stewardship for the National Herbarium of Victoria, Victorian Conservation Seedbank and State Botanical Collection, an irreplaceable state asset and the ‘ark’ for Victoria’s flora. 

The Traditional Owners of the lands upon which we work and learn are the peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future, and acknowledge traditional wisdom in plant, land and water management of this precious country for over 40000 years.


The Division

The Engagement and Impact Division is responsible for curating the visitor experience at RBGV, demonstrating the impact of the organisation and generating revenue for RBGV.  Its work positions RBGV to deliver effectively upon its public purpose mandate for cultural, educational, scientific, economic and tourism benefit for the state of Victoria and demonstrates our mission of safeguarding plants for the wellbeing of people and the planet. 

The Branch

The Programming and Audience Development team is responsible for curating and delivering a year-round program of creative, cultural and wellbeing events, learning and participation programs and interpretation and placemaking projects All programs are designed to be engaging, respectful, challenging and relevant to audiences and to encourage a deep connection with nature, culture and science in new and different ways. They are informed by principles of program vibrancy, social inclusion and respect for the knowledge systems of the peoples of the Kulin Nation.  

Key accountabilities

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and delivery of engaging multi-dimensional interpretive experiences of RBGV’s collections, sites and stories through innovative placemaking and interpretation approaches of various scales and complexity.
  • Support the Creative Producer to assess and determine audience needs and requirements to inform design, quality and relevance of interpretation projects including the use of text, art, digital, audio and visual media and programmed live activities.
  • Support the ongoing review of existing interpretation and the planning, development, and delivery of interpretation, signage and wayfinding frameworks.
  • Research, recommend and coordinate a range of consultants, contractors and partners for project specific interpretation and placemaking activities
  • Contribute to the preparation of creative briefs and background materials for consultants, and coordinate contracting process
  • Assist in assessing and evaluating the impact of the Placemaking and Interpretation team’s projects
  • Contribute effectively to timely planning, reporting and monitoring processes, including budgets and provide administrative support as required
  • Comply with regulations and standards including the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct and RBGV policies and procedures
  • Work as a collaborative and creative member of the team, developing positive and professional staff and stakeholder relationships to achieve organisational priorities

Key selection criteria

Education / Qualifications / Specialist training

  • Relevant industry or tertiary qualification in communications, curatorial, interpretation or relevant studies and/or demonstrated relevant experience

Experience / Knowledge

  • Two+ years’ experience in delivery of interpretive, storytelling and place-based experiences in a range of settings and for diverse audiences
  • Sound understanding of how storytelling, science, media, arts, place and participation align to generate innovative and impactful visitor experiences
  • Good general knowledge of digital production processes
  • Sound understanding of cultural/social issues in relation to access, disability, wayfinding and cultural diversity
  • Current knowledge of the culture, heritage or tourism sector is desirable
  • Knowledge of plants, sustainability, conservation, humanities or culture is desirable

Skills & attributes

  • Strong project coordination and administrative skills, including the ability to develop and monitor budgets and manage a range of internal and external relationships
  • Excellent copywriting and content creation skills, with an ability to generate fresh ideas for projects
  • Ability to interpret scientific and cultural concepts for diverse audiences
  • Excellent digital proficiency
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving capability
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative

To apply for this role, please visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s website at or by 18 January 2021.

Enquiries can be directed by email to Sally McPhee, Creative Producer, Placemaking & Interpretation at

To be considered for this position you must submit a recent resume along with a document responding to each of the Key Selection Criteria as stated in the position description.

Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a proudly child safe organisation. We require all applicants to complete our Child Safety Program as a condition of continued employment.


Contact Person: Sally McPhee, Creative Producer, Placemaking & Interpretation



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