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Director of Science

Reference number: A0010520

Location: Flexible in UK

In this period of enormous political, economic, social, technological and environmental change, the RSPB is seeking a new Director of Science to help inspire a world richer in nature.

The RSPB is the largest nature conservation charity in Europe providing solutions to the climate and ecological emergency. We take effective action to keep common species common, recover threatened species, protect and restore wild places and connect people to nature.

We operate in the four countries of the UK, on the 14 UK Overseas Territories, the African-Eurasian flyway and globally where the need is great and where we believe we can make a tangible contribution. We have impact by working with and through partners including BirdLife International, academic institutes and government agencies.

All our work is underpinned by the best evidence thanks to our scientists who help identify and prioritise conservation problems, diagnose their causes, discover and communicate solutions to them, and test the efficacy of solutions when implemented. Increasingly, we work to understand people's relationship with nature, and the benefits they receive from it to help make the case for the conservation of nature.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the consequences of what happens when we do not respect nature, and the importance of connecting with it to lift our spirits. There are challenges, as well as opportunities, ahead of us to prevent, slow and repair the damage we are doing to wildlife and habitats. The new Director of Science will be at the forefront of finding solutions to these 21st century conservation challenges.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to attract, lead, retain and nurture the best scientific talent to enable the RSPB to be maximise its impact for nature and for people; to lead its scientific programme (both natural and social science) in all four countries of the UK and overseas; and to continue to ensure that all of the RSPB's work is underpinned by the best available evidence.

If you are such a leader, we would love to hear from you.

Salary starting at

£72,830 - £81,467 per annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Closing date: 5 June 2020
Interview date: 23 June 2020

How to apply

Our job information pack and accompanying role profile tell you all about the key result areas and the skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A0010520 on your application.

Role Profile (Word 111Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Job information pack (PDF 13655Kb, requires Adobe Reader)

Application details (Word 33Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Martin Harper

Send application details to
Emily De Gray