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Marine Ecologist (Ramsar Officer)

Salary: Voluntary pacement with accommodation provided. The AWT will help to assist placement staff in securing part time paid work in parallel to their placement.

Closing date: Friday 6th December 2019

This is a focused work placement where you will be expected to take on significant levels of responsibility leading on a defined programme of work, working with volunteers, and helping to write/support research proposals. Successful candidates will have to engage directly with all levels of the community from fishermen to politicians.

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.

Main duties

  • Working as part of the Alderney Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Team.
  • Leading on the AWTs commitment to the Alderney Ramsar Strategy 2017-21 as laid out in the 5-year strategic plan and the 2020 Annual Action Plan, coordinating and undertaking work, including;
  • securing permissions and liaising with the States of Alderney, the Scientific Steering Group and key stakeholders.
  • ecological surveys (i.e. seabird population and productivity, marine habitat and species surveys).
  • environmental awareness through events, publications, radio, TV and newspaper interviews, crewing the AWT’s boat where necessary and acting as an ambassador for the Site and the AWT.
  • coordination of volunteers.
  • data analysis, report writing and presenting.
  • Managing the relationship between the AWT and Scientific Steering Group (with representatives of States of Jersey, RSPB and BTO), exchanging emails, keeping them informed of developments and co-ordinating their annual meeting.
  • Maintaining relationships with partners including British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), University of Liverpool, University of York, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the States of Alderney (SoA).
  • Supporting the AWT’s Head of Outreach in delivering web-based and physical publications. This may include writing articles, designing resources and activities for social media, the AWT membership magazine and the education project LIVE: Teaching Through Nature (
  • Supporting the AWT team in delivering public events and activities under the ‘Discover Alderney’ programme.
  • Assisting in other aspects of the operation of the AWT as required.
  • Assisting in the hiring process, training and handover to the 2021 Marine Ecologist/Ramsar Officer.


Personal Specification

The role requires

  • A self-motivated and focused person wanting to benefit from their time in this role.
  • A background in Ecology/Biology/Marine Biology, minimum BSc or equivalent, or two years relevant work experience.
  • Strong interest in seabird ecology and/or marine ecology.
  • Field work experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent data management and reporting skills.
  • Flexibility, positivity, excellent organisational skills.

Desirable experience

  • Seabird monitoring experience.
  • Marine flora and fauna identification skills.
  • Marine field work and video analysis experience.
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Experience of working on boats.
  • Full, clean driving licence.

The structure of the work placement will be as follows:

  • The placement includes two return flights 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 utilities, a 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 one-month probation period, overseen by the AWT’s CEO. Placement staff will receive in house training on equipment including boats, radio and survey 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. 


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How to Apply
Please download or email to request the application form and return it to and provide a covering letter which explains why you would like this position.
If you would like further details regarding the role you can contact 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, ideally in January 2020.

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