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 and R tutor to work at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex – Britain’s premier rewilding site.
The position will be split between:
- leading sessions that train school and university students in survey techniques, dependent on experience (e.g. camera trapping, DISTANCE sampling, standard search transects for herpetofauna, cover boards, small mammal trapping, bat walks); and
- delivering pre-written workshops on basic R coding and data analysis.
Applicants should have experience of working in the field with a biological undergraduate degree level or higher and should be comfortable using R Studio (ideally including the Tidyverse collection of packages such as ggplot2).
Experience of conducting similar field surveys would be ideal, but most important is a desire to learn and enthusiasm for teaching students about conducting field work. R workshops are already written and will be provided in advance of the summer to prepare and be trained in how to deliver them. This is an ideal opportunity for someone comfortable with the basics of using R to develop their skills through teaching.
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 between 8th June – 31st July 2022. 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.
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.