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RSPB

Conservation Scientist

OCT20218366
Full-Time
Northern Ireland or Flexible within UK
£27,574.00 - £30,590.00
Until the end of March 2022.

The RSPB is looking for a scientist with excellent communication skills to join our team to conduct social science research which will play a role in informing future environmental land management in Northern Ireland.

We are looking for a scientist experienced in collecting social science data on farming practices. The successful candidate will collect information from farmers and landowners in Northern Ireland communities that were most recently known to be the strongholds of two bird species: Corncrake Crex crex and Chough Phyrrocorax phyrrocorax.

The Role

You will need to be face to face with people in the field in Northern Ireland, so although we have not restricted the post to being based in Northern Ireland (meaning you could be based anywhere in the UK), you will need to have the flexibility to travel to Northern Ireland to carry out farmer interviews.

You will lead on finalising the methods used to best collect the necessary data and what that data should be. Much of the project will involve contacting and interviewing farmers and landowners. You will collate the information, summarise, and analyse it for a written report. The report will provide invaluable baseline information for any future land management for Chough and Corncrake in NI.

What we need from you

  • Of primary importance is the ability to talk to farmers in a knowledgeable way to allow you to quickly make the most of the information being provided.
  • Good knowledge of farming practices in Northern Ireland, particularly around the management of livestock, grazing and silage production.
  • You will need to be face to face with people in the field in Northern Ireland, so although we have not restricted the post to being based in Northern Ireland you will need to have the flexibility to travel to Northern Ireland to carry out farmer interviews.
  • You will be educated to at least a degree level with a scientific background and proven experience in data collection, analyses, and write-up.
  • Good knowledge of conservation in particular bird-habitat relationships and habitat management for conservation.
  • Experience of social science data collection methods would be desirable.

Closing: 07 November 2021

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Closing Date: 07/11/2021  Location: Northern Ireland or Flexible within UK

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