BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

We are looking for someone to coordinate the scientific work underpinning BirdLife’s Marine Programme, including in relation to: marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and marine Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs); Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) in Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and on the High Seas; and threats to seabirds, particularly bycatch in fisheries.

  • Location: Cambridge, UK
  • Full time: 35 hours per week
  • Contract: Open-ended
  • Salary: £38,000 to £41,000 pro rata plus competitive 12% pension benefit, dependant on skills and experience
  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days

This person will oversee the provision of scientific support to BirdLife Partners and regional secretariat offices in their work to identify, delineate, document, monitor, and promote the conservation and protection of marine IBAs and KBAs and priority seascapes. They will coordinate development of science and evidence-based tools to support advocacy for conservation action through a range of global and regional policy processes, in particular for the conservation of marine IBAs and KBAs as Marine Protected Areas. They will develop and lead successful scientific collaborations with other scientific and conservation organisations and partnerships to increase the reach and effectiveness of the BirdLife Marine Programme, and lead and contribute to fundraising for marine science, including in collaboration with wider marine research and conservation communities

The ideal candidate will have

  • Skills in critically assessing and synthesising information and writing accurately and concisely.
  • Good knowledge and experience of seabird and marine conservation issues.
  • Specialist GIS and R coding skills for analysis of satellite tracking data, habitat modelling and other relevant analytical techniques.
  • Specialist knowledge of the IBA and KBA criteria and identification/delineation processes and issues.
  • Understanding of CBD and other international agreements and their relevance to the marine environment.
  • Experience in raising funds, developing funding proposals and managing relationships with donors.
  • Experience in the organisation (and chairing) of meetings and workshops in international settings with a range of audiences.
  • Experience in managing teams, budgets and projects.

A detailed job description can be found at www.birdlife.org/jobs or downloaded here (PDF download).

Closing date: 16 September 2021

Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: recruitment@birdlife.org

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held w/c 27 September 2021.