Volunteer Assistant Ecologist

Canal & River Trust

Birmingham, West Midlands

Volunteer • Part Time

canalrivertrust.org.uk thomas.wilding@canalrivertrust.org.uk Tom Wilding

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 29th November 2019  

The Canal & River Trust is among the UK’s largest charities, with responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, reservoirs, docks, museums and archives in England & Wales.

We look after the waterways for everyone to enjoy now and in the future, and aim to:

  • Breathe new life into our canals and rivers
  • Ensure our canals and rivers are cherished by and make a difference to the communities they serve
  • Help more people discover and enjoy the magic of the waterways
  • Contribute to the health and wellbeing of local communities and economies
  • Provide accessible green and blue space for current and future generations

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 West Midlands Environment Team. Commencing January 2020, the placement will be for a minimum period of 12 weeks, finishing when the successful candidate secures paid employment or 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.

Potential projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigating the effects of city lighting on bat migration
  • Co-ordinating the Spring 2020 otter survey
  • Helping to lead the Wild in Birmingham project
  • Development of the Great Canal Orchard
  • GIS mapping of protected species and trees
  • Badger sett and habitat assessments
  • Social media updates and blogs

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 and interpersonal skills are required to interact within the team, the wider Trust and outside organisations
  • 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 December / January.

For more information on this role, please contact Tom Wilding

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