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Useful Plants Project Officer - Kew

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Organisation: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex.
Category: Jobs in Botanic Gardens
Title: Useful Plants Project Officer
Job: REF: 1373

HOURS OF WORK: Full Time (36 hours net)

JOB STATUS: 2 Year Fixed Term Appointment


LOCATION: Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex.



You will help deliver RBG Kew’s mission by supporting the development and implementation of the SCD’s partnerships, projects and networks with a particular emphasis on delivering plant conservation, sustainable utilisation of plant resources, and the improvement of livelihoods.

You will assist the management team of “Project MGU” (Useful Plants Project), supported by a philanthropist based in Spain (MGU), to deliver the second phase of the project and support its expansion to new countries. You will help by preparing and reporting on project meetings, including those held during visits to partner countries, as well as compiling reports for the donor or other sources of funds.

Your overall responsibility will be to compile and manage the information and data produced through the project and received by the partners, including species lists and the Useful Plants Project Database. You will also support the production of dissemination and promotional material including project WebPages, species technical information sheets, leaflets and project book.

In addition, you will provide specific support for project implementation and development activities with communities in country, which include community workshops, seed collecting, plant propagation and planting, income generation and dissemination material activities.


You will have a BA or BSc (or equivalent) in botany, conservation biology or a closely related discipline, and a significant knowledge of and experience in assisting with project co-ordination or management across a multi-country technical network and working with partners either in Africa or Latin America. You will have a thorough understanding of plant conservation, biodiversity and sustainable use issues, strong team-working skills and be customer focused. You will be able to communicate in English and French fluently, including to prepare clear, concise reports and working procedure documents. Practical experience of using databases and/or GIS in conservation or a similar discipline will be an advantage.

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.
For full details of the job purpose, accountabilities and essential education, skills and experience for this role please view the Job Profile document

Closing Date: 20 April 2012


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