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Job application FAQs

Do you accept speculative applications?

Unfortunately, we do not currently accept speculative applications. Please apply for specific posts that match your skills and experience.

Do I need a work permit?

Earthwatch is required by law to ensure that all of our employees have the legal right to work in the country that we employ them in. Earthwatch is not able to sponsor work permits or visas, so candidates must already have the right to legally work in the UK.

I missed the deadline; can I still submit an application?

Applications will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.

What is the latest time I can submit an application?

The deadline for all posts is midnight UK time on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise specified on the job advert. You will not be able to submit an application after this time.

I am having technical problems applying (e.g. my CV won't upload). Who can I contact?

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will help you with your technical issue. Please note that although we strive to answer every email as quickly as possible, it may be a week before you receive a response, particularly if you make a query over the weekend.

I have a disability. How can Earthwatch's application process accommodate my needs?

Earthwatch aims to ensure that our recruitment process is fair and accessible. Please note on your application whether you require additional support and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Do you provide feedback on unsuccessful applications?

Whilst we appreciate the time and effort put into completing your application, regrettably we do not have the resources to provide feedback to candidates who are not invited to an interview.

How will I be invited to interview?

All correspondence is sent via email. This way it is quick, easy and environmentally friendly. So please detail your email address on your application.

What if I am not available on the advertised interview date?

Our job adverts normally contain a specified interview date. If you are unable to attend on that date, please specify in your application. If we are able to accommodate an alternative date or time we will do so, but cannot guarantee that this flexibility will always be available.

I have been invited to attend an interview. What should I wear?

We recommend a smart-casual dress code for interviews.

Will you pay my travel expenses for attending the interview?

As we are a charity, unfortunately we are not able to pay travel costs.

How is the interview conducted?

All interviews will be conducted by a panel consisting of a minimum of two people, normally including the line manager of the vacant job.

If you are invited to attend an interview, you will be provided with full details including who you will be meeting, what you need to bring and information of any other selection methods that will be used, such as a presentation. You will also be asked if there are any particular arrangements or reasonable adjustments that could be made so you can fully and fairly participate in the selection process.

Earthwatch tends to hold a two-stage interview process, with successful candidates from the first interviews being invited to a second before a hiring decision is made.

We offer the option to interview via Zoom/Teams if you are unable to attend the interview in person, although if you proceed through the recruitment process we may require a face-to-face meeting before hiring.

Will my application be subject to any employments checks?

This will be dependent on the role you apply for. It will always be stated in the job description if checks will be carried out. DBS checks are carried out where a role may involve you working with children or vulnerable adults.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

At the interview you will be informed when you will receive feedback on whether or not you have been successful. We try to provide this as soon as possible. We will provide interview feedback where requested. All offers of employment are conditional subject to proof of right to work in the UK, receipt of references and any other requirements relevant to the job (for example a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check).

How does Earthwatch use and protect the personal information I provide?

Our full Candidate Privacy Notice can be found here:

The information you provide will be used to assess your application against the requirements for the job, to confirm references, verify educational background and qualifications, and for any other purpose relevant to your application and our recruitment processes. It will also be used for statistical purposes.

Your information will be held securely and access will be restricted to those who are involved in the recruitment process. By submitting an application, you consent to the processing of your personal data for the purposes described.

If your application is successful, your information will be retained and will form the basis of your employee file. Records of all unsuccessful applications will be kept by Earthwatch for a period of 12 months from the date that an appointment decision is notified. We may revisit previous applications should a further opportunity become available, but we do encourage people to also monitor any future advertised posts on our website.


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