Library Graduate Trainee Kew Gardens 2024

DEADLINE 14th April 2024
Kew Gardens
£26,100 per annum (pro rata)

Based in Kew’s Main Library, the Library Graduate Traineeship provides the library management and cataloguing experience needed by graduates embarking on a professional librarianship qualification. 

Over the course of the two years, the trainee will catalogue new acquisitions, staff the Enquiry Desk, compile library usage statistics, undertake project work with the library and art collections, assist in the maintenance of the collections and promote the library via social media.

What we're looking for

This position is designed to enable the successful candidate to go on to a future postgraduate course in librarianship or information science, therefore the candidate should be planning to start this course after, or possibly by long-distance study during, the graduate traineeship.

  • Candidates must have a good relevant degree, 2:1 and above or equivalent.
  • Candidates should not be already professionally qualified.
  • Candidate should not have already undertaken a Graduate Traineeship, an equivalent trainee year, or have more than one year’s full-time library experience.
  • Candidates should have some experience of working or volunteering in a library.

Whilst a biological science background is desirable, it is not essential and other subjects are acceptable, e.g. history, English literature, art history, etc.

Interviews to be held in early May.

About us

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is a leading plant science institute, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and major visitor attraction. Our mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

We are working to end the unprecedented extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. We will achieve these goals by drawing on our leading scientific research, unrivalled collections of plants and fungi, global network of partners, inspirational gardens at Kew and Wakehurst, and our 260 years of history.

Join us on our journey as protectors of the world’s plants and fungi.

What we offer

The salary will be £26,100 per annum (pro rata).

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 submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”.

We are dedicated to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to interview disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

DEADLINE 14th April 2024