Citizen Scientist in Grassland Ecology

What are citizen scientists?
Citizen scientists are volunteers from local communities working alongside scientists on real research projects.

What is the DRY project?
Drought is a normal part of all climates and is likely to become more frequent and more severe in the future. However, many questions about how ecosystems will respond to climate change and the joint impacts of climate, land management, and human activities remain unanswered.

The Drought Risk and You (DRY) project brings together a unique blend of science and stories across seven river catchments in England, Scotland and Wales.

What will you do?
Volunteers will help carry out grassland surveys in rainout shelters (structures which mimic drought conditions) by studying changes in the growth and flowering of grasses and wildflowers, as well as counting the number and types of pollinators.

What will you gain?
This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience on a large-scale scientific project, learn identification skills, about grassland ecology, and the impacts of drought and climate change on the environment.

Volunteers will receive a certificate detailing the number hours spent on the project and essential skills acquired, which are important for many ecological or conservation jobs.

We ask for a commitment of 3 days from volunteers, which can be flexible around your timetable.

Get involved!

Frome River Catchment

Volunteer by undertaking grassland surveys close to the University of West England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY. Volunteer days are every Monday (10am-3pm depending on the tasks). Please contact Patty or Sarah for more information.

Upper Don Catchment

Volunteers can help undertake independent surveys close to our field sites in High Bradfield and Ingbirchworth Reservoir. For further information about volunteering in the Don Catchment please email Patty or Sarah using the details below.

Eden Catchment

Volunteers can also help to undertake grassland surveys and phenology observations at sites located close to Foxton in Cupar and Craig Meads Meadow. For further information about volunteering in the Eden Catchment please email Patty or Sarah using the details below.

Please contact us if you have any queries or would like to find out more.

How to Apply

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Key Information


DRY Project




Part Time


Entry Level


Biodiversity, Climate Change, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Research, Sustainability


University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.

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