Ecology Survey Assistant
During the busy survey season (April-September) we take on a number of casual survey assistants to support our ecologists in conducting a range of ecological and protected species surveys. The role will primarily be supporting dusk and dawn bat surveys although there may be opportunities to gain experience in other areas of ecology work.
This role requires little experience and is ideal for those that are studying or new to the ecology sector. Assistants are primarily required for dusk and dawn surveys so the role can also be worked around other employment or studies.
As a casual surveyor you will be carrying out nocturnal surveys to determine whether there are bats roosting in a building or structure.
Our main client for this year is Sheffield City Council who require surveys on their social housing stock which is scheduled for refurbishment. This year’s sites are located in Beighton, Crystal Peaks, High Green, Whancliffe Side and Grenoside. There will be other sites that come up as well where our clients are planning building and renovation works and need to make sure they know if there are bat roosts before starting work.
We offer shifts a week or two ahead of time and you will be able to apply for them to suit your schedule. There is no minimum amount of shifts that you will be expected to complete.
Our surveys take place either at dusk or dawn.
– Dusk is from 20 minutes before sunset to 1 hour 30 afterwards with the potential to go on for an extra 30 minutes depending on the species of bat we expect or record.
– Dawn is from 1 hour 45 before sunrise to 15 minutes afterwards.
Our surveying shifts have time added before and after the start so that we can issue surveying equipment and collect it afterwards.
The majority of shifts are Monday to Thursday with occasional Fridays or weekends depending on our clients needs.
No prior experience of bat surveying is required as we offer a paid training shift to get you started if you need one. We can offer 3 or 4 of these a week. An Ecologist or member of Wildscapes CIC staff will always be on site and surveyors are never expected to work alone. If surveyors need to be positioned at intervals around a building etc then they will always be within eyesight or walkie talkie range of each other. Please note that whilst this role can be very varied and exciting, surveyors will need to be prepared to spend a number of hours simply sat quietly, listening and observing a particular location.
Surveyors are expected to make their own way to site although there may be opportunities to car share. Due to the shifts being primarily during unsociable hours, we tend to advise against the use of public transport or walking/cycling during darkness. Whilst there is generally somewhere close to each site for car parking, we cannot guarantee there will be a secure location for bicycles to be left.
The rate of pay is the National Living Wage of £9.50p/h and this includes travelling time.
How to Apply
We’re not currently recruiting for survey assistants for the 2022 season. Please check back at a later date or follow us on social media for updates.
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