Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research expeditions. Research is supported by school and university students who pay to join the programme, to strengthen their CV/resume, build their own research experience or in the case of university students collect data for a dissertation or thesis. Academics benefit from funding for high quality fieldwork enabling them to publish papers in peer reviewed journals. This model enables the collection of large temporal and spatial datasets used for assessing the effectiveness of conservation management interventions.
We are looking for (preferably) a graduate in a relevant discipline with 2 -3 years employment experience, to work with Operation Wallacea (www.opwall.com) in the Middle East to help with marketing biodiversity research expeditions around the world to 16 18 year old students at schools in the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. Opwall has a policy of developing subcontracted businesses both as part of delivering the logistics for the research expeditions and also for the various sales offices around the world.
We have experience of marketing these biodiversity research expeditions to international schools around the World, and in all countries so far investigated there is a demand and what we are offering to the schools is a unique product. Market research and initial set up has taken place in the UAE, interest and a demand for the expeditions we offer. The successful candidate will need to build on this initial work and further build this market into a sustainable business.
The person appointed for this contract needs to have a good knowledge of ecological assessment techniques both marine and terrestrial, have a good speaking ability and be prepared to learn the details of a series of biodiversity research projects around the world. It is essential that the appointed person has the drive and organisational skills to develop their own business. The contract will require the appointee to spend a couple of weeks in early March in the UK being trained in the expeditions and the sales approaches to be used. In addition, it is a requirement that the appointed person joins the Opwall research expeditions from mid-June to mid-August each year to assist with the management of these projects in one of the projects in Africa, South America, Caribbean, Central America or Europe.
Proficient using of Microsoft office
Highly organized with good time management
Highly motivated and able to work alone and as part of a team
A confident and enthusiastic presenting style
Great interpersonal skills
Field research experience
BSc degree or higher in Ecology or a related subject
Proven business management
For more details of the project please email Charlotte Palmer (charlotte.palmeropwall.com) with your CV/resume, contact details and Skype address before Friday 26 January 2016.