Technical Assistant (European Red List)

BirdLife International

£20,000 pro rata

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 19th September 2019   3 days left


Technical Assistant (European Red List)

  • Location: Cambridge, UK
  • Full time: 35 hours per week
  • Contract: Fixed term for five months
  • Salary: £20,000 pro rata plus competitive 12% pension benefit
  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata
  • Start date: no later than 1 December 2019

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

As the global authority on the conservation status of bird species, BirdLife is currently leading a project to reassess the regional Red List status of all European birds. To support this project and ensure it is completed on time and to a high standard, BirdLife seeks three Technical Assistants to help collate, verify and analyse data, solicit additional information from expert networks, and document the results. This will ensure that BirdLife’s European Species Programme continues to address the highest conservation priorities, whilst informing and supporting the European Partnership, the Preventing Extinctions Programme, and the wider community.

This is an exciting opportunity to join BirdLife’s internationally renowned team, work closely with colleagues and experts across Europe, and help set the agenda for European bird conservation for the coming decade.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Good general knowledge of European bird species (e.g. conservation status, distribution, abundance, ecology and threats).
  • Familiarity with international conservation issues and legal frameworks, in particular the EU Birds Directive.
  • Awareness of the nature, potential uses and limitations of biodiversity data.
  • Understanding of the IUCN Red List criteria and categories, and of the issues involved in assessing species’ regional extinction risk.
  • Relevant experience in biodiversity conservation and/or academic research, especially in collating, verifying, analysing, interpreting and disseminating biological data sets (e.g. in peer-reviewed publications or student projects).
  • The right to work in the UK

A detailed job description can be found at

Closing date: 19 September 2019

Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to:

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 30 September 2019, in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK.

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