Red List Research Assistant - BirdLife International

Application Deadline: 
10 Oct 2019


Red List Research Assistant


  • Location: Cambridge, UK

  • Full time: 35 hours per week

  • Duration: 1 year fixed-term contract, with potential for extension

  • Salary: £20,000 - £23,000 pro rata per annum (dependent on skills and experience), plus competitive 12% pension benefit

  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days

  • Start date: ASAP


BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.


We are looking for a Research Assistant to join our Science Division in the Global Secretariat, to support BirdLife’s work on assessing the IUCN Red List status of the world’s birds.



  • A degree in a relevant biological or environmental subject

  • Excellent oral and written English

  • Relevant bird conservation/research experience

  • Proven ability to work in a team and achieve shared goals

  • The right to work in the UK



  • A broad knowledge of the world’s bird species, their distribution and ecology, and of global conservation issues

  • A scientific approach, analytical mind and ability to collate and synthesise information and manipulate large data sets

  • Practical experience and skills in using GIS software to map species’ distributions

  • An understanding of how the IUCN Red List categories and criteria are applied to assess species’ extinction risk

  • Other languages would be beneficial


A detailed job description can be found at


Closing date: 10 October 2019


Application: Applicants should include a covering letter (max. 1 page A4) summarising their suitability and motivation for the position, a detailed CV (max. 2 pages A4), and contact details of two referees known to them in a professional capacity. Applicants will need to be eligible to work in the UK. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to:   

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in Cambridge on 30 October 2019.