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Red List Research Assistant

Red List Research Assistant

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
 
We are looking for a Research Assistant to join our Science Division in the Global Secretariat, to support BirdLife’s work on assessing the IUCN Red List status of the world’s birds.
In short
• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Duration: 1 year fixed-term contract, with potential for extension
• Salary: £20,000 – £21,000 pro rata per annum (dependent on skills and experience), plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
• Start date: ASAP, and ideally by May 2021
Main duties

Supporting BirdLife’s IUCN Red List assessments for the world’s birds, including:
• collating, synthesizing and analysing new published and unpublished information on status,
distribution and threats to each species
• updating data fields and text accounts, and running Red List assessments in the Species
Information Service (SIS) database
• improving and updating BirdLife’s digital distribution maps of the world’s birds using published
and unpublished information and correspondence with experts
• improving other relevant datasets on species
• contacting reviewers to update and check this information, and incorporating such updates
• working with colleagues in Science, Information Management and Communications to help
deliver completed Red List updates in a timely fashion

Applicant requirements
 Essential:
• A degree in a relevant biological or environmental subject
• Excellent oral and written English
• A scientific approach, analytical mind and ability to collate and synthesise information 
• Practical experience and skills in using GIS software to map species’ distributions
• Relevant bird conservation/research experience
• Proven ability to work in a team and achieve shared goals
 
Desirable:
• A broad knowledge of the world’s bird species, their distribution and ecology, and of global conservation issues
• Experience in applying the IUCN Red List categories and criteria to assess species’ extinction risk
• Ability to manipulate and analyse large data sets
• Other languages would be beneficial
More information & Application
For more information on this job, visit the website of Birdlife International: https://www.birdlife.org/job/red-list-research-assistant-3
 
Closing date: Wednesday 31 March 2021
 
Applicants should include a covering letter (max. 1 page A4) summarising their suitability and motivation for the position, a detailed CV (max. 2 pages A4), and contact details of two referees known to them in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: recruitment@birdlife.org 
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held remotely (via Zoom) in mid-April 2021.