Principal Research Officer, Wetland Science

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Jan 2022

WWT Slimbridge, with travel to field sites in the Severn Vale area

37.5 hours per week – Monday to Friday

Fixed term contract until March 2023

WWT’s Conservation Evidence department comprises a rapidly growing team of scientists, which provides the evidence that underpins the work of WWT. We use a wide range of inter-disciplinary methods, across the social and ecological sciences to deliver high-quality conservation science. We work in collaboration with multiple NGO and academic partners, and a number of PhD students, across the UK and overseas. Above all, we have impact: our research diagnoses problems and identifies solutions, and in doing so we shape policy and action for global wetland conservation.

The Conservation Evidence Department is seeking an experienced Wetland Scientist to lead the research component of WWT’s flourishing floodplains project. Work will focus on gathering evidence around the connectivity and carbon storage in small lowland wetlands (such as farm ponds) and floodplain meadows. You will be a motivated and adaptable individual able to support a small team of researchers in both laboratory and field settings. The role will involve working closely with project partners (externally) and project managers (internally) so strong communication skills are essential. There will be frequent travel to field sites in the South West of England not all of which are accessible by public transport, so a driving licence is essential.  

You will have a strong background in freshwater ecology and a well-developed understanding of scientific design, implementation and reporting. Specialist skills in wetland species/habitat monitoring, molecular biology, freshwater carbon storage and/or network analysis would be advantageous.

This post is funded by the Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund (GRCF). The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • - 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service
  • - Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • - Life assurance
  • - Free parking and secure bike storage area
  • - Cycle to work scheme
  • - Free entry to all our centres

For more information, and to apply for the role, please visit

Interview date:  21st January 2022

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410

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