The Scientific Communications Specialist (SCS) will play a critical role in driving the development and implementation of a strategic programme of dissemination activities linking knowledge and knowledge-users in Colombia, the UK and more broadly. The SCS will be an active member of the project management group, working closely with project staff to ensure that stakeholders and the public are kept informed of the most critical outputs and outcomes of the project in a manner consistent with the communications strategy. In collaboration with project office staff and Kew’s substantial creative services, publicity, and outreach and communications departments, the SCS will connect with staff and stakeholders in the UK and Colombia by updating social media threads and tracking outreach metrics, working on project web-page style and content, overseeing the production of printed materials, and coalescing stakeholder networking through workshops, festivals and media events, amongst other activities.
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.
As our global population rises, the need to provide science-based solutions to nutritional, health and livelihood challenges will continue to grow. Plants and fungi invariably play an enormous role in sustaining humans and countries with high levels of diversity offer myriad opportunities to foster rural livelihoods, improve business opportunities and contribute to national and global bioeconomic development through the identification and development of new biological products and services.
Colombia, with an estimated 10% of global biodiversity, is well situated to expand its own bio-economy through the sustainable use of its biological resources. In the project "Underutilised Plants and Fungi of Colombia" (UPFC), RBG Kew and its Colombian partners have embarked on an exciting and ambitious effort to generate new information on the country’s vast plant and fungal diversity and combine this with the great legacy of past work to make a comprehensive catalogue of the nation’s plants and fungi and their useful characteristics publicly accessible for the first time.
This 2.5 year anchor project - with generous support from the Newton-Caldas Fund delivered through the British Council and under their Agreement with Colciencias - aims to disseminate the findings and significance of this work through a wide-range of digital and physical media that will support and encourage the development of networks needed to link farmers and traditional knowledge keepers with entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and government decisions-makers in an equitable way through the medium of plant sciences. The opportunity to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable-use economy in Colombia and elsewhere is substantial.
We are now seeking a talented, pro-active communicator with excellent verbal and written skills to join our growing team at Kew. You will be able to confidently interact and communicate project activities and outcomes to a wide range of stakeholders and end-users through digital and physical media and venues.
The successful candidate will also hold at least a BSc/BA in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Industrial Design, Biology, or an allied field and have experience working with digital and traditional published media forms with environmental, biological or botanical content. You will have previously managed or co-ordinated communication platforms within a large collaborative project with varied stakeholders and across multiple organisations, preferably in a science environment, demonstrating both leadership and collaboration within a team setting and an understanding of communication tactics and strategies. Ideally, you will also have some knowledge and experience of Latin America and a working proficiency in Spanish.
The salary will be £26,500 to £31,324 per annum (pro rata), depending on skills and experience.
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.
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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.
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