Horticultural Taxonomist

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Wakehurst, West Sussex
£25,456 pa

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 27th January 2019   6 days left


Kew is the world’s leading botanic gardens, at the forefront of plant and fungal science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction.

We want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved – because our lives depend on them.

We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone.

We're looking for a horticultural taxonomist to join our Landscape and Horticulture at Wakehurst in West Sussex.

You'll carry out taxonomic verifications of the woody plant collections held in the collections at Wakehurst, RBG Kew. This will include all established and young tree plantings.

The team is responsible for cultivating and curating Wakehurst’s important living, scientific and conservation plant collections. Wakehurst living collections aim for high horticultural and taxonomic standards as well as supporting Kew Science by providing living plant material for research and conservation programmes and contribute to visitor enjoyment and education.

In this position you'll assist with the curation of the living collections at Wakehurst by methodically verifying selected families, this may include collecting and incorporating specimens into the herbarium collections where applicable; providing identification information to assist the Horticulture leadership team with collections management, maintenance and planning. As such, you'll need to have excellent identification and horticultural knowledge, as well as honed research skills.

You'll use your strong organisational skills to ensure accurate and up-to-date records are kept on the Living Collections database, working with Plant Records officer and Plant Propagation and Collections manager at Wakehurst, actively labelling the collections following verification and ensuring new labels are requested and attached to all the living collections.

Salary will be £25,456 per annum. We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.

For full details on this role please visit our website.

Closing date: 27 January 2019

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.

No agencies please.


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