Mediterranean Projects Support Officer
JOB TITLE: Mediterranean Projects Support Officer
HOURS OF WORK: full time (36 hours per week net)
JOB STATUS: Casual contract- 6 months.
SALARY PER ANNUM: £22,056
DEPARTMENT/SECTION: Seed Conservation Department (SCD), Collecting and Network Support
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.
The ambitious targets of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) Strategy and Business case require strong and mutually beneficial partnerships to be developed and supported worldwide. The Mediterranean Basin is one of the key biodiversity areas within the global MSBP network, which comprises over 150 partners in more than 60 countries. The ‘Ensuring the survival of endangered plants in the Mediterranean’ project is a regional seed conservation project in the Mediterranean Basin. Seven project partners work together to safeguard 900 endangered plant species across six Mediterranean islands, to disseminate research on these species to aid conservation and restoration activities and to foster long-term cooperation in the region. The first phase of the project will come to an end in September 2014, and the project partners are currently planning the continuation of their successful seed conservation collaboration in a second project phase, for which new external funds will need to be secured.
The main function of the role is to assist the project co-ordinator of the “Ensuring the survival of endangered plants in the Mediterranean” project in the management of the project during the last project year, including the compilation of the final project report, and in the production of a strong funding application for a second project phase.
You will have an BSc, BA, or equivalent in plant sciences, conservation, ecology or closely related discipline, a sound knowledge and practical experience of seed banking, some knowledge of at least one European national flora, experience of working in a scientific team context with some international/cross-cultural experiences and experience in preparing project proposals/submitting research funding applications.
This post is based at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place.
Closing date: 30th May 2014 at 10am
Interview date: 11th June 2014
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