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Library Graduate Trainee

Library Graduate Trainee (2 posts)

HOURS OF WORK: full time (36 hours per week net)

JOB STATUS: Casual- 51 weeks from September 2014


Directorate/Department: Public Programmes / LAA


Ref: 263/6269

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 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has one of the world’s foremost plant science libraries, with a wide range of botanical books, journals and original illustrations, consulted by both staff and external researchers. Based in Kew’s Main Library, the Library Graduate Traineeships are open to graduates (and those intending to graduate in 2014), who wish to take up a career in librarianship and library management. The roles will provide the library management and cataloguing experience needed by graduates embarking on a professional librarianship qualification. 

Over the course of the year, the trainees will catalogue new acquisitions, staff the Enquiry Desk, maintain library usage statistics and undertake project work with the Library, Art and Archives collections. Candidates should have: a degree in a relevant subject, the intention to do a professional library qualification, experience in dealing with the public and ideally of working in a library, the ability to work independently and plan your own time, excellent written, oral communication and IT skills, and attention to detail.

Closing date: 14th July at 10 am

How to apply

Download and read the job profile and then fill in the application form and the equality diversity questionnaire. 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 are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

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