Research Assistant (Freshwater)

Earthwatch Institute
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified


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Do you have a talent for research, a passion for environmental science and freshwater conservation, and the ability to successfully engage the public?

Earthwatch is recruiting for a Freshwater Research Assistant. The post holder will provide technical and administrative support to expand and maintain the impactful freshwater research programmes that are central to our new strategy. These programmes use citizen science to engage public and corporate audiences, bringing people together to create knowledge and to conserve and restore freshwater ecosystems. The ideal candidate will bring a good understanding of freshwater science and citizen science with proven experience in data analysis and report writing. They will be a proactive self-starter with excellent organisational and relationship management skills. We offer a friendly working environment and the chance to make a difference. 

Earthwatch is an international environmental NGO. Our mission is to empower people to save our planet. We do this, by creating knowledge and inspiring action through hands-on science and environmental engagement. We address big environmental challenges by working together with individuals, communities and organisations. We aim to create a global community that values and nurtures a sustainable planet.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK; Earthwatch is unable to support visa applications.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Role purpose:

To provide technical and administrative support to expand and maintain Earhtwatch’s impactful freshwater research programmes, that engage public and corporate audiences and contribute to greater understanding of freshwater ecosystems and effective strategies to conserve and restore them.

Key deliverables:

  • Work with the Research Manager and Senior Research Lead to contribute to innovative and impactful freshwater research using FreshWater Watch and other approaches. Support research development, delivery, fundraising, partnership working and knowledge dissemination by pro-actively organising meetings, coordinating communications, taking minutes and contributing to discussions, research proposals and documentation
  • Conduct data analysis and monitoring and evaluation for a range or freshwater projects, and contribute to publications.
  • Manage the logistics for training events, public engagement ‘blitz’ events, and field campaigns and provide logistic support to (international) research partners during project set-up, delivery and dissemination
  • Develop and manage effective working relationships with FreshWater Watch partners, participants, suppliers and stakeholders
  • Ensure that a comprehensive filing and information management system is in place and maintained, to enable collaborative working and efficient information sharing. Maintain the CRM database and manage key documents for project delivery
  • Support maintenance and development of FreshWater Watch, Earthwatch’s global freshwater citizen science (CS) platform and work with the IT team to optimise online project presence and functionality
  • Train participants to take part in FreshWater Watch and other projects with support from the research manager; screen participant forms; deliver high quality customer service
  • Develop, update and format communications and learning materials using standard templates
  • Provide support to the wider organisation as required.

The above list of job deliverables is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.


Person specification:

  • A good understanding of freshwater science, demonstrated through a degree in a relevant field and/or relevant work experience.
  • Proven data analysis and report writing skills and a good understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles
  • A personal passion for freshwater issues, the environment, sustainability and public engagement. Knowledge of the field of citizen science is desirable
  • Excellent relationship management skills and track record of effective partnership management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, and experience communicating with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills –able to multi task, work well under pressure, and does not need to be asked to do something twice. Experience with event management is highly desirable.
  • A pro-active self-starter who works on their own initiative: able to resolve issues and provide solutions and judge where issues need referring.
  • Committed to customer care and responsiveness.
  • Intermediate/advanced IT skills.
  • Proven ability to deliver to agreed deadlines.
  • Previous office work experience and experience of working in a team. Virtual team working experience in an international context is desirable.
  • Written/spoken fluency in English is required, fluency in one or more other languages is desirable.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Earthwatch.

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