Volunteer • Either • Temporary
Sectors: ecology, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife
Closing date: Friday, 24 April 2015
Earthwatch seeks a research intern for 3-4 days a week for 6 months, joining our programme on forest carbon cycling in fragmented temperate forests.
This is an opportunity to gain experience working on a long-term carbon monitoring project at Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire, led by our project scientists. Our experiment monitors changes in the carbon budget of the woodland due to climate.
As research intern for this project, you will help deliver science engagement with our volunteer field teams. You will gain further skills in a range of field techniques – highly relevant for a career in ecological science.
We are looking for a candidate who is personable, enthusiastic and willing to learn. This role involves public engagement, so you will need to be confident and friendly while working with people and communicating science. There is potential to shape the internship according to the interests and needs of the appointee, given the range of experimental work we run at Wytham.
The position is unpaid, however a £10 stipend is paid per day to help with travel expenses to our offices. You will need to be prepared and able to commute to Oxford during the internship.
Field Work (ca. 50% of time)
The number of days spent in the field will vary, with more time during summer. Tasks include helping to train our volunteers to ensure they have the best experience in the field, setting up new experiments, maintenance of experimental apparatus, and completing various tree- and soil respiration measurements. You will gain experience and knowledge in a range of techniques appropriate to woodland ecology.
Desk-based Work (ca. 50% of time)
The project requires data entry and management of our long-term databases. You will be involved with preparing data collection sheets and compiling project progress reports, while reading and reporting on relevant literature. There is potential to develop an individual research project around several long-term data sets, depending on your interests, skills and experience.
• A university degree in a science or environmental subject (BSc or MSc);
• Ability to work independently;
• Friendly, outgoing manner and interest in science communication;
• Experience of data collection, preferably outdoors;
• Attention to detail and commitment to completing tasks;
• An interest in environmental research and conservation issues;
• Ability to work in Oxford on a daily basis, including getting to Wytham Woods independently (ca. 4 miles from Oxford city centre; no public transport).
• Working with volunteers or other groups, especially out of doors;
• Experience of working with large data sets;
• Background in forest ecology.
• Contract length around 6 months, flexible according to candidate availability;
• Candidate must be able to take up the position in May or June 2015;
• Interviews will be during week commencing Tuesday 5th May;
• Expenses covered at £10 per day in the office;
• 3 to 4 days a week (intern’s choice), public holidays given;
• All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. Earthwatch cannot support visa applications.
Interested applicants are invited to send the following materials to the Earthwatch HR office email@example.com:
1. Current CV, detailing relevant experience;
2. One page cover letter;
3. Information on period of availability and number of days you can work per week;
4. Details of a two referees.
Closing date: Friday 24th april
Candidates will be contacted for interview shortly after the closing date. We may not be able to contact those who are not invited for interview.