Applications now open for Ecology Research Assistant role

Applications now open for Ecology Research Assistant role
Experience with ecological fieldwork and strong plant and invertebrate taxonomic skills are important in this role

This role is based in Oxford, England and we are unable to sponsor visas for short term positions.

This research assistant will join the the Agile Sprint 3 team, which is working on providing tools, evidence and policy guidance to scale up Nature-based Solutions in the UK. Reporting to Emily Warner, the research assistant will work independently to provide research support for the ecological work package. This will include ecological fieldwork: collecting evidence of biodiversity outcomes of forest creation methods at The Carbon Community experiment in Wales , assessing carbon stocks and biodiversity in created habitats at Hogacre Common Eco Park in Oxford and assessing the potential for natural woodland regeneration and designing a tree planting experiment at a Wychwood Forest Trust site in Oxfordshire. Alongside the fieldwork, the research assistant will assist with development of the other ecological outputs of the project. This could include trialling a biodiversity monitoring framework, contributing to the development of methods to ground truth mapping, collating evidence on methods to maximise the ecological outcomes of habitat restoration, and writing up project outputs.

We are seeking a candidate with a grounding in ecology and awareness of UK environmental policy, alongside experience of ecological fieldwork and strong taxonomic skills for plants and invertebrates. You will lead data collection on above and belowground invertebrates and plant communities within The Carbon Community experiment and support the collection of data at Hogacre Common and the Wychwood Forest Trust site, including collection of soil carbon samples and processing the samples. You will be responsible for contributing to the fieldwork design, implementing the fieldwork plan, identification of invertebrate samples, supporting data analysis and contributing to relevant publications. You will also support Master’s students working on the project. You will have an enthusiasm for outdoor fieldwork and be willing to spend some of the fieldwork period camping (with use of field station facilities) at The Carbon Community experiment.

The role runs from 1st May through 31st August 2023 and the deadline to apply is 10th March 2023.

Please read the full application description for details on how to apply.