Research Manager - Coasts

Earthwatch Europe

£27,000 - £33,000 pa, gross (FTE)

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01865318838

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 23rd May 2019   2 days left


Do you combine applied research expertise, a drive to create real change, a passion for citizen science and extensive knowledge around plastic pollution and threats to coastal marine biodiversity?

Earthwatch is recruiting for a Research Manager, for a fixed term of 1 year to cover a period of maternity leave. The post holder will ensure the successful development and delivery of applied research within our Freshwater (plastic) and Coast programmes, key areas of our new Strategy. The ideal candidate will bring a strong understanding of the issues and current research relevant to plastic pollution and diverse threats to coastal marine biodiversity as well as a background in citizen science. They will have proven experience in managing research with multiple partners, stakeholder engagement and funding bid writing. We offer a friendly working environment and the chance to make a difference.

 Earthwatch is an international environmental NGO. Our mission is to empower people to save our planet. We do this, by creating knowledge and inspiring action through hands-on science and environmental engagement. We address big environmental challenges by working together with individuals, communities and organisations. We aim to create a global community that values and nurtures a sustainable planet.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK; Earthwatch is unable to support visa applications.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Role purpose:

To develop, manage and disseminate innovative and engaging research - including citizen science - on coastal marine biodiversity and plastic pollution.

Key deliverables:

  • Develop new project and funding opportunities that align with Earthwatch's strategic priorities on coastal marine biodiversity and plastic pollution
  • Develop proposals for impactful, applied research that generates knowledge on the mechanisms and potential solutions to plastic pollution (particularly in freshwater environments) and diverse threats to coastal marine biodiversity
  • Design and evolve research methodologies, including citizen science protocols, meta-analyses and stakeholder relevant field research
  • Write funding bids for research grants and trusts and foundations in close collaboration with the Senior Research Lead Freshwater and Coasts and contribute to corporate development proposals
  • Keep up to date with current research on the relevant issues, conduct literature reviews and data analyses, contribute to peer-reviewed publications
  • Work closely with the engagement team to maximise opportunities for learning, engagement and communication in current and new projects, to maximise PR opportunities and ensure a strong impact through behaviour change and influencing
  • Establish and maintain effective collaborations with external research institutions and principal investigators (PIs) to maximise scientific relevance, impact and innovation
  • Maintain and expand our network of collaborators and stakeholders to inform science and engagement priorities and effectively disseminate research results
  • Work with the impact manager to monitor and improve engagement and science activities, outputs and outcomes and ensure current and new projects have maximum impact through communications, peer-reviewed papers, stakeholder engagement and policy influencing
  • Raise the profile of Earthwatch and advocate for its citizen science projects at strategic external events
  • Contributing to wider organisational priorities as required

The above list of job deliverables is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.


Person specification:

  • Strong background in and knowledge of environmental science (PhD or equivalent), with demonstrable expertise on coastal marine biodiversity and plastic pollution
  • Understanding and appreciation of the challenges of field science
  • Knowledge and understanding of European sustainability agendas and national and international policies relevant to coastal marine biodiversity and plastic pollution
  • Experience in research management, including project development, method development, data analysis, research dissemination and impact creation.
  • Experience of research grant or funding bid writing is essential, experience of stakeholder engagement and policy influencing are highly desirable
  • Demonstrable personal enthusiasm for citizen science. A good understanding of the specific challenges and current developments in this field is highly desirable
  • An established research network in the UK and preferably covering multiple other European countries
  • Credible and persuasive, able to represent Earthwatch externally
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to convey information clearly and concisely
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build effective relationships
  • Excellent planning and management skills, proven ability to manage competing requirements, prioritise effectively and deliver on time
  • Fluency in English is essential, proficiency in one or more other European languages is desirable
  • International work experience is desirable
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Earthwatch

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