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Biodiversity Conservation Network Manager, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Permanent, full-time post based in Edinburgh. Salary range £29,759 to £36,862 (This appointment will be at either RBGE Band D or Band E scale, depending on the candidates experience)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a leading international scientific botanic garden working with partners in more than 35 countries. We have an exciting opportunity for a biodiversity scientist to join our vibrant research team on a permanent basis. This post is focused on a leadership role in two international biodiversity conservation networks: the World Flora Online, and the Global Conservation Consortium for Rhododendron.

This new position will be at the centre of two emerging, complementary consortia directly addressing CBD’s 2020 targets under the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. RBGE is a founder member and has played a prominent role in shaping the development of the World Flora Online (www.worldfloraonline.org). Part of the responsibility of this new post will be the management of the Taxonomic Expert Networks contributing data to WFO, and facilitating the development of RBGE’s WFO datasets. The other part of this post will focus on the management of the new Global Conservation Consortium for Rhododendron, for which RBGE has the lead role, in partnership with Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

We are seeking applications from highly motivated postgraduate systematic botanists with relevant expertise and experience in plant taxonomy, botanical nomenclature, data management tools, and international collaborations. A PhD or equivalent experience and knowledge would be desirable but is not essential. This post also requires significant experience in working with living collections, an excellent understanding of botanic gardens, IUCN conservation assessments, and the taxonomy and nomenclature of cultivated plants.

Please click here (https://www.rbge.org.uk/about-us/working-with-us/vacancies) to download a full job description and person specification

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Mark Watson (Head of Major Floras; mwatson@rbge.org.uk)

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience they could bring to the post, to recruitment@rbge.org.uk, along with a completed equal opportunities questionnaire by 12 noon (GMT) Friday, 17 May 2019.

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