Moss Trail Free-lance Bryologist required

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    Bryologist to write and design introductory educational sheets for SLBI MossTrail


    The South London Botanical
    Institute ( has received funding from the Esmée Fairburn Foundation to support activities aimed at stimulating
    appreciation of urban mosses.  The first
    of these activities is the creation of a Moss Trail in the Institute’s garden. Approximately 15 species of moss can be found
    in the garden, and the most conspicuous or interesting these will be labelled to
    form the basis of the Trail with accompanying illustrated introductory notes. 

    The Institute seeks an
    enthusiastic and adaptable bryologist with an interest in contributing to our community
    education by creating the illustrated introductory notes.

    The successful applicant will work
    on a free-lance basis with our gardeners and volunteers to set up the Trail.  This role is to identify moss species and design introductory educational material. 
    The material must be scientifically accurate and aimed at a general audience.  This is a specific
    task-focussed role, but there might be further opportunities: tutoring, as a workshop leader or in outreach roles as the project develops.


    A separate budget is available
    for printing and laminating, which will probably be done in-house.

    Designs, texts and illustrations to
    be submitted to SLBI, revised if necessary and approved before final payment.


    To create to print-ready stage:1
    laminated sheet with a general introduction to urban mosses and a map of where
    named species are located in the SLBI gardens; 2 sheets identifying and
    describing up to 12 of the species found in the gardens.

    You will need to:· 
    – identify the species in the SLBI front and back gardens and/or confirm existing identifications using Latin and English/common name · 
    – advise the most conspicuous or interesting of these to SLBI named contact/s for
    – produce a map showing where the mosses can be found in the garden design 3 laminated
    sheets for use outdoors to enable visitors to identify and differentiate species· 
    – write the introductory text  for the sheetsfor
    a general, non-specialist audience (approx. 500-600 words)
    – write text for the individual species, identifying and describing them(approx. 120
    -150 words each)· 
    – make or locate existing suitable line-drawings of the mosses showing diagnostic
    features to illustrate the text. (The line-drawings could be prepared by the bryologist, or, subject to copyright conditions and costs, taken from existing publications).· 
    – to submit 1st drafts to SLBI named contact by a mutually agreed date and revise if necessary· 
    to design and prepare final drafts to pre-print stage, using agreed design software· 
    – to liaise with colleagues at SLBI (staff, volunteers, trustees) as necessary· 
    – advise on location of identification labels.

    Other Specifications· 
    -The material must fit onto a maximum of 3 double-sided A4 sheets, which will be
    – Final copy to be made available in digital form· 
    – Design programme used must be PC compatible· 
    – Copyright will remain with SLBI· 
    – First drafts to be completed by late November 2013· 
    – Final print-ready drafts to be completed by end December 2013

    Person specification· 
    Demonstrable interest in and knowledge of urban mosses· 
    Ability to write clear, scientifically accurate and engaging texts for non-specialists· 
    Botanical drawing skills (or ability to source appropriate drawings within budget)· 
    Ability to use design software· 
    Ability to work on own initiative· 
    Ability to work in discussion with others· 
    Ability to design & format layout of text and illustrations to pre-print stage

    Ability to work to time and budget· 
    Interest in or experience of community education might be advantageous


    Introduction: £50

    £40 for each species text (inc. label). 

    £25 per line drawing (original or copyright)

    £170: admin,meetings/discussion; revisions

    Total maximum payable for 15 species: £1000 (NB payment may be reduced if fewer species are included on the information sheets for any reason).


    If interested, please send a copy
    of your CV, a covering letter indicating why you are interested in the role, what skills and experience you could bring to it and the names of two referees to:
    Nell Gatehouse, Administrator, South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood
    Road, London, SE24 9AQ or email to, to arrive before Monday 16
    September 2013. 

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