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Job title: Seed Processing Assistant


REF: 3094, 3127


ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: Internal & External candidates can apply

HOURS OF WORK: Full time (36 hours net)

JOB STATUS: Permanent

SALARY PER ANNUM: 17,729 (Band B)


LOCATION: Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex


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. 

Based at the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, the work of the Conservation and Technology Section is key in the curatorial activities of the MSB Partnership. You will help RBG Kew to deliver its mission by carrying out cleaning, processing, banking, viability testing and distribution of seed collections held at the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB).

You will also input and check data on the Seed Bank Database, deliver training to partners and other visitors in support of the MSB Partnership technology transfer programme, provide technical support to partners for the curation of in-country collections and assist the Kew Innovation Unit consultancies and other income generation projects as required.

With experience of working constructively as part of a team and excellent written and oral communication skills, you will have the ability to plan and organise work against agreed targets. You will be adaptable and able to deal with changing priorities. Previous experience of working in a science laboratory environment in a support role would be an advantage but is not essential.

Salary is £17, 729 per annum depending on skills and experience and benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.

CLOSING DATE: 13 June 2013 at 10am


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.