Conservation Scientist (Monitoring)
RSPB UKHQ - The Lodge
18h ago

We have a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join the Monitoring Science team at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, to assist in the management and development of the RSPB’s monitoring, and monitoring-related work in the UK (and elsewhere), to maintain scientific rigour within the work programme, to set and communicate bird conservation priorities, and to report the results of the work to a variety of audiences.

In addition, the post-holder will contribute to the Department's overall role in establishing the scientific basis of RSPB policy and practice in bird conservation and seek to increase its standing in the field of conservation science, which is essential to achieving credibility in environmental policy matters.

What the role is about :

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the Monitoring Science team at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science.

You will have an opportunity to contribute to our work in planning and organising national bird surveys and other monitoring projects, which fit in with overall RSPB priorities.

The post-holder will take the lead in organising and undertaking national bird surveys and other monitoring schemes, including survey design, implementation, analysis and publication.

This will involve planning and designing bird surveys to be carried out by RSPB staff, including field staff on short-term contracts, staff from other conservation organisations and volunteers.

For some surveys, the post-holder would devise and manage all of the work in close contact with the fieldwork teams, for others (e.

g. those where most of the species’ population falls within a single country or RSPB region), they would design the survey, but hand over the management of the project to regional or other Conservation Science staff.

For some surveys, they would be expected to contribute towards fieldwork and data collection, which may involve outdoor lone-working in different parts of the UK.

The post-holder may assist in the management of generic monitoring schemes in which RSPB is a major partner (e.g. the BTO / JNCC / RSPB Breeding Bird Survey, the BTO / JNCC / RSPB / WWT Wetland Bird Survey).

The post-holder may also need engage in broader ecological analyses, research and casework support in the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science.

The post-holder may assist RSPB colleagues in the countries and regions in prioritising and designing survey and monitoring work, such as regional species surveys and monitoring of species’ recovery projects.

The ideal candidate will be based within commuting distance of our HQ at The Lodge in Sandy, or one of our regional offices.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience :

  • You will have a relevant PhD or equivalent experience of managing and implementing an ornithological survey or monitoring project from design to analysis.
  • You will have good knowledge of UK ecology and natural history as well as of conservation issues and practice.
  • You will have good knowledge of a range of bird survey methods and sampling strategies
  • You will have practical experience of taking part in bird surveys and monitoring schemes and have good bird identification skills.
  • Practical experience of surveying other taxa and habitat recording will also be desirable.

  • You will have a methodical and rigorous approach to experimental design, data collection, data management and analysis ensuring data and results pass international peer-reviewed standards of scrutiny and audit.
  • You will be self-motivated and work efficiently within a defined work plan to meet deadlines, being able to plan and organise your work and manage the work of others.
  • Skilled in the use of GIS mapping software (ArcGIS experience desirable)
  • You will be able to travel to remote locations not served by public transport, and willing to travel widely - including occasional overnight stays, and longer periods away from home.
  • Desirable skills, knowledge and experience :

  • You will be proficient in R or an equivalent statistical software, have experience of a range of statistical modelling techniques and show willingness to learn new techniques and programmes.
  • You will be an effective communicator, tailoring high quality written materials for a range of audiences and using a range of communications channels to publicise surveys, from the planning stage to sharing results.
  • You will be a skilled collaborative worker, with experience working with a range of stakeholders, for instance, policy makers, landowners, communications staff or decision makers.
  • You will have a good knowledge of biodiversity monitoring, biodiversity indicators and reporting
  • You will have a track record of scientific publications and other science communications
  • You will be able to undertake demanding fieldwork (long hours / pre-dawn starts) and to lone-work under your own initiative, with limited face-to-face contact and supervision.
  • We are looking to conduct interview for this position w / c 19th April 2021. For all application / role enquiries please contact

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