1903 - Tanyptera Assistant Entomologist

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Posted: 31/01/2019 09:52
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £21,534
Location: World Museum
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 28/02/2019 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Flexi-time working, Employee Assistance Programme and Travel Loan
Job Type: Fixed Term [F]

Please note we reserve the right to withdraw a vacancy prior to the closing date subject to the number of applications received.

Interviews to be held on 11th or 12th March 2019

Please find attached further information on the World Museum Entomology facilities and the work of the Tanyptera Trust Project, which is based in the Entomology Section.


Payband:   4        

Hours:   37.0

Basis:   3 years Fixed Term (Externally funded by the Tanyptera Trust)


The post holder will be based in the Entomology Section of World Museum and will be managed by the Tanyptera Regional Entomology Project Officer.

They will support the Tanyptera Trust’s objective to:

Support nature conservation and the study and appreciation of biodiversity, with particular regard to the invertebrate fauna of the North-West of England.

Purpose of the Job

To support the Tanyptera Regional Entomology Project Officer in delivering and developing an ambitious programme of invertebrate conservation initiatives in North West England.

To support the museum’s work in advancing, promoting and facilitating regional entomology by using its collections and facilities to bring people and wildlife closer together. 

Main Activities

The post-holder will be an advocate and ambassador for the objectives of the Tanyptera Trust and NML. They will assist the Regional Entomologist by:

  • Helping to organise and run an invertebrate workshop and recording day programme.
  • Organising ‘Entomology Collections Days’ and attending drop-in sessions at other NW venues.
  • Co-ordinating equipment loans.
  • Attending natural science events to give talks and demonstrations.
  • Providing local recorders access to photographic equipment.
  • Assisting with database management.
  • Assisting with the co-ordination and management of contracts and surveys, including management of risk assessments.
  • Compiling written information for the Steering Group.
  • Writing and editing content for the NW Invertebrates Website.
  • Assisting with the management of regional invertebrate conservation projects and publications. 
  • Promoting the work of the Tanyptera Trust and NML to wide-ranging audiences, regionally and nationally through websites, blogs, social media and publications as appropriate.
  • Supporting the work of NML's Entomology Section in helping to develop collections, databases, networks and the library.
  • Assisting with financial planning and placing purchase orders.
  • Participating in wider meetings, symposia and conferences at NML and assisting with their development and delivery.
  • Providing other support as required.

Other Requirements

The post holder will:

  • Supervise staff, students and/or volunteers in association with other NML staff in relation to the Project and the work of the Entomology Section.
  • Maintain a commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Maintain, develop and communicate an appropriate and agreed area of entomological expertise.
  • Be expected to undertake some weekend and evening work to support the Project
  • Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.
  • Manage NML’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures and make a contribution to the continuance of a sound health and safety culture within the department and in relation to Tanyptera Trust funded external projects.
  • Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time.
  • Undertake training and development courses and programmes, as required.
  • Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these duties.

The details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared.  It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change.  Consequently NML will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the Tanyptera Trust and the post holder at the appropriate time.







Educated to degree level or equivalent experience

Postgraduate qualification

Full driving license







Experience of biodiversity conservation management and field survey work

Demonstrable knowledge of and enthusiasm for invertebrates

Experience of work in the charity/not-for-profit sector

An interest in museums and the role of natural science collections

Demonstrable dedication to and interest for protecting the environment and conserving wildlife

Experience of communicating through a range of channels, including online and social media

Experience of raising public awareness of wildlife, including organising public events

Experience of biological recording practice























Knowledge and skills

An understanding of invertebrate biodiversity

An ability to synthesise and present information from a variety of sources

Ability to work as part of team

Excellent verbal communication skills, ability to speak in public to a range of audiences

Competence with IT, understanding of widely used software and ability to work with databases and websites

Excellent organisational, time and project management skills with ability to prioritise and work to deadlines

Ability to think creatively and work on own initiative


























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