Job Opportunities

Job title: Digitisation Officer


REF: 1322


HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours net per week

JOB STATUS: Casual- 51 weeks

SALARY PER ANNUM: £17, 729 (Band B)




The Royal Botanic Gardens, 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.

The Library, Art & Archives department is responsible for organising and managing one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of botanical literature, art and Kew’s own archives and modern records, which form an unparalleled resource for a large and increasingly diverse global user community. Working with the Directors' Correspondence collection, the Digitisation Officer will enter details of the archival material into an Access database, image the letters and produce a summary of their content.

This role will also contribute to Kew LAA blog and @KewDC Twitter accounts in order to promote the project and increase awareness of the Directors' Correspondence collection.  You may occasionally need to demonstrate your work to visitors and potential supporters.

You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to work meticulously with close attention to detail, preferably with knowledge of digital imaging techniques and image manipulation software. You will be able to plan your time effectively and work flexibly within a team environment. Experience of working in the field of natural history or archival collections is desirable and an ability to handle delicate, valuable manuscripts in a careful and responsible manner 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: 28 May at 10am

INTERVIEW DATE: 13 and 14 June 2013

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.