Citizen Science Manager

Earthwatch Europe

Oxford
£28,000 - £33,000 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

earthwatch.org.uk

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education, sustainability

Closing date: Sunday, 28th August 2022  


OVERVIEW

Do you have a passion for people, science and nature? Are you a citizen science wizard who knows their way around data as well as participant engagement? Do you want to be part of the Tiny Forest movement, an exciting and fast-paced programme that greens cities across the UK and collects evidence on its impact together with local communities? Earthwatch Europe is recruiting a Citizen Science Manager within our Science, Policy and Innovation (SPI) Team, managing the design and delivery of our Tiny Forest citizen science programme.

Tiny Forest is an exciting urban tree planting and community engagement initiative that has already delivered 149 tennis-court sized urban forests across the UK. Each Tiny Forest comes with a citizen-science based monitoring programme to measure the environmental and social benefits delivered by this urban nature-based solution. This Tiny Forest network provides a fantastic living laboratory to study how greening cities can benefit people and nature.

The successful candidate will manage the Tiny Forest citizen science programme. You will be responsible for delivering and further improving protocols, approaches and infrastructure in order to grow and sustain citizen science participation and ensure robust data collection. You will conduct data analysis and will create scientific and popular publications to share our results. You will work closely with the rest of the Tiny Forest SPI team, as well as wider SPI colleagues (working on water pollution, sustainable agriculture and the science of citizen science) and Tiny Forest community engagement, programme and education teams.

You will have proven experience of running a citizen science project incl. participant engagement and data management. You have a solid background in applied environmental science with a proven track-record of data analysis and (scientific) publication and good understanding of carbon storage, soil research and/or biodiversity. You are a creative-thinker, problem solver and team player. You enjoy working with people and are flexible and confident in working with a variety of audiences – specialist and non-specialist alike. We offer a friendly working environment and the opportunity to be part of an impactful movement where you can make a tangible difference for people and nature

Location: Oxford offices / flexible within the UK with travel as required for the role
Reports to: Research Lead – Urban Biodiversity
Salary: £28,000 to £33,000 per annum, gross salary will be pro rated for part time working options
Contract: Fixed term – 12 months with the possibility of extending this - depending on project needs and funding
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week (Mon-Fri) Flexible / part time options will be considered. Minimum 28 hours per week (0.8FTE)

Deadline for application: 28 August 2022
Interviews: To be held virtually W/C 5th September 2022

RESPONSIBILITIES

Role Purpose:

To manage the Tiny Forest citizen science monitoring programme. You will be responsible for the design, delivery and dissemination of Tiny Forest monitoring, leading to sustained citizen science participation, robust data collection and published evidence of the impact of Tiny Forests.

Key Deliverables

  • Oversee delivery of monitoring activities throughout the year including in person citizen science activities and supporting citizen scientists to collect data independently, in close collaboration with programme, engagement and education teams.
  • Create a network of citizen scientists with a collaborative approach actively encouraging input from participants in research and methods.
  • Further improve and streamline the programme design, processes and research infrastructure to maximize participation and data quality with input from colleagues across teams as well as participants and science partners.
  • Carry out data analysis, reporting and dissemination incl. through peer-reviewed publications on citizen science data to provide feedback to citizen scientists and further our understanding of environmental benefits of Tiny Forest.
  • Represent Earthwatch Europe and its science at events, conferences and policy forums
  • Line manage research interns who support data collection and analysis
  • Support other organisational priorities as required

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

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong background in environmental science or ecology (PhD or equivalent) with a broad understanding of urban environmental topics, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, forestry, carbon dynamics, biodiversity and soils.
  • Demonstrable personal enthusiasm for citizen science and track-record in running a citizen science project, incl. project design, managing volunteers and collecting and analysing the data.
  • Proven research experience, incl. research design, field skills, sampling techniques, data management, statistical analysis and peer-reviewed publishing.
  • A pro-active self-starter who works on their own initiative: Ability to acquire new knowledge with ease and respond flexibly to challenges.
  • Experience of working successfully with varied partners and stakeholders
  • Team player with strong relationship management skills and experience working cross-functionally and collaboratively with different teams, allowing you to balance multiple needs in a fast-moving busy programme
  • Excellent planning and management skills, proven ability to manage competing requirements, prioritize effectively and deliver on time
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake regular travel across the UK and occasional travel abroad
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Earthwatch

Desirable 

  • Line management experience
  • Thorough expertise in soil health and carbon storage is especially desirable to complement the team
  • Driving licence and access to a car would be useful for traveling to forest site

Earthwatch is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences. We welcome and encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply, and we will consider all applications fairly and consistently. 

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment - a place where individuality is embraced and everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We value the benefits that different backgrounds, working approaches and ways of thinking can bring. 


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