VACANCY : RESEARCH STATION MANAGER, BELIZE
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>From: Mary Gibby <M.Gibby at nhm.ac.uk> (by way of Carol Gokce
<C.Gokce at nhm.ac.uk>)
>Subject: VACANCY : RESEARCH STATION MANAGER, BELIZE
>The following message is being posted on behalf of Dr Mary Gibby. Requests
>for application forms should be directed to Lisa Knight. (Contact details
>are given below)
>LAS CUEVAS RESEARCH STATION, BELIZE
>RESEARCH STATION MANAGER - BAND 4
>(3 Year Fixed Term Appointment)
>The Natural History Museum invites applications for the above post which is
>available in the Department of Botany. Your completed applications form
>should reach the Museum by 12 July 1997. Selection will be by interview at
>the Museum in July 1997. The post will be available from August 1997.
>MUSEUM MISSION STATEMENT
>"To maintain and develop its collections and use them to promote the
>discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural=
>Originally an integral part of the British Museum housed on the Bloomsbury
>site, The Natural History Museum (NHM) was established in South Kensington
>on the completion of the Waterhouse Building in 1881. It remained part of
>the British Museum until it was given separate status as the British Museum
>(Natural History) and its own Board of Trustees under the British Museum=
>of 1963. The Zoological Museum at Tring was added in 1937 when it was=
>to the nation by the second Baron Rothschild and responsibility was assumed
>for the Geological Museum (GM) from the Natural Environment Research=
>when the latter's British Geological Survey moved to Keyworth in 1985. The
>Museum has a new storage facility at Wandsworth, where part of the
>collections are housed.
>The Natural History Museum is internationally recognised for its dual role
>as a centre of excellence in systematics and mineralogy and as a leading
>exponent in the presentation of natural history to the general public
>through exhibitions. Its objectives are, firstly to discover and make
>available to the scientific community the information contained within its
>collection of natural specimens and secondly, to entertain, interest and
>educate people of all ages in natural history.
>The Museum collections total approximately 68 million items in the care of
>the scientific departments. The Library houses 1,000,000 books and 500,000
>paintings, drawings and prints of which 100,000 are originals, 75,000 maps
>and 10,000 current serial titles. The Museum Library is a major national=
>international bibliographic resource of the life and earth sciences. The
>collection of original drawings is the third largest in the UK after the
>British Museum (Bloomsbury) and the Victoria and Albert Museum collections.
>The Museum as a whole currently employs over 700 staff in twelve
>departments. There are six scientific departments - Zoology, Entomology,
>Botany, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and the Science Directorate.
>LAS CUEVAS RESEARCH STATION=20
>Mission: To discover the effects of natural and human impacts on the
>biological diversity of the Maya Forest and to contribute practical
>knowledge for the sustainable management and utilisation of tropical=
>The Las Cuevas Research Station is a joint initiative between the=
>of Belize and the Natural History Museum, London. The mission will be
>achieved through a long term collaboration between the Forest Department of
>the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Natural History Museum under a
>Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 1992.
>The Research Station is operated and managed by the Department of Botany on
>behalf of all departments of the Museum. It is located in the Chiquibul
>Forest Reserve, an area which is protected for timber production and lies
>within a much larger area of protected forest totalling about half a=
>hectares. The Station itself comprises five main buildings capable of
>supporting about 30 people and has laboratories, radio communications,
>vehicles and electricity. Access is by an all season road. There is also an
>office and house in Santa Elena (c.80 km by road) equipped with a=
>fax and radio. Two members of staff are based permanently at the Research
>The manager of the research is the leading representative of the Museum in
>the close liaison with our partners, the Forest Department and with other
>officials of the Belize Government, with the British High Commission and
>armed forces and with other agencies in Belize.
>The overall purpose of the job is to manage and oversee the Museum=92s
>involvement in Belize, with particular responsibility for the Las Cuevas
>Research Station. The post calls for a very high level of diplomacy and
>skill in representing the Museum. The main tasks and responsibilities will=
>1. Liaison and formal communication with the Government of Belize, under=
>Memorandum of Understanding with the Museum, and with the UK Government
>through the British High Commission and the British Forces.
