Assistant Research Officer

To assist with all aspects of the research programme involving daily supervision of research team, data analysis and report writing (self funded).

GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE ROLE

  • Assist the Principal Investigator with the development and implementation of the research programme
  • Daily organisation and supervision of the survey programme
  • Supervision, management and training of volunteers/assistants
  • Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals
  • Assist with project logistics and administration

MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Principal Investigator in implementing the standard programme of research to cover each survey component depending on location, e.g. vegetation; ungulates; small mammals; bats, reptiles and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups, including millipedes, molluscs and butterflies;
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in the accredited and non-accredited training of the volunteer Research Assistants and other project participants where necessary and supervise their implementation in the field survey;
  • Assist the Principal Investigator or Project Coordinator in the management, support, motivation and development of volunteers / research assistants;
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in managing the collection and processing of accurate field data, including specimen collection, for all survey components;
  • Ensure that the specimens collected on each phase are adequately preserved;
  • Produce sections of the technical reports and scientific papers to the schedule agreed with the Principal Investigator and the Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ);
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in managing and supervising the maintenance of the project’s scientific resources;
  • Provide the Principal Investigator with regular (minimum quarterly) progress updates and ensure that these updates are passed on to the London HQ;
  • Assist with the logistical operations relating to the project including administration and management of finances; production of accounts and reports; allocation, use and maintenance of project resources; management of local staff; and supervision of the
  • activities of and ensuring the health and safety of project staff, volunteers and host country participants.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Contract Duration: An initial 6 month period with the possibility of extension.

Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided whilst at the field project site.

Travel: In-country ground travel costs to be provided.

International flights to be self-funded.

Subsistence:

Participation Fee of £450 per quarter for all terrestrial projects (excluding Costa Rica) and £500 per quarter for marine projects and Costa Rica. To be paid by staff member to cover project participation.

Training: BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.

JOB SPECIFICATION

  • Qualifications Education/Knowledge:
  • Graduate in an environmental or biological science discipline
  • First aid qualification
  • Minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent (marine projects only).
  • Relevant postgraduate qualification (desirable);
  • Knowledge of natural resource management & rural development (desirable)

Experience:

  • Experience of data analysis & report-writing
  • Minimum 3 month field research experience, preferably in a tropical environment (desirable);
  • Experience of GIS applications (desirable);
  • Experience of working with NGOs (desirable)

Skills:

  • Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills;
  • Administrative & time management skills;
  • Ability to train research assistants;
  • Knowledge of ecological monitoring (desirable);
  • Technically orientated (desirable);
  • Knowledge of local language (desirable)

Personal Attributes:

  • Demonstrable commitment to conservation
  • Resilient & mature, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions
  • Flexible approach
  • ¬†Conscientious
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Physical fitness

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