Research Intern - Citizen Science Outcomes at Earthwatch

Research Intern - Citizen Science Outcomes

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: Intern (unpaid)

Department: Research

Salary: £10 per day towards expenses

Deadline for Application: April 01, 2014

Interviews: April 07, 2014 - April 11, 2014


To achieve our mission, Earthwatch provides a range of citizen science opportunities. This internship will support the Research team for around 6 months in Oxford (UK) to begin to examine the broader outcomes of Earthwatch citizen science programmes.


Earthwatch (Europe) is an international environmental non-profit organisation, whose mission is to engage people in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. To achieve our mission, Earthwatch provides a range of citizen science opportunities; partnering with universities, schools, businesses, governments, and other philanthropic organisations.


Background: Further to enhancing data collection, participation in citizen science projects can also have broader educational and conservation outcomes. Citizen science can foster new ways of thinking in volunteers; it can develop ecological literacy; an increased awareness of conservation issues; it can support a greater connection with local green spaces/wildlife; and foster pro-conservation behaviour/ environmental stewardship. Outcomes can occur at multiple scales (see Jordan et al 2012), including individual, programmatic and community level outcomes such as increased social capital, community capacity, and trust between scientists, managers, and the public.

Responsibilities include:

• Research design – work with the Research team in Oxford to identify opportunities and aid in the design and planning of research to examine citizen science outcomes such as described above, with the ultimate aim of publishing findings in peer reviewed journals. Includes thorough review of recent literature, including suitable social science methodologies.
• Data collection and analysis, report/ publication writing.
• Working with other departments, offices and stakeholders - the Research team collaborate closely with other departments such as Learning, Corporate Partnerships and Programme; work across international offices; and engage with a wide range of stakeholders globally.
• Supporting and representing Earthwatch at internal and external events.
• Assisting with local fieldwork (oc


• A university degree in geography, an environmental subject or social sciences (BSc, MSc or PhD).
• Experience of social science methodologies (for example questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and focus groups) and analysis.
• Writing scientific reports and academic papers.
• An interest in environmental issues, citizen science, conservation outcomes, environmental learning and behaviour.
• A pro-active mentality and ability to work independently.
• Meticulous attention to detail.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Good IT skills.
• Commitment and enthusiasm.


Alongside your covering letter and CV please provide:

- Your availability (days per week)
- Full contact information for three professional and/or personal references


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