Job Opportunities

Job title: Summer Internships at the RBG Kew Herbarium


HOURS OF WORK: Full-time 36 hour weeks

JOB STATUS: Internship- 6 weeks

SALARY PER ANNUM: Voluntary (reimbursed travel costs of up to £8 per day)

DIRECTORATE: Herbarium Library, Art & Archives

LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


The Herbarium at Kew, one of the largest of its kind, was founded in 1853 and houses 7 million dried and mounted plant specimens from almost every geographical region of the world.  It plays a vital role in providing training in areas such as plant identification techniques, taxonomic nomenclature and conservation.  It also acts as a centre for information exchange and a channel for networking between plant specialists, students and researchers in other related areas of study from around the world.

In 2010, we opened our new herbarium and library extension.  As a result we have more space to expand and to re-organise our collections.  Kew is currently arranged according to the original system established by the great botanists Bentham and Hooker in the nineteenth century.  Since then DNA studies have revolutionised our understanding of evolution and relationships in the plant world.  This is an exciting opportunity to bring Kew’s collections up-to-date with the latest scientific thinking: the first shake-up of our specimens in almost 150 years!

We are currently two thirds of the way through this mammoth task. We are offering six internships this summer to help with this momentous and historical project.  The positions are full-time, but are voluntary. RBG Kew can offer reimbursement for travel costs up to £8 per day. Primarily this project will involve moving specimens within the herbarium, re-classification of the collections and some curation work. In return we offer a series of lectures and plant identification ‘sorts’ to gain some practical knowledge and understand how this relates to the work in the herbarium.  You will get the chance to work with specialists in plant taxonomy and conservation and build relationships for the future.

CLOSING DATE: 27 May 2013


How To Apply

If you are interested please send a covering letter and CV to Amélia Baracat, RBG Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, Tel: 020 8332 5718 or email by 27 May 2013. The internship programme will run from 8 July to 24 August 2013.

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.