Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Careers and Employment
- Company size1,001 to 5,000
- Revenue£18m to £73m (GBP)
- IndustryNon-profit & NGO
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Scientific Research & Development
Seed Collections Assistant in Haywards Heath
on 5 August 2021
*Millennium Seed Bank *I worked at the Millennium Seed Bank for just over a year as seed processing assistant. I previously studied conservation ecology and have an interest in botany having done my dissertation on a rare plant. I think this really helped me secure the job. The role was centred around processing seeds from around the world ready for storage in underground freezers, we would also test sub samples to check they’re still alive by growing them on agar. It was interesting at first but quickly became very monotonous. However it was an interesting experience but I didn’t see much progression there. Pay was 20k in 2017/18 which wasn’t quite enough but did reflect the level of responsibility in the role. Colleagues were very much older and I didn’t find the social aspect particularly fun. There would be more opportunities at Kew Gardens but jobs are hard to come by.
Assistant Gardener at Kew Gardens in Greater London
on 16 April 2021
A productive and fun place to workI would do general gardening duties such as weeding ,planting ,leaf clearing pruning and mulching also using various machinery. I learnt a great deal from my manager and more experienced gardeners.The work place culture was casual and full as well as professional.Planting tree at Kew was one of the enjoyable parts of the job and returning after I left to see it maturing.
Customer facing department in Kew Gardens
on 30 August 2020
Be part of the bigger pictureI have worked here for about a year and a half, and everyone at Kew is so different in relation to backgrounds, culture, knowledge and experience that it makes every single person there interesting. Everyone is so friendly, we are surrounded by the most beautiful plants in the world, all in once place and you work alongside the heroes who rescue them and you can be part of that by spreading the word in terms of the research and conservation that is done here. Absolutely phenomenal. If you are ready to absorb it, it just doesn't feel like any other job.
Interim Facilties manager in Richmond upon Thames
on 28 January 2020
Lovely place to work, with lovely people.Lovely place to work, with lovely people. It was very busy, but my colleagues were wonderful, really helpful.Top management are all very approachable. It is a very postive working environment.
Curation Internship in London
on 28 October 2018
ExcellentI am currently completing a science-based Curation Internship at Kew Gardens, where I am working for the Identification & Naming departments - Africa Team Monday to Thursday and on Friday I am involved with Mycology work. Now I am databasing fungal vouchers at the Fungarium using Herbtrack (with rotting fungi) and I am carrying out various curation projects at the Herbarium (focusing also on Mozambique TIPAs). I feel that although my degree is already completed my current mycology, chemistry and botany studying skills are also relevant to your needs. My key relevant skills gained through the current Internship include - botany, mycology & herbarium curation, research, databasing using Herbtrak, HerbCat, Brahms & CRIS, data collection, data analysis, mycology lab work and scientific report writing. My main day to day duties are: - Collecting specimen in the field - Using microscopes properly - Preparing wet-mount slides - Keep equipment in a clean and serviceable condition - Recording and interpreting results to present to senior colleagues - Conducting searches on identified topics relevant to the research - Following and ensuring strict safety procedures and safety checks - Auditing family indexes in the Herbarium - Curation of specimens collected in Mozambique - bar-coding, labeling, databasing (BRAHMS) - Databasing fungal vouchers at the Fungarium - (Herbtrack) - Photographing specimen, cataloging, use of Digifolia - Preparation for mounting plants
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