Research Assistant – Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)

Application deadline: 
Friday, 1. December 2017 - 23:45

Research Assistant – Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)

 
• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Contract: Six month fixed term contract, starting January 2018
• Salary:  £19,000 - £22,000 pro rata per annum dependent on experience.  Plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
 
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
 
This is an exciting opportunity to provide support to BirdLife’s input into the Mediterranean MAVA M3 Outcome Action Plan that addresses Coastal wetland degradation due to coastal development and water abstraction, one of the main elements of MAVA’s Mediterranean Strategy for 2016-2022. 
 
We are looking for someone to assist the Head of Conservation and the IBA Officer for Europe & Central Asia on the delivery of the MAVA Outcome Action Plan, ensuring the specific actions and objectives listed under this project are achieved within the planned timeline at the demonstration sites.
 
You will be responsible of monitoring the scientific literature related to wetland and saltpan restoration, wetland management and ecosystem services provided by wetlands.
 
You will also perform a central role in gathering existing data and information on ongoing projects and initiatives at the project sites focused on biodiversity, hydrology and socio economic aspects of the wetlands. 
 
Other duties will include supporting the ECA IBA Officer in the implementation of BirdLife’s IBA Strategy as well as the development of a threat reporting mobile app for the citizen science project LandSense.
 
You will work with a wide range of people both within the organisation and externally and your ability to build positive relationships and engage effectively at all levels will be key to the success of the role.
You will be a highly motivated and focused individual able to deliver high quality work to support the ambitious conservation goals of BirdLife.
 
The ideal candidate will have: 
 
• Desirable research or academic background on species, site conservation, wetland restoration projects or assessment of ecosystem services
• Previous experience with EU-funded and/or international projects 
• Experience with analysing and interpreting scientific data 
• High level of fluency in English (and preferably other European languages)
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills targeting a range of different audiences
• The right to work in the UK
 
A detailed job description can be found here. 
 
Closing date: 1 December 2017
 
Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: recruitment@birdlife.org   
 
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 11 December 2017.