Natural Capital Research Fellow (Wakehurst, West Sussex)

Royal Botanic Gardens (KEW)
Wakehurst, United Kingdom
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We’re looking for a dynamic research scientist to lead an interdisciplinary project creating natural capital asset and risk registers for Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden.

They will be coupled with research on key ecosystem services; carbon sequestration, hydrology, air quality, pollination service distribution and human wellbeing.

The project will be defined by rigorous research, innovative public engagement and development of metrics and methodologies of value to policy-makers: demonstrating the benefit of well-managed land to the surrounding catchment, local populations and peers.

Hours of work
Full time

Contract Type
Fixed Term (FTA)

Contract end date
3 years

£32,931 per annum


Wakehurst, West Sussex

Closing Date


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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world-famous centre for botanical and mycological knowledge. Our two inspiring gardens enchant our visitors with the wonder of the world’s plant diversity; and we reach beyond our garden walls to excite and educate individuals and communities. We aim to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge, building an understanding of the world’s plants and fungi upon which all our lives depend. 

Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden: a dynamic 211 Ha (535 acre) site interwoven with designed and wild landscapes of exceptional quality, from mannered horticulture to the dramatic exotic collections and extensive nature reserves. Established by RBG Kew as its new temperate plant collection in 1965, over 50 years of high-quality land management has fostered favourable habitats, notable biodiversity and an internationally significant living plant collection.

Educated to doctoral level, you will be proficient in ecological modelling approaches and remotely sensed data capture and analysis to model these ecosystem services, with experience of public engagement in a science context.

You will have a track record involving multidisciplinary working, forming productive internal and external partnerships. Your communication and outreach skills will form effective external partnerships with regional conservation partners and external specialists such as economists and social scientists, and develop data streams from citizen science, engaging Wakehurst’s members and wider audiences.

The salary will be £32,931 per annum. 

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.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application through the online portal, by clicking “Apply for this job”.

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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