Overview

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes across 13 countries worldwide. We are funded by, and rely on, teams of student volunteers who join expeditions for the opportunity to work on real-world research programmes alongside academic researchers.

We are currently recruiting a general ecologist to work at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex – Britain’s premier rewilding site.

The position will involve leading sessions that train school and university students in survey techniques. These would include camera trapping, DISTANCE sampling, standard search transects for herpetofauna, cover boards, small mammal trapping, opportunistic bat walks or a combination of these depending on experience.

Applicants should have experience of working in the field with a biological undergraduate degree level or higher or equivalent experience. Experience of conducting similar work would be ideal, but most important is a desire to learn and enthusiasm for teaching students about conducting field work. In return, successful applicants receive full accommodation and food onsite, networking and skills development, and of course the opportunity to learn about how rewilding works.

The positions will be filled as and when we find suitable candidates so if you are interested please apply as soon as you can to give yourself the best chance. The position involves working with minors so if successful you will be asked to complete a background check.

The season will run from 17th July – 17th August 2024. Please identify which dates you can do if you are not able to complete all, since there are likely to be multiple applicants for this post and we may be able to split the role between two or more people.

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About Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programs across 13 countries worldwide.