Recruitment for voluntary board member of MammalWeb

Badger in bluebells trail cam (c) Anne Kelly

MammalWeb Limited is seeking a new director to diversify, enhance and extend the range of skills across its board. Find full details below.

Who we are

MammalWeb Limited is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee established in 2018 to support and develop the MammalWeb platform (www.mammalweb.org). MammalWeb is a "citizen science" platform intended to collate, validate and curate camera trap data that can inform us about the distribution and ecology of mammals.

Mammals are often elusive. Often coming out at night, and not in great numbers, it is hard to monitor their populations, where they are distributed, and how they behave. Knowing these things is important for a wide range of applications, including conservation and the sustainable development of our natural landscape.

MammalWeb's aims include:

  • To engage more members of the public in monitoring wild mammals, increasing awareness of this relatively secretive component of the wildlife around us.
  • To gain a better understanding of the distributions and behaviours of wild mammals and the factors that affect them.
  • To ensure consistent recording and curation of camera trap data, regardless of the purposes of its collection.
  • To provide a conduit for deposition of data in national archives.
  • To conduct research into the interpretation and analysis of the collated data, in order to provide a better understanding of the ecology and behaviour of target species.

Becoming a director of MammalWeb Limited

This is an exciting time in the development of MammalWeb. Although we are a fairly young organisation we have already been involved in lots of projects and partnerships. Originally working in the north east of England, projects now spread across the UK from the highlands of Scotland to the Cotswold canals, and include Scottish wildcats, red squirrels and pine martens. We are also working with partners across Europe to identify mammals from Croatia to Iberia. Other projects involve working directly with children and young people in schools, museums and a young offenders' institution.

The directors are members of the board, which meets virtually, once a month, for an hour; directors may also take on other activities outside of board meetings. Current directors include representatives from Durham University's departments of Anthropology, Bioscience and Computer Science, Durham Wildlife Trust and the National Wildlife Management Centre. Currently, we are primarily researchers and conservationists.

We seek applicants who are good strategic thinkers, can work collaboratively, and will engage with the broader aims of MammalWeb. We are particularly keen to hear from individuals with skills and experience in fundraising; branding; marketing; children and young people. Ideal candidates will add value to our board with their professional knowledge.

MammalWeb embraces diversity and we want to diversify our Board in terms of skills, gender, background and life experience. We welcome all applications and particularly individuals from BAME backgrounds and people with a disability as they are currently under-represented on our Board. We also welcome applications from individuals who reflect the wide range of socio-economic backgrounds in the UK.

Director roles are voluntary and without remuneration.

If you are interested in becoming a board member then please send a CV and brief covering email to admin@mammalweb.org. We will begin reviewing expressions of interest from 24th March, until the position is filled.