Volunteer Assistant Ecologist, Midlands Environment Team

Canal & River Trust


Volunteer • Part Time


Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 2nd July 2018  

The Canal & River Trust is among the UK’s largest charities, and we believe that life is better by water. We have responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, reservoirs, docks, museums and archives in England & Wales supported by a growing number of volunteers.

Our canals and rivers support some of the UK’s most important wildlife. The unique and beautiful environment of our waterways is without doubt a key part of what makes them very special places to visit.

Could you help us protect these special places? We are seeking a cheerful and personable volunteer Assistant Ecologist within the Midlands Environment Team. Commencing this summer (dates to be confirmed), the placement will be for a minimum period of 12 weeks, finishing when the successful candidate secures paid employment or perhaps pursues further studies. The opportunity is offered on a part-time, 2-3 days/week professional placement.

This role will be based at our central Birmingham office, but will involve regular travel to other offices and canals and waterways across the Midlands and South West. Basic travel and out of pocket expenses can be covered during this placement, please note that this is not a salaried role.

Person specification

  • Good understanding of ecological issues with enthusiasm/passion for the subject – along with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and the confidence to interact with the team, the wider Trust and outside organisations
  • You will have good research, data management and writing skills, along with Word, Excel and other IT skills
  • Good time management skills to be able to work in a fast paced, sometimes unstructured environment and respond well to a changing and challenging set of requirements and responsibilities
  • Commitment to continual personal development, working towards protected species licences and improving all ecological skills
  • Previous experience or understanding of ecological surveying is desirable
  • Driving licence or access to reliable & regular transport is desirable

Candidates will be short listed from an expression of interest and submission of a CV. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at the Trust’s office in Birmingham in July 2018.

Applications should be made via our website.

Please mention environmentjob.co.uk when responding to this ad.