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.

BirdLife Europe & Central Asia’s Conservation Team are seeking a Marine/Seabird Conservation Technical Assistant to support a project with the Renewable Grids Initiative that aims to establish a multi-stakeholder working group to support a collaborative, comprehensive, ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Plan for the Northern Seas that supports the timely development of offshore wind while protecting nature and biodiversity. Specifically this position will be responsible for identifying and collating available at-sea data for seabirds, compiling information on seabird survey methodologies, and conducting research on approaches for sensitivity mapping of seabirds to offshore wind developments.  

The Technical Assistant will work as part of the BirdLife ECA Conservation Team, and will line managed by the Marine Coordinator. S/he will work closely with the Marine Officer for Europe & Central Asia.

We are looking for someone to provide technical support to a wider working-group on existing data and knowledge gaps on seabirds’ risk and sensitivity due to the development of offshore wind infrastructures. 

  • Location: Cambridge, UK (may be required to work from home in the short term due to COVID-19)
  • Full time: 35 hours per week
  • Contract: 8 months fixed term
  • Salary: £20,000 pro rata plus competitive 12% pension benefit
  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days

The ideal candidate will have 

  • Masters Degree in Conservation Science, Environmental Management or Biodiversity
  • Experience in environmental projects and research 
  • Good general knowledge of European seabirds and conservation issues
  • Experience in data collation and management for a conservation project, including the development and use of metadata databases.
  • Experience of conducting literature reviews including use of academic databases and report writing
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good concentration and attention to detail
  • Good self-motivation to conduct work independently and ability to show initiative 
  • Experience and knowledge related to data management and storage
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • The right to work in the UK

A detailed job description can be found at www.birdlife.org/jobs or as a PDF download.

Closing date: 11 August 2020

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 week commencing 17 August 2020