Senior Research Manager at Earthwatch

Senior Research Manager

Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that engages people in scientific field research and education. To achieve our mission, we offer research expeditions at exciting locations around the globe. Participants on these expeditions assist top scientists as they investigate important questions about how we can better protect our planet.

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Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Department: Programme

Salary: £36,000 to £41,000

Deadline for Application: May 29, 2017

Interviews: June 09, 2017


Earthwatch is recruiting for a Senior Research Manager to manage the delivery and dissemination of our citizen science projects.


Role purpose:

To manage the effective delivery and dissemination of an inspiring portfolio of impactful citizen science projects in line with Earthwatch strategic priorities

Key Deliverables:

  • Develop and deliver Earthwatch Europe’s citizen science strategy, working closely with the Director of Engagement & Science and the senior leads on engagement and project development
  • Oversee and manage a portfolio of citizen science research projects aimed at both public and corporate audiences. Establish and maintain relationships with external principal investigators (PI’s), identifying suitable PI's where needed; operate as a first port of call for queries relating to ongoing research
  • Ensure that projects are delivered to a high standard, on time and within budget, line-manage project staff, forecast and manage project budgets and manage team capacity and capability
  • Oversee the delivery of projects ensuring they remain impactful and focused on key scientific questions for which the model of citizen science can make a tangible difference to knowledge and understanding, in line with citizen scientist’s motivations. Work with the impact manager to monitor and improve engagement and science activities, outputs and outcomes and work closely with other colleagues to integrate scientific research and opportunities for learning and engagement
  • Ensure project impact is created through both research outputs and personal learning for participants. Maximise impact through identifying and facilitating opportunities for influencing and policy change
  • Build and maintain a network of international science and social science researchers; collaborating with them and internal research staff to deliver high quality projects
  • Contribute to the fundraising and corporate partnership development required to expand and evolve ongoing projects
  • Raise the profile of Earthwatch and advocate for its citizen science through attendance at strategic external events
  • Effective and inspiring management of the Research Managers
  • Contribute to wider organizational priorities as required


Person Specification:

  • Strong background in and knowledge of environmental science (PhD or equivalent), with an understanding and appreciation of the challenges of field science and research on a wide range of topics
  • Demonstrable personal enthusiasm for citizen science and an excellent understanding of the current developments in this field
  • Knowledge and understanding of sustainability agendas in the UK, Europe and Internationally
  • Substantive experience in project management, including strategic project development, budget management, creating capacity and capability and effective monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to manage and develop a team, ideally with previous line management experience
  • Ability to translate strategy into actionable plans which deliver against organisational objectives
  • An established international research network
  • Credible and persuasive, able to represent Earthwatch externally
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to convey information clearly and concisely
  • Excellent understanding and experience of the peer reviewed scientific publication process. Experience of direct policy influencing is highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build effective relationships
  • Proven ability to manage competing requirements and deliver on time
  • International work experience highly desirable
  • 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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