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Assistant Research Officer Terrestrial

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Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Town/City London
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 08/08/2020
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Sam Hope
Telephone 0207 613 2520
Fax 0207 613 2992
Email staffing@frontier.ac.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods.
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Job Title: Assistant Research Officer (Self-Funded Post)

Reporting to: Principal Investigator, In-Country Staff

Responsible to: The Directors of the Society & the Operations and Research and Development Managers, London HQ

Location: Terrestrial Field Projects in Costa Rica, Madagascar


This post is an opportunity for less experienced individuals to gain overseas field experience of research, project and volunteer management and training. Self-funding staff are also considered for paid posts at the end of their contracts.



To assist with all aspects of the research programme involving daily supervision of research team, data analysis and report writing.

- Assist the Principal Investigator with the development and implementation of the research programme

- Daily organisation and supervision of the survey programme

- Supervision, management and training of volunteers/assistants

- Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals

- Assist with project logistics and administration




- Assist the Principal Investigator in implementing the standard programme of research to cover each survey component depending on location, e.g. vegetation; ungulates; small mammals; bats, reptiles and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups, including millipedes, molluscs and butterflies;

- Assist the Principal Investigator in the accredited and non-accredited training of the volunteer Research Assistants and other project participants where necessary and supervise their implementation in the field survey;

- Assist the Principal Investigator or Project Coordinator in the management, support, motivation and development of volunteers / research assistants;

- Assist the Principal Investigator in managing the collection and processing of accurate field data, including specimen collection, for all survey components;

- Ensure that the specimens collected on each phase are adequately preserved;

- Produce sections of the technical reports and scientific papers to the schedule agreed with the Principal Investigator and the Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ);

- Assist the Principal Investigator in managing and supervising the maintenance of the project's scientific resources;

- Provide the Principal Investigator with regular (minimum quarterly) progress updates and ensure that these updates are passed on to the London HQ;

- Assist with the logistical operations relating to the project including administration and management of finances; production of accounts and reports; allocation, use and maintenance of project resources; management of local staff; and supervision of the activities of and ensuring the health and safety of project staff, volunteers and host country participants.



Contract Duration: An initial 6-month period with the possibility of extension.

Accommodation: Basic accommodation and food provided whilst at the field project site.

Travel: In-country ground travel costs to be provided.  International flights to be self-funded.

Subsistence: 6 months at a fee of £1000 to be paid quarterly. Fees to be paid by staff member to cover project participation, use of equipment and training.


Training: Training for the role will be provided before your deployment





- Graduate in an environmental or biological science discipline

- First aid qualification

- Relevant postgraduate qualification

- Knowledge of natural resource management & rural development


- Experience of data analysis & report-writing

- Minimum 3-month field research experience, preferably in a tropical environment 

- Experience of GIS applications

- Experience of working with NGOs


- Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills

- Administrative & time management skills

- Ability to train research assistants         

- Knowledge of ecological monitoring

- Technically orientated

- Knowledge of local language


- Demonstrable commitment to conservation

- Resilient & mature, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions

- Flexible approach

- Conscientious

- Ability to motivate others

- Physical fitness

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