Conservation Researcher

Location: London, UK

Type: Contractor hours as needed (part-time, 2 days a week for 3 months, with potential for extension). Competitive Day Rate dependent on experience



On The Edge is a London-based charity on a mission to emotionally reconnect people with the wonder of nature through innovative, entertaining, social-media-based storytelling. We are especially interested in reaching youth who do not engage with traditional nature storytelling. By fostering a reconnection with the natural world, our stories aim to create advocates for its protection and restoration. While we are media focused, On the Edge is also a science-based, grant-giving organization that funds conservation projects around the world and tracks their impact. Based in London, we are proud of our small, fast-growing and talented team, who are united by their passion for nature and creating positive change.

Role Overview

The Conservation Researcher will help to bridge the Science and Conservation team and the Communications team, ensuring quality research supports the expansion of social media content across video, animation, infographics, and other digital storytelling formats. They will undertake research for content creation across Instagram, Twitter, and other channels, as well as in support of broader communications projects such as documentaries, and as needed in support of our science and conservation goals. 

The role will report to Nisha Owen, Director of Conservation. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Content Research: Research interesting and exciting topics suitable for: 

    • short-form communications projects to illuminate the story of our natural world, which will be used across a variety of platforms, including Tiktok, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

    • long-form communications projects, such as mini-documentaries for our regional campaigns, longer documentaries developed in partnership with production companies, newsletters and blog posts.

  • Support for Content Creators: Provide targeted research as needed to support external collaborators, such as social media content creators, comedy writers, and other OTE partners in creating content. 

  • Fact-checking: Rigorously fact-check content in final stages of production, prior to publishing, including sharing as needed with the Science and Conservation team.

  • Twitter: Develop twitter posts that stay abreast of current environmental affairs, highlight new findings worldwide, and promote our conservation and science work and grantees.  

  • Supporting OTE Science / Conservation & Grantee content in communications: assist the Programmes Officer to collate and where necessary undertake broader research to maintain up to date content on OTE’s science and conservation activities and grantees, identifying newsworthy findings and updates to be included in content creation, helping bridge the Communications and Science/Conservation teams

  • Key Requirements

  • Experience undertaking conservation-related research is essential, this could be from academic work (e.g. post-graduate level studies) or gained through research-related roles

  • Experience undertaking research for science or natural history communications is desirable 

  • Experience as a science or natural history communicator, whether offline or online/on social media, would be an advantage

  • Undergraduate degree in environmental or conservation-related subject required, post-graduate degree desirable

  • Proficient in desk-based research, including searching, identifying, and critically assessing credible information sources to produce accurate facts and figures

  • Able to find and keep up to date with information around current issues and topical debates

  • Proficient in collating and concisely summarising research, including referencing sources

  • Proficient in English writing

  • Ability to meet project deadlines and independently manage workload

  • Ability to work cross-collaboratively with creative and science teams

  • Attention to detail

  • Knowledge of nature conservation and a keen interest in the environment

  • Understanding of copyright laws and risks of plagiarism

  • Awareness of relevant conservation and media stakeholders that produce relevant materials, information, or news 

How to apply Please, send the materials listed below to

  • CV

  • Cover Letter specifying why you think this role is right for you, and indicating your daily contractor rate. 

  • A sample demonstrating research ability – this could be an academic paper, project report, thesis, or popular science communication such as a referenced blog post or article.


Contracted hours of 2 days per week for 3 months, with potential for extension. 

Closing Date

Please send applications no later than Monday 18th April 2022.