Outreach Officer – Plant and Fungal Trees of Life Project - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Part time, 14.4 hours per week
Fixed term (FTA) for 3 years
You will join Kew’s science staff as an Outreach Officer, conducting outreach, science communication and citizen science work within the Discovering the Fungal Tree of Life (PAFTOL) project.
You will be part of the Comparative Fungal Biology team (part of the Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology department) that works closely with the other mycology teams at Kew to research the systematics, ecology and evolution of fungi. Research ranges from baseline diversity studies in biodiversity hotspots through to reconstructing the Fungal Tree of Life, with a special emphasis on evolution and ecology of lifestyles and symbiotic interactions.
You will develop an education and citizen science outreach plan for the PAFTOL fungi project (Discovering the Fungal Tree of Life). Tasks include liaising with the community of field mycologists in order to consolidate a network of field collaborators and secure presence in all relevant scientific societies and Science in the Gardens events. You will be in charge of the development of a pipeline to gather fresh specimens collected by the amateur community, including management and databasing of metadata, and specimen curation in tandem with Kew Collections. The outreach officer will organise surveys with the community and will engage in training events. The role will engage with Science communication team at Kew to develop an outreach program specific to this project.
You will be an early career scientist or science communicator with a BSc or MSc. You will have a proven aptitude for training and communication and excellent writing and oral skills. You will be an enthusiastic team player who is ready to engage in the PAFTOL project and work in collaboration with multiple researchers at Kew.
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 as access to our own beautiful gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.
If you are interested in this position, please visit our website for more information and to apply.
Closing Date: 19/01/2020
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.
No agencies please.
Please note that applicants must already have the Right to Work in the UK as we will be unable to offer sponsorship for this position.
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