Senior Research Ecologist, Endangered Landscapes Program

British Trust for Ornithology

Thetford, Norfolk and extensive travel to Belarus and Ukraine
£25,390 - 28,212 + 11% employer pension contribution

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 3rd April 2019  

The British Trust for Ornithology is seeking applications from a research ecologist for an exciting new 5-year landscape restoration program in Belarus and Ukraine - ’Wilderness without borders: Creating one of the largest natural landscapes in Europe’.

The project will designate new, and upgrade existing conservation areas to create a transboundary protected and interconnected core area of 1.2 million ha, within wider Prypiat/Polesia area covering approximately 5.8 million ha around the border between Belarus and Ukraine.

The project also aims to directly avert threats, such as wetland drainage, habitat change and fragmentation caused by infrastructure development, forestry and intensive, unsustainable resource extraction. In addition, improved management and better trans-boundary protection of large tracts of existing natural habitat will enhance natural processes that link the different wetland and terrestrial habitats in this unique mega-landscape.

You will be the scientific adviser to the project, to lead on the development of the scientific monitoring plan, to establish a baseline and document the impact of the project, and to undertake specific aspects of the research and monitoring.

This post will require extensive periods to be spent in Belarus and in the field.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Wednesday 3 April.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Thetford on Wednesday 10 April.

For further information and to apply visit our website:

For an informal chat about the position please call Phil Atkinson on 01842 750050 (or email

Charity No. 216652 (E&W); SC039193 (Scotland)

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