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Wytham student placement

Details of the student placement at Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire

Our Wytham site, run by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, has a one year vacancy for an undergraduate student.  The student is trained in and undertakes environmental monitoring at Wytham Wood, including associated laboratory and computer work.

Joe Rowland
"The time I have spent working for the ECN so far has been fantastic. It has given me the opportunity to experience a broad array of fieldwork sampling techniques. It has also allowed me to work with people specialising in varying areas of ecology and hydrology."
- Joe Rowland, placement student in 2013/14

About the placement

The Environmental Change Network (ECN) is the UK’s long-term integrated environmental monitoring and research programme. We gather information about the pressures from and responses to climate change in ecosystems. Our placement at Wytham is an opportunity for an undergraduate to work with us for one year. Applicants must hold a full clean driving licence and be prepared to work in the field and laboratory after training.

The successful applicant will undertake fieldwork on the Wytham Estate, near Oxford, which comprises of 400ha woodland and 370ha farmland. She/he will be based with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) at Wallingford, 13 miles south of Oxford.

The student will be trained in monitoring a range of organisms including butterflies, moths, ground beetles, bats, rabbits and deer, as well as assisting with vegetation recording. Experience will be obtained in measuring a range of physical variables including automatic and manual meteorology and atmospheric pollutants. Laboratory and computing skills will be developed. The student will also be expected to undertake and write up a short project of interest to themselves and ECN and there will be the opportunity for work experience with other research groups within CEH.

The vacancy begins at the start of September and runs for 50 weeks. Within the year there will be six weeks paid holiday in addition to 10.5 paid days off to cover Christmas, Easter and Bank Holidays.

Here you can read about one student's experience with ECN and CEH and view the student 'Hall of Fame'.

How to apply

Please contact the Wytham site managers (Dr Denise Pallett and Stefanie Schäfer) if you are interested in applying. The application process usually begins around 1 March, but you can contact them before then to express an interest.