Job Opportunities

Job title: Archives Graduate Trainee


REF: 763


HOURS OF WORK: 36 per week net

JOB STATUS: Casual 51 weeks


DIRECTORATE: Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives



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.

We have an opportunity for an Archive Graduate Trainee to join our team at the Library, Art & Archives department. The Archives Team manage the institutional collection of Kew’s historic record of activities, as well as collections and other documents relating to the history of botany and also the organisation of the modern records. The team ensures the provision of access to the information held within these records to the general public, as required by legislation, and also to Kew staff, enabling them to carry out their day to day work.

This vacancy is open to graduates (and those expecting to graduate in 2013) who intend to pursue a career in archives administration or records management. You will be assisting in the curation of the archival and modern records collection and assisting in providing access to and making those collections available.   You must have ability to plan your own time, work independently and use your own initiative. You will also have excellent written and oral communications skills with experience in dealing with the public.

Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 3rd May at 5pm


How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

2. Complete an Application Form and an Equality and Diversity Form.

3. Return your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Form to Please be advised that we do not accept applications by post.  If you have a disability or a special need that requires support please contact us on 020 8332 3135.

Guidance Notes for applicants

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. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on your application if you are not selected for an interview.

If you have any general queries please do not hesitate to call the recruitment team on 020 8332 3135.