Programme Officer (Freshwater)
The main tool employed in species assessments is the IUCN Red List. Since its conception by Sir Peter Scott in 1963, the Red List has become the most authoritative source of assessments on the conservation status of species in the world; it is now widely used to underpin decision-making and conservation action around the world. The Red List is the result of a massive data gathering and data management exercise produced by a vast partnership. The work is carried out by members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), by IUCN members and partners, with support from and in close association with the IUCN Global Species Programme.
In addition to the core work of the species assessments the FBU is implementing a number of other projects including studies on: the importance of freshwater species to people’s livelihoods; ecosystem services provided by freshwater species; climate change impacts on freshwater species; and important sites of freshwater biodiversity (Key Biodiversity Areas). The Programme Officer will be expected to input to aspects of all these projects.
The gross annual salary available for this position in Cambridge, UK is GBP 30,012.
1. As a contribution to the regular project work of the FBU:
• Take a lead in work relating to the identification and analyses of Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas at the European and Global scales.
• Input to data collation, statistical and spatial analyses, and reporting on the global status of freshwater biodiversity.
• Maintain regular communications with project partners, especially those involved in species distribution modeling.
• Take the lead, or provide close technical and scientific input to the lead author, on scientific publications.
2. As a contribution to the other work of the FBU:
• Assist in the ongoing species Red List assessment work as required.
• Facilitate at regional species assessment and review workshops as required.
• Provide assistance with spatial (GIS) and statistical analyses.
• Provide input to the ongoing broader consultation on the methodology for identification and designation of Key Biodiversity Areas. Assist other members of the FBU and partner organizations in applying these techniques and take part in relevant workshops.
3. As a contribution to the general operations of the FBU:
• Provide general assistance with the everyday running of the Unit.
• Help to develop new project funding proposals.
• Take a key role in the implementation of any new projects.
In addition to duties specific to the Cambridge Office, the Programme Officer may also collaborate with Global Species Programme staff in Gland, Switzerland and Washington, USA and members of the Species Survival Commission.
• Applicants should have, as minimum:
• A higher degree (MSc or PhD) in Conservation Biology or related field.
• A solid knowledge and understanding of freshwater ecology and species conservation.
• High proficiency in the use of computer software, particularly databases such as MS Access.
• Demonstrated proficiency in statistical analyses and programming languages such as “R”.
• Proven skills using GIS.
• Excellent editing and writing skills in English.
• Peer reviewed publications (of which you can provide examples).
• Project management experience.
• Good communication skills, experience of presenting scientific information to different audiences.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
In addition to the above requirements, the following skills and attributes would be advantageous:
• An understanding of approaches in Systematic Conservation Planning.
• Oversees work/travel experience.
• Prior knowledge of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
• Skills in web design, use of HTML, etc.
• Fluency in French and/or Spanish.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.
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