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Vacancy: Campaign Researcher (Cetaceans)

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

Six month contract

London, UK

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an international campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.

Background

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are increasingly subjected to human-induced threats, not just hunting but also climate change, bycatch, overfishing, pollution, shipping and marine litter. EIA’s campaign advocates the development of the conservation mandate of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in order to improve the conservation status of cetaceans worldwide. EIA also focuses on those countries that continue to hunt whales, dolphins and porpoises, providing strategic science-based data and other materials to inform decision-makers and other stakeholders. The successful applicant will be part of EIA’s cetacean campaign team, with a specific focus on researching the impact of environmental degradation and hunting on the world’s cetaceans.

Job Title: Campaign Researcher

Primarily Responsible to: Team leader, Cetacean Campaign.

The researcher will assist the cetacean campaign primarily through the production of two desk-based research projects dealing with environmental threats to cetaceans and conservation status of cetaceans suffering direct and indirect human-induced mortality.

The researcher will produce two clear, concise and fully referenced internal reports.

In addition, the researcher will assist the campaign team leader with general campaign and administrative duties where required, including but not limited to:
· Researching and preparing written and visual materials for presentation at meetings / events;
· Provide administrative support to the coordination of campaign strategies;
· Communicate campaign internally within EIA (e.g. attend campaign meetings);
· Responding to public enquiries;
· Outreach to NGOs and other stakeholders;
· Producing monthly activity reports.

Specifications:  EIA is a small campaigning organisation and the successful applicant will need to have good communication and people skills.   The post requires:
· a proven ability to conduct desk research;
· a science-based degree, preferably a post-graduate degree in biology or environmental science / conservation;
· good research and writing skills;
· attention to detail and an ability to provide a broad overview of the research topic as well as detailed breakdown of the current state of scientific knowledge on cetacean species and populations and environmental threats;
· ability to work to deadlines with minimal supervision.

The post is based in the London office of EIA and applicants must be eligible to work in the UK

Salary will be £19,800 p.a. pro rata

Please fill out the application form here and return it to Bill Dishington, EIA Head of Operations, at billdishington@eia-international.org by Monday, February 13, 2012.

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