Research Assistant

Location Northern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted 06/02/2024
Category Environment and Countryside
Temporary Opportunities
Job Type Temporary Vacancies
Closing Date 25/02/24
Start Date ASAP
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How to Apply

Once widespread and locally abundant in the uplands, the Twite has declined to almost extinction in England. It is estimated that there are less than 10 breeding pairs of Twite remaining in England, the majority of which breed in the South Pennines.

The England Twite Recovery Project (ETRP) was set up in 2008 and has put in place interventions to halt Twite declines over the past 15 years. We are looking for a Research Assistant to join the ETRP team to monitor and help to protect the remaining breeding Twite population in the South Pennines.

What we need from you:


  • The ideal candidate will have some fieldwork experience as part of a related degree, or one season's experience in non-professional bird surveys (e.g., WEBS, BBS)
  • Basic skills in the identification of upland birds
  • Ability to navigate using maps, compass and GPS
  • Experience of liaising with landholders/partners for good outcomes
  • Ability to work under their own initiative with limited supervision and happy to work alone in remote locations.
  • Understanding of health and safety risks associated with practical conservation work and working in the uplands
  • Capable of working long hours outside under difficult conditions. Walking long distances over difficult terrain will be required.
  • Capable of keeping accurate and legible records of data collected in the field
  • Experience of using Microsoft packages and inputting observations into Excel
  • Candidates must have a full current driving licence which is valid for use in the UK or have the ability to reach remote locations


  • Ability to identify Twite by sight and sound (training provided)
  • Nest finding and monitoring experience (training provided)

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