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Kew is the world’s leading botanic gardens, at the forefront of plant and fungal science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major visitor attraction.
We want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved – because our lives depend on them.
We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone.
We’re looking for a pro-active and talented Digital Communications Officer to join our Office of the Science Directorate team.
This position is instrumental in delivering one of the three strategic priorities outlined in Kew’s Science Strategy (2015-2020): To disseminate our scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximising its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management.
On joining the Office of the Science Directorate, you will play a pivotal role in delivering high quality science-based content for kew.org, suitable for a number of specialist and non-specialist audiences. This will include writing, editing and coordinating digital content through a variety of channels. You will also work closely with Kew’s Digital Experience team, supporting a coherent and coordinated approach to Kew’s digital content strategy.
As part of a small team, and managing a member of staff, you will balance the day-to-day needs of content delivery and management with the longer-term digital strategic objectives. You will work across Kew’s Science Directorate to support and promote the work of the 300+ Kew scientists. This will include managing video, photography and written content, developing new web pages and keeping current content up-to-date. You will also be responsible for using appropriate digital resources and techniques to promote kew.org, which will enhance Kew’s reputation as a scientific institution and promote Kew Science to the widest possible audience.
The successful candidate will have extensive experience in planning, creating, commissioning, editing and publishing content for the communication of science across a range of digital media. Qualified at least to degree level in one of the biological sciences (or related scientific disciplines) the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong communication and team working skills with experience of working in a scientific environment. The candidate would also be expected to demonstrate an ability to plan and manage their work autonomously with a track record of delivering results.
The salary will be £30,225 – £36,040 per annum, depending on skills and experience.
We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.