[Job] Kew, Collecting Guide Compiler, ??22k clos 1 August 2011

You could be based in the legume section… 


Collecting Guide Compiler


HOURS OF WORK:   Full Time, 36 hours (net)

JOB STATUS:   3 Year Fixed Term Contract


DEPARTMENT AND LOCATION: Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives, Kew


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction that shows the importance of plants in all our lives.  Kew???s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life. Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) partnership is the largest ex situ plant conservation project in the world. Our focus is on global plant life faced with the threat of extinction and plants of most use for the future. 

The Millennium Seed Bank is embarking on a new 10 year project with the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT). This is an ambitious project to collect seed of ca. 500 taxa for priority conservation and use by the MSB and its partners in the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change Project (Crop Wild Relatives Project).

This is a great opportunity to be part of a dedicated team, providing essential conservation information, and your role will involve producing guides for collecting seed from species targeted for long-term seed conservation.  You will be based at the Herbarium in Kew, within the Legume Section, and guidance & support will be provided from the Crop Wild Relatives Project Co-ordinator based at RBG Kew, Wakehurst Place. Specific duties will include:

  • taking responsibility for digitising, standardising and geo-referencing herbarium specimen data on crop wild relatives from a number of UK and other herbaria

  • compiling taxon level data on the targeted species, such as plant descriptions, distribution and habitat notes

  • compiling the specimen and taxon level data into country or taxon based collection guides                                                            

  • hosting, and working with researchers, external visitors and colleagues, to achieve results.

You will need a BSc, BA (or equivalent) in Botany, Ecology, Conservation, or related discipline, together with practical experience of databasing, including the application of data standards and the manipulation of data.

A good understanding of the preparation of data synthesis products is also essential, as are excellent communication, analytical and Microsoft Office skills.

Salary is ??22,056 per annum and benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.


CLOSING DATE: 12 noon, Monday 1st August 2011.


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. Selection is on merit alone.

How To Apply

1. Download and read the information below.

2. Complete an application form:

3. Return your application ideally by email to jobs@kew.org or by post to: HR Recruitment, 47 Kew Green, Kew, Surrey. TW9 3AB

We will only contact those candidates selected for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, you should presume that you will not be called for interview.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to call the recruitment team on 020 8332 5150 (24hr) or 020 8332 3135 (office hours).


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