Wildlife Ecology

Three month paid internship starting January 2023

We are offering this opportunity as part of an exciting programme of three-month Science project internships, for undergraduates and recent graduates, as part of the Centre for Forest Protection. This placement will be based at Forest Research and provides training in research and professional skills, as well as work experience with Great Britain’s principal organisation for forestry and tree-related research.

Salary: £23,098 per annum

Location of work This project will be based at Forest Research, Alice Holt, Farnham, Surrey. GU10 4LH.

Host Dept: Tree Health

Supervisor(s) Dr Robin Gill

Project details

The work within this internship will support projects aimed at developing methods for wildlife monitoring and investigating wildlife damage to trees.

You may be carrying out fieldwork such as setting up trail cameras for monitoring wildlife, conducting assessments of damage to trees caused by grey squirrels, supporting drone aerial surveys and carrying out ground surveys of vegetation structure. Desk/lab-based activities will also be part of the work and may involve collating relevant scientific literature and recording images captured on trail cameras. Other outputs may include producing summary data reports.

What you will gain through this internship:

  • Experience of working within an interdisciplinary team and contributing to a major UK research project.
  • Introduction to current mammal threats to UK forests.
  • Experience of data analysis and management.
  • Image management.
  • Research methods and skills.
  • Skills in Wildlife ecology.
  • Survey, monitoring, photographic and other field skills.
  • Opportunities to communicate science to non-science audiences.

Education and experience required:

  • A biological or ecological science background.
  • A proficiency in the use of the Microsoft office suite of software.
  • An understanding of and/or experience in field work.
  • An understanding of and/or previous experience in data analysis.
  • Previous use of ArcGIS would be desirable.

Personal skills required:

  • A keen eye for detail and attentiveness when performing repetitive tasks.
  • An effective team player.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • A willingness to listen, learn and adapt.
  • A self-starter able to manage their own time effectively.

For more information on the project Contact Dr Robin Gill (robin.gill@forestresearch.gov.uk)

To apply for this position Please email your C.V.  and details of two referees to Dr Suzanne Sancisi-Frey (suzanne.frey@forestresearch.gov.uk) together with a personal statement addressing the following questions:

  • Why you are interested in this post? (250 – 300 words)
  • How you feel you could contribute to the project? (250-300 words)

Please note, you must have the right to work in the UK.

 Closing date: 27th November 2022