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Logo: Wildfowl & Wetlands TrustResearch Officer (Severn Curlew Project)

HQ, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (fieldwork from Gloucestershire to Shropshire)

37.5 hours per week working 5 days from 7 with considerable flexibility during fieldwork periods

21,826 - 22,975 pro rata


This is a fixed term 7 month contract


(Fieldwork from Gloucestershire to Shropshire)


WWT is a leader in threatened species recovery. We have recently reintroduced Eurasian cranes to Somerset, and they are now nesting in western Britain for the first time in 400 years. We are implementing a translocation programme for black-tailed godwits in eastern England. Internationally, we lead the ground-breaking headstarting programme for the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, and the reintroduction programme for the worlds rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard.


We are now launching a conservation programme for Eurasian Curlew, the most pressing bird conservation issue in the UK. The first phase of the work involves establishing a recovery programme in the Severn region. This will involve translocation; working with partners and land managers to create and improve curlew habitat; designing innovative conservation methods; and engaging local communities. All of this work will be underpinned by scientific evidence.


WWTs Conservation Science team is seeking an energetic and innovative scientist to implement the field research that will underpin our new Curlew Recovery project in the Severn region.


You will be responsible for implementing a fieldwork programme for the wild curlew population in the region. This will require territory mapping, and nest and chick monitoring. You will also implement a post-release monitoring programme for translocated curlews to be released as fledglings in the region.


You will have a degree in a biological subject or equivalent expertise. You will have experience of ornithological fieldwork, ideally on wading birds. Above all, you will be an enthusiastic conservationist, a committed fieldworker, and a problem-solver.


In return for your hard work and dedication youll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:


  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Life assurance
  • Free parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres


For more information, and to apply for the role, please click here


Closing date:  28th February 2019

Interview date:  7th March 2019


Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410  

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