Full-time job based in Stanley, Falkland Islands. Competitive Salary (starting £31,795) and tax rates
Are you passionate about soils? Are you up for the challenge of being the principal contributor to a project preparing baseline data on soils, peatlands and erosion extent/risk on a small and remote community in the South Atlantic ocean? Are you tempted to work in a unique environment where soils support habitats for wildlife such as sea lions, elephant seals, albatrosses, penguins, sooty shearwaters, white-chinned petrels, prions and rare and endemic passerines and wild flowers? Are you interested in working in partnership with other experts in areas such as remote sensing, microbiology, biogeochemistry, conservation/restoration, land management, farm practice?
Soils are a crucial components of the Earth's system and must be understood and managed effectively to deliver sustainable food production for people and livestock, store carbon and nutrients and mitigate erosion risk. The Falklands have neither a soil map nor an accurate understanding of the extent and the state of the peatlands. Furthermore, soil erosion is a widespread, unevenly distributed and dynamic process across the islands due to dry and windy conditions, past uncontrolled grazing and sporadic natural fires. The improved agricultural land policy and the conservation of the carbon store in the fragile soils are medium/high priorities of the Islands’ climate change mitigation action plan.
The Soil Map Project Manager’s job purpose is:
To manage and deliver the DarwinPLUS083 funded project entitled “Soil map and online database as climate change mitigation tools”. The post holder will have knowledge of soil sciences and methodologies to carry out the scientific evaluations needed by the project. Additionally, the post holder will ensure that the project is delivered on time and on budget. The project will be delivered in the Falkland Islands from August 2018 to July 2020.
Essential criteria applicants should have include:
- Be qualified with a degree or greater (MSc) in soil science, agriculture, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, reactive transport, terrestrial ecology or related subjects
- A proven knowledge of soil science, including the fundamentals of the subject, such as the biological, chemical and physical properties of soils, and their spatial and temporal variability across the landscape
- Proven experience in conducting and leading a soil suvey, including organising the survey sample methodology, identifying soil types within standard classification systems (WRB), preserving and handling soil samples.
- Experience in project management
- Proven skills in interpreting the results of field and laboratory analyses of soils and how to integrate them into the soil classification system
- Proven evidence of stakeholders engagement and ability to disseminate science to a wider public