Conservation Scientist


£27,574 - £30,590 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: JUN20211723

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 18th June 2021   4 days left

Conservation Scientist
Location: Flexible 
Salary: £27,574.00 - £30,590.00 Per Annum 
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance 
Duration: 12 months

We are seeking a talented conservation scientist/population biologist primarily to work on understanding the effects of offshore wind farms on seabirds, though the postholder may also work on other topics to provide the evidence needed to underpin RSPB policy and casework.

About the Role:

This is largely a desk-based position but there may be opportunities to participate in fieldwork. The role sits within the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and the working location is flexible.

This 12-month role will include:

  • Leading work using population modelling in decisions about new developments, potentially including production of bespoke population models to help understand the possible benefits of proposed compensatory measures to offset predicted adverse effects of offshore wind farms on seabird populations. This will include reviewing technical documents submitted as part of the planning process for new developments, advising casework and policy staff, leading and co-authoring peer-reviewed publications, and discussion with internal and external colleagues to help develop the RSPB’s position on any new issues that arise
  • Completing intranet-based training and reference material on casework-relevant science, to help train staff around the RSPB and provide reference material on common scientific issues in casework. Develop a plan to roll this out to relevant staff, and to update it in the future as required
  • Assisting the existing team with scientific support to casework, with a focus on the analytical approaches used to predict effects on birds
  • Leading or assisting with proposal writing for scientific work, with NGO and academic partners

What we need from you:

  • The role will require a proactive individual to understand the evidence needs and casework challenges faced by RSPB staff
  • The successful candidate will have a PhD, or equivalent experience, in the ecological sciences and a track record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific literature
  • They will have the ability to analyse and interpret complex ecological data, with experience of data analysis using R or similar statistical software
  • Applicants should understand the principles of population modelling, and the ideal candidate will have advanced experience of population modelling
  • A good understanding of seabird ecology, and experience of the UK process for planning large infrastructure projects such as offshore wind farms, are highly desirable
  • They will demonstrate an aptitude to build and maintain effective working relationships both within the RSPB and with external partners
  • They will promote the scientific work of the RSPB through a variety of written outputs, conference presentations and digital channels.

Closing date: 23:59, 18 June 2021

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