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Logo: Centre for Ecology & HydrologyInvertebrate and Botanical Surveyors

22,224 - 23,000 per annum (depending on your skills and experience)

Fixed Term Appointment (May August 2019)

Full time


Are you an experienced field ecologist? We have several vacancies to monitor mobile species across England, on a high-profile project funded by Natural England.


Main Duties

  • Follow protocols for the accurate recording of bumblebee, butterfly and higher plant species and habitat data.
  • Deployment of field equipment (e.g. pan and light traps) and storage of invertebrate samples.
  • Accurate and reliable data input using Access databases and ArcGIS mapping tools.
  • Plan and deliver field surveys within small teams, including landowners liaison.


Essential Skills Required

  • Proven experience of identifying butterflies and foraging bumblebees, and/or higher plants, to species level in the field.
  • Extensive experience working as a field surveyor.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weathers and remote locations, and at unsociable hours for collecting moth light traps. Successful candidates must be able to carry equipment in rugged terrain, and work flexible hours.
  • Highly practical with strong team working skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Competent driving skills are essential, including a clean driving license. 4x4 vehicle experience is highly desirable.
  • You must be able to work anywhere in England, and to stay away from home for extended periods living in temporary accommodation.


The posts require proven ability to identify bumblebee and butterfly species, or higher plant species, at an advanced level. The interview will include a test to assess this.


How to apply

See the website for details on how to apply.

The closing date for this vacancy is 23rd January and interviews will take place on the 4th February.



To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit. Please Do Not apply if you require a visa to work in the UK.     




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