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Senior Research Assistant - Willow Tit Monitoring

Senior Research Assistant - Willow Tit Monitoring
Reference: NOV20218491
Location: Flexible in Midlands
Salary: £22,986 - £25,500 per annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave (pro-rata)
Contract: Fixed Term for 7 months, Full-Time, Home working

As one of the UK's most rapidly declining species, Willow Tits have already been lost from many areas. We are looking for someone with great bird and plant identification skills to collect field data for a project looking at whether habitat manipulation can help maintain and increase Willow Tits.

About the role

As Senior Research Assistant you'll be responsible for all aspects of the project from planning of fieldwork timetables to data collection/data entry/day-to-day running of the project. You'll need to maintain  relations with land managers and their staff, as most of the sites are on private land. You will be expected to liaise with RSPB colleagues and to act as an ambassador. 

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • A degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience.
  • Broad knowledge of UK conservation issues and practice gained through involvement in scientific projects.
  • Knowledge of species ecology and ecological principles, particularly for woodland birds.
  • Knowledge of licensing and regulations surrounding fieldwork e.g. protected species and habitats, Schedule 1 species disturbance etc.
  • Demonstrable practical field skills including excellent bird identification by sight and calls and a good botanical knowledge of woodland/scrub vegetation.
  • Experience of relevant research and survey techniques.
  • Self-reliant, self-motivated and an ability to use own initiative to solve day to day problems.
  • Ability to work outdoors, alone for prolonged periods in all weather and sometimes over rough terrain.
  • Accurately record data in the field and collate and maintain electronic databases as required, skilled in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Verbal/Written communication skills to develop and maintain good relations with land managers, colleagues, and members of the public.
  • Ability to travel widely in areas not served by public transport.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of using GIS and statistical software
  • Experience/knowledge of woodland management practices

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Closing Date: Sunday 12th December 2021
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 16th December 2021.

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No agencies please.

Closing Date: 12/12/2021  Location: Flexible in Midlands

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