Terrestrial Ecologist

This is a focused work placement, where you will be expected to take on significant levels of responsibility.  The Trust’s Ecological team is responsible for a large section of the organisations work programme with the Terrestrial ecologist leading on a broad range of ecological survey and recording across the island’s nature reserves.

Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands. The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) promotes the conservation of Alderney’s terrestrial and marine wildlife, with its Ecological Team responsible for a large section of the organisation’s work programme. The Team includes marine and terrestrial ecologists all with key projects and responsibilities to administer.

Accommodation provided, as is 1 return UK-Alderney flights for every 6 month term undertaken.  Additional paid part-time work is supported during this contract.


Duties include:

  • Leading on the coordination of ecological monitoring on the AWT’s terrestrial reserves and the Alderney Community woodland, in support of the Conservation Officer, including standard BCT and BTO surveys and the design and undertaking of situation specific surveys (for example; butterfly, bat and dragonfly surveys).
  • Supporting the Living Seas Coordinator in the on-going development of ecological recording systems.
  • Support the AWT team in delivering public events and activities as part of the outreach programme.
  • Assisting in other aspects of the operation of the AWT as required.

The role requires:

  • Self-motivated and focused person wanting to benefit from their time in this role
  • Independent field work.
  • Data analysis and report writing skills.
  • The ability to adapt quickly to changing situations.
  • Working closely with existing staff and volunteers demonstrating that you can act as part of a team.

The structure of the work placement will be as follows: 

  • The placement includes two return flights (approx. total value £440) or sailings to the UK (one for every 6 months of placement completed).
  • Free accommodation at the AWT’s Essex Farm Field Centre (inclusive of private room, wi-fi access, shared kitchen, sitting-room and office facilities)
  • The person undertaking this role will act as a full-time placement member of staff, with all the responsibilities and support this entails.
  • The placement has a week’s induction and probation period, overseen by the Trust CEO.  Placement staff will receive in house training on equipment.
  • The AWT will help to assist placement staff in securing part time paid work in parallel to their placement, to help cover their costs during the placement.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please download and complete the application form and return it to admin@alderneywildlife.org, with a covering letter explaining why you are seeking this role.

If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact manager@alderneywildlife.org or call +44 (0) 1481 822935.

The AWT regrets that as a small charity it may not be able to respond to all applications upon receipt. Initial interviews will be undertaken by Skype or telephone. The successful candidates and all other applicants will be informed of the final decision as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be expected to commence the placement at the earliest possible opportunity.

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!


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Key Information


Alderney Wildlife Trust


Fixed Term, Temporary


Full Time


Graduate, Mid Level, Postgraduate


Biodiversity, Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Ecology, Education, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Research


Alderney, Channel Islands, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.