Crop Wild Relatives Project Officer

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Wakehurst, West Sussex
£30,981 pa, pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 24th February 2019   3 days left


Crop Wild Relatives Project Officer (18 hours/week, FTC, Wakehurst, West Sussex)

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. Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank holds the world’s largest collection of high-quality seed material of wild plant species.

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.

The “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” project is a ten-year project, running until 2020, supported by the Government of Norway.

It focuses on the collection, conservation and preparation of crop wild relatives (CWR).

Co-managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust and Kew, Kew’s role in this project is to organise the collection of seeds from priority CWR currently under-represented in existing gene bank collections; produce collecting guides to aid partners in the field, to provide technical support including training to collecting partners; and to provide samples of material for research and pre-breeding to partners.

Based at Wakehurst, home of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, you will support the project in a diverse role.

You will help coordinate the project in its critical last year and assist in end of project reporting and data analysis. Critically in terms of Kew’s Science Collections Strategy, you will help to identify and develop new opportunities for conservation and research collaborations in the fields of crop wild relatives, food security and related disciplines.

Salary will be £30,981 per annum, pro rata. 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: 24 February 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.

Please note that you will need to have the legal Right to Work in the UK before applying as we are not able to offer visa sponsorship for this role.


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