REP Project

April 25, 2024

Limestone Pavement Conservation

Photo shows limestone pavement habitat with hillside in the background

Location: Lancaster.

6-week placement.

Limestone pavements are a rare and valuable habitat. For this research experience placement you will join a project working to improve the conservation of limestone pavements. You will contribute to various aspects of the project including helping with botanical data collection in the field, assisting with the development of survey methods for limestone pavements, data entry and assisting with the establishment of a group focussed on communicating research findings to conservation practitioners. Depending on your interests there is also the potential to develop skills in data analysis, laboratory analysis, report writing, GIS and public outreach and engagement.

During this placement you will be trained in the identification of plants, an important employment skill which is an important employability skill. You will also gain experience of field survey techniques, working within a scientific team and working together with landowners and conservation organisations.

This project will involve time spent in the field so you should be prepared to work most of the day outside, sometimes in adverse weather, and to undertake long walks.

Please note that the application deadline for this project is 22nd May.

To apply

We encourage applications from students from all backgrounds. Please check you meet the eligibility criteria before completing the EDI Form 2024 ; this form is a mandatory part of the application process, but contains ‘prefer not to say’ options for all questions asked.

Once you have completed the online data collection form you will receive an email with the application form and details of how to apply to the supervisor. The application form should be completed and emailed to the lead supervisor along with a reference from your personal tutor.