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Job: Assistant Officer at BGCI

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is seeking to appoint an International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) Assistant Officer to support the delivery of the IPSN project activities.

The post holder will be producing training and survey resources in addition to coordinating IPSN members and partners.

Job Description

BGCI is looking to recruit an Assistant Officer to work as part of the International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN). The IPSN facilitates collaboration amongst institutes around the world, with a focus on linking botanic gardens and arboreta, National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) and plant health scientists. These institutes work together in order to provide an early warning system of new and emerging pest and pathogen risks.

Funded by Defra and with diagnostic support from Fera, the IPSN utilises botanic garden collections for research. The IPSN has various funded projects that it is currently delivering focused on pest and disease surveillance, monitoring, training and awareness raising amongst botanic garden staff.

Under the supervision of the Head of Seed Conservation and Plant Health the Assistant Officer will support the delivery of project activities.

To Apply

Send a covering letter and a CV, stating clearly your motivation for applying and how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification to Liz Smith at liz.smith@bgci.org by 2 August.

Interviews will take place in w/c 9th August

  • Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) Open to part-time negotiation
  • Duration: 1 year fixed appointment (with the potential to extend)
  • Location: BGCI Offices, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, U.K/Remote
  • Remuneration: £20-25,000
  • Start date: September 2021

For full details of the role and the person specification, please visit the BGCI website.


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