Senior Conservation Scientist - Wetlands
Flexible in England
£38,000 - £39,425 pa
This is a fabulous opportunity for an experienced wetland ecologist!
The RSPB Centre for Conservation Science is responsible for the science that informs the
delivery of the RSPB’s conservation programmes for species, habitats and landscapes. If you
would like to be part of a dynamic, supportive and enthusiastic team of Conservation Scientists
and are keen to use your science to inform policy and practice, then this might be the position
you’ve been waiting for.
What’s the role about?
We are seeking a Senior Conservation Scientist in our England and Wales team to develop a
research programme to underpin the RSPB’s wetland conservation work. This includes
species-focused conservation particularly for breeding waders and the management and
restoration of wetland and coastal habitats. Experience of designing and managing applied
ecological research, preferably on birds, is essential. The role requires an ability to work
closely with conservation staff to develop research studies to meet their evidence needs.
Over time, you will manage and develop staff up to Conservation Scientist grade, collaborate
with external partners and academics, and supervise post-graduate students. You will recruit
and manage small teams of field staff, and a key part of the job is providing technical advice
Location within England is flexible with a preference for southern or eastern England and for
applicants who might need to relocate, we can be flexible about the timing of relocation. You
will be expected to travel occasionally to RSPB offices and other locations across the UK.
Essential skills, knowledge and experience:
- A PhD or equivalent relevant experience.
- Broad knowledge of current scientific issues relevant to conservation, and conservation
science, gained through experience of running scientific projects.
- Recognised expert or specialist in wetland systems and related conservation science with
knowledge of how to provide practical and scientific guidance in this area.
- Broad and deep knowledge of UK species ecology and ecological principles, appropriate to
- Experience of designing robust science projects and knowledge of appropriate data
collection methods, and specialist up-to-date knowledge of how to apply complex statistical
procedures to enable robust interpretation of data and demonstrable track record of scientific
publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Knowledge and ability to influence others to have best chance of securing external and
- Practical field skills appropriate to the post, such as experience with breeding waders.
- Self-motivated and able to work efficiently under pressure to meet deadlines, with the
independence to prioritise own working schedule and those under your line management.
- Practical scientific skills of a standard that ensures the safe and ethical collection of
high quality data and the ability to respond appropriately to changing circumstances in
sometimes tricky field conditions.
- Great written and verbal communication skills such that you can communicate with a range of
audiences. Confident and capable of being a public face for RSPB science to the media and
Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:
- Knowledge of wetland creation and management.
- A high level of identification skills for birds and other taxa, with a specialism in
- Knowledge of monitoring non-avian wetland taxa such as invertebrates or plants.
- Ability to translate conservation science into conservation policy and practise.
- Able to work in collaboration with external people and organisations on sometimes tricky
and confrontational issues.
- Able to effectively manage several projects and staff.
- Line management experience.
- Supervision of PhD and/or MSc projects students.
- Knowledge of licensing and regulations related to fieldwork.
- Initiative and scientific horizon scanning to conceptualise and propose innovative projects
to answer novel and important conservation questions using science.
- Good links with a wide range of external academic specialists and a well developed link
with a University or academic institution.
This is a permanent role for 37.5 hours per week. We are looking to conduct interviews in
mid September and are very willing to make reasonable adjustments to the
interview to accommodate specific needs.
For further information please contact [email protected] or [email protected]
As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form. Please
describe how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria listed above.
The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974.
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