Local recruitment: Science Coordinator


Oxford, UK 🇬🇧

Do you have a talent for research and a passion for engaging people on environmental issues?

Deadline: 19 March 2023

Location: Oxford Offices, UK / homeworking (hybrid), with frequent travel in the Oxfordshire area. 
Department: Science, Policy and Innovation
Reports to: Research Lead – Freshwater
Direct reports: None
Salary: £22,000 to £24,000 per annum, gross FTE
Contract: Fixed term – 12 months
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week (Mon-Fri) Flexible and part time options will be considered 
Deadline for application: 19 March 2023
Interviews: To be held virtually in the week commencing 27 April 2023

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


Do you have a talent for research and a passion for engaging people on environmental issues?

Earthwatch is recruiting for a Science Coordinator. The post holder will support the virtual and on-the-ground delivery of Earthwatch’s flagship citizen science project FreshWater Watch. They will also support the FreshWater Watch Team on engagement, technical and administrative aspects of ongoing research projects, including data analysis, citizen science training and management of field equipment. Work will be based locally in the Oxfordshire area, as well as remote support and training to our global community groups.

The FreshWater Watch programme uses citizen science to engage public and corporate audiences, bringing people together to create knowledge and to conserve and restore ecosystems. The ideal candidate will bring a good understanding of freshwater science and citizen science with proven experience in stakeholder engagement, data analysis, and report writing. They will be a proactive self-starter with excellent organisational and relationship management skills. We offer a friendly and supportive working environment, opportunity to learn and develop within the Science Coordinator role, and the chance to make a difference.

Earthwatch is an environmental charity with science at its heart. We drive the change needed to live within our means and in balance with nature. We do this by connecting people with the natural world, monitoring the health of our natural resources, and informing the actions that will have the greatest positive impact.

We are driven by people      We are powered by science       We connect with nature       We fight for our planet.


Role Purpose:

To provide scientific and administrative support to run and expand Earthwatch’s impactful water programme.  

Key Deliverables

  • Provide in-person and online scientific and logistic support for training events, public engagement events as part of the FreshWater Watch programme, in the Oxford area. 
  • Support volunteer management including responding to technical and practical enquiries, maintaining regular communications, and building rapport.   
  • Train participants to take part in citizen science activities with support from the research lead, this may include face-to-face training and online training anywhere in the world.   
  • Provide logistic support to (international) research partners during project set-up, delivery and dissemination.   
  • Conduct data processing, data analysis, and monitoring and evaluation for a range of projects, and contribute to reports and publications.   
  • Work with the Research Lead to contribute to innovative and impactful freshwater research.   
  • Coordinate field and sensor measurements in the Evenlode catchment as part of the Evenlode Catchment Partnership project.   
  • Support maintenance and development of FreshWater Watch application and Esri platform.   
  • 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.   
  • 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 such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post



  • A good understanding of applied environmental science including freshwater ecosystems, citizen science, sensor data, demonstrated through a degree in a relevant field and/or relevant work experience 
  • Friendly, outgoing manner and interest in engaging volunteers and science communication
  • Strong written and verbal communication  
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills    
  • Proven fieldwork, data analysis, statistics and report writing skills and a good understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles  
  • Written and spoken fluency in English.   
  • A personal passion for freshwater issues, the environment and public engagement.   
  • A pro-active self-starter who works on their own initiative: able to resolve issues and provide solutions and judge where issues need referring.  
  • Ability to travel to the office and study sites across Oxfordshire and the UK as required  
  • IT skills, experience with Microsoft office, including Word, Powerpoint and Excel   
  • Proven ability to deliver to agreed deadlines.  
  • Experience of working in a team.  
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Earthwatch. 


  • Skills in open-source data analysis softwares (e.g. RStudio) and GIS (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS)  
  • Experience in the delivery of citizen science projects 

Earthwatch is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences. We welcome and encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply, and we will consider all applications fairly and consistently. 

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment – a place where individuality is embraced and everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We value the benefits that different backgrounds, working approaches and ways of thinking can bring. 

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development