Species Conservation Assessor x2

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Richmond, Surrey
£21,527 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 22nd September 2019   6 days left

Species Conservation Assessor x 2
£21,527 per annum
Full time
Fixed term contract to end of March 2020
Kew Gardens, Richmond

We are seeking two self-motivated and well-organised biologists to lead on collating data on selected plant species for future conservation assessments and analysis.

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. 

As part of a five-year collaboration with Toyota and IUCN, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has established a Plant Assessment Unit (PAU), where dedicated staff provide a focal point for Kew’s scientists working on conservation assessments. Addressing the need to accelerate the assessment of species in tropical regions, the team support the preparation and publication of extinction risk assessments on the Red List.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to our assessment work, focussing particularly on groups such as Myrcia, a Neotropical genus of trees and shrubs which forms an important component of the diversity in some of Brazil's most threatened habitats, or tree species endemic to West Africa, a biodiverse area threatened by logging and mining. The essential information gathered by the post holder will form the basis for our conservation assessments of these species.

There are two five month fixed-term Species Conservation Researcher roles available, starting on 28 October 2019. We are open to applicants for both full-time and part-time working to fill these posts. Please state in the application form whether you would like to be full time or part time, and if part time which days you would like to work.

We are aiming to hold interviews on 30 September and 1 October 2019.

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.

If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.

Closing Date: 22/09/2019

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.

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