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Fungarium Collections Manager

  • Organisation:Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • Location:London, England
  • Salary:£26,500 - £28,912 per annum DOE
  • Contract type:Permanent / Full-Time

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi.

You will have a relevant first degree or equivalent experience, with post graduate experience in collections management, be an excellent communicator with the flexibility to manage your own activities and those of a small team. This role requires attention to detail, a proven ability to follow precise procedures and accurately document and track specimen records through appropriate IT tools. You will contribute towards developing policy in order to attain Museum Accreditation and have an understanding of relevant legislation governing the movement of fungal genetic resources. You will follow best practice to conserve and protect the collections with regards decontamination procedures, pest monitoring, ensuring secure specimen storage and correct handling.

Previous experience of working with a preserved fungal collection and an enthusiasm for collections management will be an advantage.

This role is based at Kew with the option of regular home working, subject to operational requirements.

Our fantastic benefits package includes opportunities for continuous learning, a generous annual leave entitlement, flexible working to help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, an Employee Assistance Programme and other wellbeing support such as cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership. We also offer a competitive pension, an employee discount scheme and free entry into a wide range of national museums and galleries, as well access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”.

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.

Application Closing Date: 30 January 2022

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