The Natural History Museum is one of the top five most-visited cultural institutions in the UK. Our strategy is focussed on creating advocates for the planet; we use our vast collections, science and public reach to support people in engaging with the natural world and understanding our place within it.
The Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum was originally created in 1995 as a living exhibition illustrating lowland habitats of the UK. The garden is actively managed to promote biodiversity and illustrate the potential for urban wildlife. It is an excellent learning resource for all visitors to enjoy, connect with and learn about the natural world.
The Museum is now undertaking an ambitious programme to transform its outdoor space through the Urban Nature Project, with the aim of improving its visitor welcome, enhancing visitor access and engagement on-site and catalysing national action in support of the UK’s biodiversity. In the eastern gardens, visitors will explore the story of life on Earth. The western grounds will focus on changing habitats and our dependency on the natural world for a sustainable future. The plans include an expanded Wildlife Garden that will support a range of native plants and animals, as well as a new learning and activity complex. A programme of volunteering, training and public engagement activities will reconnect people to nature, celebrate, understand and protect UK urban biodiversity and help create advocates for the planet.
The Ecologist and Volunteer Manager will supervise biodiversity species identification and monitoring in the Wildlife Garden, undertake garden tasks including habitat management, species monitoring and public engagement and support a diverse group of volunteers. Additionally, they will train staff, volunteers and members of the public in species recording and identification techniques, and contribute to the delivery of events and activities.
To be successful in this role you will have significant practical Ecology experience, identification and monitoring skills and knowledge of UK biodiversity, including the ecological and habitat requirements of different communities. You will also have experience of working with, supervising and training volunteers.
For a full job description and to submit an application, please visit the Natural History Museum website.