Principal Conservation Scientist

The RSPB Centre for Conservation Science is looking for a talented and experienced person to lead a team providing social science research and evidence in support of the wide portfolio of work of the RSPB.

Principal Conservation Scientist
Reference: A4091219
Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire
Salary: £34,643 to £37,529 per annum
Terms: Full time, Permanent

Support is required primarily across our UK policy, conservation practice and people engagement operations. There is also a need for some support for our international projects, requiring occasional foreign travel.

The post requires you to have a doctorate, a good working knowledge of a range of disciplines relevant to conservation social science (e.g. social psychology, political ecology, behavioural economics or anthropology) and preferably at least five years experience of problem-solving research work in the conservation sector.

You will need to build and maintain relationships with key external decision-makers using high standard oral and written communications to influence funding, policy and other key decisions. You will have experience doing experimental and quasi-experimental research using both qualitative and quantitative methods and be skilled in using face-to-face interview techniques e.g. Participatory Appraisal, Key Informant interviews or Focus Group Discussions, to collect unbiased data from individuals or small groups.

You will have a track-record of winning funding for scientific research, taking multiple scientific projects from study design to completion, publishing the results efficiently in peer-reviewed journals and communicating results to diverse audiences and stake-holders though various fora and media. You will need to be extremely familiar with the process of ethical approval for work on human subjects and have experience training colleagues and partners in appropriate data collection protocols.

Closing: 20 January
Interview: 29 January

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