How to apply
Find out about the steps involved in applying to be part of the team.
UK or European national
If you are offered a job with us, you will need to provide proof of your legal Right to Work in the UK. This is usually your passport or European ID card.
National of a country outside of the EEA
If you are offered a job with us, you will need to obtain the Right to Work by another route, for example a work visa.
Under some circumstances it may be possible for us to offer sponsorship for a visa; however in many cases, for example for positions where the salary is ower than the UKVI threshold, we will not be able to sponsor a visa and you will need to obtain the Right to Work through another route.
This is in accordance with UK visas and immigration regulations. For more information, see the government guidance.
How to apply: step by step
Choose your role
A list of opportunities can be found within our Careers portal.
To apply, click on the job title of the role to view the advert, and click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button at the bottom of the page.
Register or Login
- If you are a new applicant, you’ll need to register for an account.
If you have previously applied for a job with us, you will need to log in to your account to complete your application. If you have forgotten your password, you can easily reset it by clicking on the forgotten password option; make sure to check your junk mail if you think the link has not arrived.
Fill in your application
You can save your application as you go; you do not have to complete all the sections at once. To revisit your application, you will need to log in to the candidate portal.
You will need to complete all sections of the application form to submit an application.
Please note, to ensure a fair and anonymous application process, we don’t accept CVs or applications by email. All applications must be made online via our portal. You will be able to attach your CV at the end of the application form if you wish.
Relevant skills and abilities
This is the most important section of your application as this where we will look for evidence of the skills we need.
You'll be asked to outline your skills, knowledge and experience in relation to the points in the person specification of the job profile, which is published with each advert.
You should focus on providing evidence and specific examples which demonstrate your suitability for the role. For each point, you should provide an overview of your skills and experience, and then go on to provide direct examples to clearly show how you meet each point.
We value transferrable skills and encourage applicants who do not have direct experience to provide examples from other areas that meet the requirements.
What happens next
When you have submitted your application you will receive an automated email confirmation.
After the vacancy has closed, applications will be shortlisted by the hiring managers (with personal details anonymised). Shortlisting is based on your responses to the criteria on the person specification and how well you meet the requirements of the job.
If your application has been successful the hiring manager will contact you to invite you attend an interview. You may be asked to log in to the portal to choose your preferred interview time. All candidates will be emailed with the outcome of their application once shortlisting has taken place.
If you are offered a role with Kew, we’ll send you an offer letter electronically and information on the next steps.
All offers are conditional based on receipt of satisfactory references and, where applicable, additional pre-employment checks.
Depending on the position you are offered, the checks may include a Basic Disclosure (Disclosure Scotland) or an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Having a previous conviction will not necessarily prevent you from working with us. In accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974), we consider each situation on an individual basis.
Additionally, in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all staff are required to provide documentation to prove their legal rght to work in the UK.
What are you looking for?
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