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Prospect Research Executive

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
London (Central), London (Greater)
£32,000 per annum depending on experience
Closing date
26 Nov 2021

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Prospect Research Executive 

£32,000 per annum depending on experience

Vincent Square, Victoria, London. 

(Some home working may be considered)

35 Hours per week

To work for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is to join a thriving charity, whose mission is to inspire everyone to grow. Everything we do is built on the transformational power of gardening – and the benefits it brings to people, places and our planet.

Known globally for our inspirational Shows and five spectacular Gardens, our work extends to leading ground-breaking climate research, running community outreach programmes, and setting the standards in horticultural education. With the recent opening of RHS Garden Bridgewater and Hilltop, the world’s first dedicated Centre for Gardening Science, at RHS Garden Wisley, there has never been a more exciting time to be part of our journey to make the UK a greener, and more beautiful place.

And we couldn’t do this without our people. We’re proud of the knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas that each one of our team members brings. From working across our social media channels, to volunteering in the Gardens, from serving customers in our Garden Centres to running national marketing campaigns, we believe that every member of the RHS team should have the opportunity to make a difference.

The RHS provides a number of great benefits for employees including:

  • Free parking for staff working at one of the five gardens
  • Free access to all RHS Gardens and Flower Shows
  • 20% discount on all RHS Retail
  • Discounted food and drink from the catering outlets at the gardens
  • Employee discounts at high street retailer and cash back scheme
  • 25 days’ holiday (increasing to 28 and 30 with service)
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Pension with employers’ contribution, which increases with length of service
  • Employee Assistance Programme for staff and immediate family
  • Monthly Garden magazine and access to gardening advice
  • Sponsorship for external studies


We are looking to recruit a Prospect Research Executive to join our supportive and friendly team. The Prospect Research Executive will report into the Philanthropy Manager in the dynamic Fundraising team and will play an important part in building philanthropy at RHS, providing research to support fundraisers to make informed decisions to engage, cultivate and solicit gifts from prospects and peer to peer networks. 

The RHS already has an enviable network of contacts supporting our work but we need to expand our network of trusts and major donors to help fund our ambitious targets. You will provide insights into new areas of prospecting to continually replenish the prospect pipeline with high capacity prospects to meet current and future income targets.

In this role you will be providing research into both trusts and individuals, producing donor profiles, reports and biographies, allowing fundraisers to make informed choices and maximise opportunities on a variety of fundraising activities.

You will have a strong understanding of fundraising, together with experience of researching high net worth individuals, company directors, and or family trust and foundations boards and the ability to use a CRM database, along with a genuine desire to help us access some of the biggest funding sources available.

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

The RHS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all personnel to share in this commitment.  We are an inclusive employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

All applications should be received by 5pm Friday 12 November 2021 with first round interviews taking place at Vincent Square the week of 29 November.


The Royal Horticultural Society is the world’s premier gardening charity, dedicated to promoting the love of gardening and excellence in horticulture. As a charity, the RHS reaches a wide range of audiences by providing information, advice, ideas and inspiration; at our shows and gardens, in our publications and online, and through our work in the community

Find Us
0207 821 3197
80 Vincent Square
United Kingdom
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