Conservation Social Scientist
Location: Flexible
Salary: £27,574.00 – £30,590.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days annual leave, flexible working
Duration: 24 months – Full Time – 37.5 hours per week

The RSPB Centre for Conservation Science is looking for a talented social scientist to join our People Conservation Science section. You will be providing social science research and evidence to inform a new project investigating how conservation actions can spread through communities, with specific focus on the gardening behaviours of UK homeowners living on new build housing developments.

The project will examine what might motivate this audience to support and conserve wildlife where they live (with a specific focus on private gardens) as well as what barriers might exist to prevent engagement in such behaviour.

What’s the role about

This is a new, exciting, 2-year fixed-term post, reporting directly to our Principal Conservation Social Scientist, Dr Joelene Hughes. Using mixed methods (surveys, interviews, observations) the post holder will use the evidence captured from the research to inform the development of an intervention strategy. This strategy should help to identify actions that could be taken to build on existing motivations and address barriers to engagement to influence wildlife friendly behaviour. Subsequently the researcher will then develop and design research to test and evaluate the impact of any interventions identified in the strategy. The research will thereby provide evidence about what works in terms of influencing wildlife friendly gardening behaviour among residents on new housing developments. The researcher will be working with RSPB colleagues from outside the science department, and an external business partner who is funding the research. The post-holder will be expected to balance their own project work with some provision of general evidence-based social science advice to the RSPB project team. The post is a fixed term contract for 2-years working solely on the role defined.

What we need from you

  • Proven scientific background (e.g. a PhD or equivalent experience managing a project) in a relevant subject or topic (e.g. sociology, psychology, social network theory)
  • Experience of conducting experimental and quasi-experimental research using both qualitative and quantitative methods, including face-to-face interview techniques such as Key Informant interviews or leading focus group discussions, to collect unbiased data from individuals or small groups
  • Experience of managing and coordinating a small team of volunteers or field staff and providing team direction.
  • A methodical and rigorous approach to experimental design, data collection, data management and analysis ensuring data and results pass international peer-reviewed standards of scrutiny and audit.
  • Ability to communicate results appropriately to diverse audiences and stake-holders though various fora and media.
  • An understanding of the UK conservation context would be desirable.

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term

Closing date: 23:59, 02 June 2021

No agencies please.