Project Manager at Earthwatch

Project Manager


Earthwatch is an international environmental charity established in 1971. Our mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Through our programmes and partnerships, we engage people from diverse countries, cultures and organisations, inspiring them to take responsibility for the environment.

This position is no longer recruiting!

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Department: Programme

Salary: £30,000 to £33,000

Deadline for Application: 28 August 2017

Interviews: 07 September 2017


Earthwatch is recruiting for an experienced Project Manager to develop and deliver our exciting new environmental citizen science project related to urban biodiversity, the ‘Naturehood’ project.


Role Purpose:

To manage a new ambitious UK-wide citizen science project that aims to restore and connect people to wildlife on their doorstep.

Key Deliverables:

Project development:

  • Work closely with the Senior Research Manager to develop a scientifically impactful and highly engaging urban biodiversity citizen science project, including communication, engagement and research strategies, managing relationships with external project partners, bid writing and budgeting, as well as establishing a monitoring and evaluation framework for ‘Naturehood’
  • Build and maintain effective collaborations with relevant external partners, including other NGOs and academic institutions to maximise engagement outreach and scientific relevance and impact
  • Work closely with the Senior Research Manager and external partners to establish ‘hubs’ across the UK
  • Work with the Senior Engagement Manager to develop a school programme aligned with ‘Naturehood’ to train teachers and engage students in citizen science activities in a total of 15 schools per year in ‘hubs’
  • Stay up to date with innovative urban biodiversity engagement, science and citizen science projects as well as relevant IT developments and advise and update the organisation accordingly

Project management:

  • Ensure the project is resourced, budgeted, reported and delivered on time and aligns with Earthwatch organisational mission and business plans and complies with Earthwatch global standards and protocols
  • Ensure ‘hubs’ are managed effectively for maximum engagement outreach and scientific impact individually as well as collectively
  • Effective line management, including remote management of Community Officers (based in ‘hubs’)
  • Work closely with the Research Manager to ensure scientific relevance, dissemination and impact of ‘Naturehood’
  • Work with the Communication and Fundraising team to identify and support fundraising and communication opportunities
  • Work with the IT team to optimize online project presence and functionality
  • Work with the Impact Manager to monitor and improve engagement and science activities, outputs and outcomes
  • Support the establishment of ‘Naturehood’ in other locations as required
  • Attend strategic external events to promote and demonstrate Earthwatch citizen science projects
  • Contribute to wider organisational priorities as required


Person Specification:

  • Strong background in and knowledge of ecological, conservation or environmental science (ideally MSc or equivalent)
  • Proven track record in effectively managing complex projects, including ability to manage competing requirements, prioritize effectively, deliver on time and budget management
  • Project management qualification desirable
  • Ability to manage and develop a team, with previous line management experience
  • Excellent relationship management skills and track record of effective partnership management
  • A demonstrable passion for citizen science and an understanding of the specific challenges and current developments in this field
  • Experience of citizen science or volunteer programmes
  • A strong communicator, used to speaking to a wide range of stakeholders including both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • A demonstrable passion and enthusiasm for environmental issues, which enables you to engage others
  • Flexible, self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Fluency in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Practical fieldwork experience is highly desirable
  • Driving License preferable
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Earthwatch

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


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