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Red List Assessor

We are looking for two people to join our Science Division in the Global Secretariat, to contribute to BirdLife’s work on assessing the IUCN Red List status of the world’s birds.

Application deadline
Wednesday, 6 December 2023 – 23:45

Cambridge, UK

Full time
35 hours per week

1 year fixed term initially, with potential for extension

£25,000 to £27,000 pro rata, plus a competitive 12% pension benefit

Annual Leave
25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day/annum 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.

We are looking for two people to join our Science Division in the Global Secretariat, to contribute to BirdLife’s work on assessing the IUCN Red List status of the world’s birds.

How you will do this:

  • Working closely with other members of BirdLife’s Red List team, you will apply the IUCN Red List Criteria and Guidelines to assess the extinction risk of bird species.
  • You will do this by collating, analysing and evaluating information from a wide variety of sources, and liaising with species experts within and beyond the BirdLife Partnership.
  • You will then synthesise this information in clear, concise written summaries in the Red List database, and in topics proposing changes to the status of relevant species.

Ideally, you will have:

  • A degree in a relevant biological or environmental subject, and preferably GIS skills.
  • A good understanding, and preferably practical experience, of the IUCN Red List.
  • Excellent English; other languages are beneficial, especially Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Knowledge and experience of birds and conservation issues, preferably in the tropics.
  • A scientific approach and proven ability to work in a team and achieve shared goals.

See the full job description here

Some of our benefits:

  • We are able to offer a hybrid model of working on-site and from home/remote for most roles, which helps to ensure a flexible work-life balance.
  • A chance to work in the award-winning David Attenborough Building, which brings together much of the Cambridge-based conservation community on a ‘conservation campus.’ 
  • A generous pension scheme, up to 12% company contribution.
  • Holiday starting at 25 days excluding Bank Holidays and increasing for every year of service up to a maximum of 28 days.
  • Full access to LinkedIn Learning with access to more than 13,000 high-quality, on-demand courses.
  • Cycle to work scheme. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme, including access to Health Assured online health portal (webinars, nutritional advice, 4-week programmes, financial wellbeing and more).

BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Find out more about our Diversity statement.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We will consider putting into place appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

How to Apply:

Please email your application to us at: [email protected]

Please put “Red List Assessor” in the subject line. Your application should include a cover letter summarising your suitability for the role, your CV and details of where you saw the job advert.

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in December 2023, with a short written exercise to be completed in advance.