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Job title: Crop Wild Relatives Communications Assistant


REF: 1423

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: External & Internal Candidates can apply

HOURS OF WORK: Full Time (36 hours net)

JOB STATUS: Six months Casual Appointment

SALARY PER ANNUM: £22,056 per annum

DIRECTORATE: Seed Conservation Department (SCD)

LOCATION: Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex.


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (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 holds the largest collection of high quality seed material of wild plant species.

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 provide technical support in seed viability and seed longevity; to organise the collection of seeds from priority CWR currently under-represented in existing gene bank collections; and to provide samples of material for research and pre-breeding by partners.

Based at Wakehurst Place, home of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, you will support in the communication of the “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” project to a wide audience.  You will contribute new and interesting material to the project and Kew websites, compile accessible background information and prepare compelling species profiles for the PR and Digital Media teams.


With knowledge and practical experience of seed banking and ability to assess, extract and verify biological or botanical information from a variety of sources, you will have a passion for communicating science to a non-specialist audience, including media and visitors to Kew’s website.  You will have the ability to write concisely and accurately to a high standard of English, and to tight deadlines, and excellent oral communication skills. The ability to undertake travel inside and outside of the UK is essential.

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.

For full details of the job purpose, accountabilities and essential education, skills and experience for this role please view the Job Profile document.

CLOSING DATE: 16 May 2013 at 10 am


How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

2. Complete an Application Form (including the 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.


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.