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Field work will be conducted on Nightingale Island from mid-September through mid-February (dependent on boat schedules), and the successful candidate will be hosted by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science (Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK) when not in the field.
Preference will be given to applicants with prior ringing experience and a ringing license, and those with experience working on remote islands with local communities. Successful applicants must be willing to work long hours, on weekends, and in inclement weather.
1. Expected to have PhD in relevant subject, or equivalent experience.
2. Knowledge of conservation issues and practice, and conservation science, gained through experience of leading a scientific project.
3. Knowledge of key legal and practical requirements for ensuring health and safety of staff and volunteers, sometimes in challenging field conditions, for instance cliff-nesting seabird colonies, tropical rainforests.
4. Knowledge of current scientific issues that are relevant to their project(s).
5. Recognized expert in a particular scientific area.
6. Knowledge of species ecology and ecological principles. Such that correct methods can be chosen or devised from scratch to answer novel questions at both practical and analytical levels.
7. Knowledge of the appropriate data collection methods, and the ability to develop new ethically-sound methods as and when necessary to answer novel questions.
8. Some knowledge of how to apply complex analytical procedures to enable innovative, robust analysis and interpretation of any type and size of data set.
9. Able to effectively manage projects and staff.
10. Taxonomic, identification and practical field skills appropriate to the post.
11. Project design, to a robust scientific standard forecasting the necessary time scales, which could be annual, several years or unknown.
12. Ability to work in extreme conditions, sometimes for prolonged periods in the field
13. Ability to be self motivated and work efficiently within a defined work plan. This necessitates the ability to plan and organise their own work and manage the work of others they are line managing.
14. Has the skill to work under pressure to meet external deadlines.
15. Practical scientific skills of a standard that provides the highest quality data and allows freedom to act and make decisions in novel situations in the field and elsewhere. Such decisions can have serious consequences for instance to the welfare of individual protected animals or areas of protected habitat.
16. Collecting, collating, manipulating, analysing large and complex data sets that can pass international peer-reviewed standards of scrutiny and audit.
17. Ability to train and coach others in data collection techniques in sometimes difficult conditions
18. Ability to influence others through production of written material: for example peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, reports to funders, books and book chapters, but also written material for any media channel.
19. Ability to give talks and lectures on science to any audience, whether at an international academic conference or a local community group.
20. Skilled use of Microsoft Office and ability to use advanced scientific software for data analysis. Often this has to be adapted to suit a unique or specific purpose. Ability to use other advanced computer software will have to be applied as necessary, for example GIS mapping (satellite or other) analyses.
21. Able to work in collaboration with external organisations and individuals.
22. Proven scientific research experience (e.g. doing a PhD or managing a similar project; communicating to various audiences by writing reports, publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers, giving talks).
23. Demonstrable (several years) experience of relevant research or survey work.
24. Demonstrable track record of scientific publication.
Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:
25. Line management experience, if line management is part of the role.
26. Specialist and up–to–date knowledge of how to apply complex analytical procedures to enable innovative, robust analysis and interpretation of any type and size of data set.
· This role may involve lone working.
· This role may require regular weekend, early morning and evening working.
· The role is based in a remote and rural location for several months of the year
Appointments will be made subject to successful completion of a medical. Travel from the UK, and accommodation and subsistence on Nightingale Island are covered.
Employment dates : 15 August 2016 – 30 June 2018
Salary : £24,300 p.a. pro rata
To apply, send a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position, a CV, and the names and contact details (email, telephone) of 3 references by 11 July 2016 to Dr Alex Bond. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Interview date : 18 July 2016 by phone or Skype, or in person at the RSPB Headquarters, Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK.
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