Job Opportunities

Job title: Digitisation Officers (3 posts)


REF: 1288 - 5095 - 5096

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: Internal - external

HOURS OF WORK: Full-time 36 hours net

JOB STATUS: Casual contract to end March 2014





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.

The Digital Collections Unit is responsible for the creation and curation of data and digital images representing Kew’s world class collections of plant and fungal specimens, making these data widely accessible to researchers and the general public via portals including Kew’s online Herbarium Catalogue, JSTOR Plant Science, GBIF and Europeana.

We have opportunities to join this team where the postholders will be responsible for the digitisation of herbarium specimens, capture of associated data and high resolution imaging of specimens in accordance with Kew’s standards. The postholdesr will be flexibly deployed across various projects including the Global Plants Initiative, working to digitise Kew’s type specimens, and Reflora, focusing on Kew’s Brazilian collections.

You will have a relevant degree or equivalent experience, can demonstrate experience of working with MS Office software, including fast, accurate typing/data capture skills, and have experience of database use and imaging. Some experience of working in a specimen collection environment is also required. Excellent all round communication skills and personal organisation skills are required alongside excellent attention to detail.

For full details of the job purpose, accountabilities and essential education, skills and experience for this role, please view the job description and person specification document online.

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.

CLOSING DATE: 18 September 2013 at 5pm

INTERVIEW DATE: w/c 30 September 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 for applicants (Word)

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.