>2. Overall responsibility for the safe and effective management of the
>research station; including budgeting and reporting.
>3. Financial management of the Las Cuevas Research Station with
>responsibility for budgets, monthly reports and keeping the accounts.
>4. Coordination and day to day supervision of research projects in Belize,
>including long-term projects and student projects of a few months duration.=
>5. Coordination of joint initiatives with University College, Belize and
>other relevant organisations.
>6. Promoting the use of the research station in line with the Business=
>playing a key role in public relations and fund raising.
>7. Implementation of Health and Safety procedures in accordance with the
>Operational Handbook and reporting to the Museum=92s safety committee=
>the Department of Botany.
>8. Undertaking some appropriate research as a contribution to the Museum=92=
>scientific programme in Belize.=20
>The successful candidate will be expected to live in Belize. Accommodation
>is provided at Las Cuevas and in Santa Elena. An annual return flight is
>provided for a required period of annual work at the Museum and to enable
>leave to be taken in the UK.
>QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
>Candidates for the post should have a bachelors degree, or higher
>qualifications, in biology or a related discipline. Experience of=
>research in systematics, ecology or other fields relevant to the Natural
>History Museum is essential.
>Experience of managing people, budgets and facilities is essential and
>candidates should have some experience of working in isolated, tropical
>situations. Experience of working in Belize is seen as a distinct=
>A high level of tact and diplomacy are required in this key position. =
>is a challenging and complex, but very rewarding, role that requires a
>highly experienced and motivated individual.
>Starting salary will depend upon qualifications and experience, but will be
>in the range of =A320,604 - =A332,966.
>An annual return, economy air fare from Belize to London will be provided=
>enable leave in the UK and for the required period of work at the Museum
>each year. The post carries an annual leave allowance of 22 days, rising=
>25 days after 1 year=92s service. In addition, you will be entitled to=
>Holidays in Belize.
>On first appointment a member of staff is required to serve a period of
>probation of one year. The purpose is to provide a testing time during
>which the postholder establishes by his/her performance in a particular=
>his/her fitness or otherwise to continue the post.
>The post is pensionable under the terms of the Principal Civil Service
>Pension Scheme (PCSPS) which is contracted out of the additional element of
>the State Scheme. No deduction for superannuation is made from salaries
>except for Widows/Widowers benefits. All staff however contribute 1.5% of
>salary towards benefits for a spouse, but contributions may be refunded in
>whole or in part if you are unmarried when your service ends.
>The normal retiring age is 60, when an annual pension is paid based on pay
>and length of service, together with a lump sum payment. If you resign
>voluntarily before reaching age 60 with 2 or more years qualifying service,
>the pension and lump sum you have earned will normally be paid from age 60.
>There are arrangements for transferring pension rights to and from other
>occupational pension schemes, personal pension plans or approved insurance
>policies, and for increasing pension entitlements by the purchase of =93Add=
>Years=94 or =93Additional Voluntary Contributions=94.
>The Natural History Museum is working towards equal opportunities. It is
>the Museum's policy to provide equal opportunity for employment, career
>development and promotion to all who are eligible, on the basis of ability,
>qualifications and fitness for work. Applications are welcome from all
>qualified individuals irrespective of disability, age, race, sex or marital
>Please complete an application form and provide a current CV and outline of
>your previous experience. The closing date for receipt of applications is=
>July 1997. A late application may be accepted if it is possible to deal
>with it under the arrangements already made when it is received.
>Application forms may be obtained from=20
>The Natural History Museum
>Telephone ++ 44 (0) 171 938 8441
>Fax ++ 44 (0)171 938 9009
>Dr Mary Gibby TEL: + 44 171 938 9023
>Head of Cryptogamic Plant Division FAX: + 44 171 938 9260
>Department of Botany
>Natural History Museum
>London SW7 5BD, U.K.
Natural History Librarian
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
Tel: +44 (0) 171 938 9191/8726
Fax: +44 (0) 171 938 9290
Internet: C.Gokce at nhm.ac.uk
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