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What we offer

Working hours and flexibility

Our full-time employees work 35 hours a week. Depending on your role, start and finish times can be agreed between employee and manager around core hours. Where possible, we also offer part-time working and other flexible arrangements.

Flexible homeworking arrangements

Earthwatch is committed to promoting flexible working in order to facilitate effective and efficient working. We have a flexible approach to homeworking wherever it's possible.

Annual leave

You will receive 25 days of holiday per year, plus public holidays (we close the Earthwatch office between Christmas and New Year and three days of leave need to be reserved for this). Annual leave is pro rata for part-time and fixed-term employees.

Sick pay

Earthwatch offers enhanced sick pay which increases with length of service.


Your pension contribution of 2% will be matched by a contribution from Earthwatch of 5%.

Life assurance

We will make a single payment of three times your salary as life assurance to the person or persons you choose.

Voluntary Health Cash Plan

Earthwatch employees have the opportunity ​to join a voluntary Health Cash Plan - giving you the ability to claim money back on a variety of health and wellbeing expenses such as eye care, dental, massage, osteopathy, physiotherapy, scans and much more.

Employee assistance programme

A 24/7 free confidential employee assistance helpline, including access to confidential counselling.

Public transport loan

After completing your probation period, you will be able to apply for an interest-free loan to cover public transport costs.

Cycle scheme

An interest-free loan with repayments made over 12 months by salary exchange, which gives exemption from income tax and National Insurance.

Gym membership discount

A 10% discount for direct debit memberships at Oxford City Council fitness facilities, including gyms, swimming pools and the ice rink.

Study leave

Once you have completed your probation period, you can apply for up to five days' leave to facilitate your study (approval of leave and whether it is paid or unpaid is dependent on relevance and affordability).

Discounted expeditions

Earthwatch on occasion offers discounted places on its expeditions to employees (and their families and friends). Annual leave must be used for these.


What can we say? We like cake at Earthwatch and will use any reason, or no reason, as an excuse to eat it. You have been warned!

Hear from our employees

  • “I am in the science team and I work longer (8hrs plus lunch) hours, four days a week. This flexible working hours arrangement allows me to have a better life-work balance. While it allows me to be in a profession I feel passionate about and develop my career, I can have one full day to enjoy with my little daughter. Earthwatch has always been great at listening to staff and caring for us, supporting us in personal matters.”                                                    Macarena Cardenas, Researcher
  • "Honestly, I’ve never worked anywhere which is as family friendly as Earthwatch. The flexibility of working hours and location makes it much easier to balance work with family life."                                Steve Andrews, CEO
  • “I’ve valued access to the health cash plan so much, it provides me with the support to keep up with regular costs such as dental and new glasses. The best part of the HCP is that it allows me to access additional health and wellbeing support that otherwise would be a financial stretch, from regular physio, deep tissue and sports massage to counselling support. The health cash plan allows me to prioritise my health regularly, with very little cost each month.”                                                              Megan Evans, Learning Manager
  • "As someone who loves walking and discovering new country parks, being able to work full-time at Earthwatch and have the flexibility to work a shorter day in the week, it allows me to get out more and enjoy the world we are working to protect!“                  Kevin Simmonds, IT Support Specialist
  • “I really appreciate the approach Earthwatch has to flexible working: Being able to work around a dentist appointment on a Monday, longer lunch break to make up for a late meeting or moving hours around to fit around family needs. With everyone keeping each other updated we still know who is available when and can get the work done on time while making room for the lives we have outside of work!”  Katrin Nolland, Programme Manager
  • “At Earthwatch. I’m able to work longer hours Monday to Thursday and take Friday afternoon off. It means a lot to me that I’m able to do this, as it gives me the flexibility I need to spend invaluable time with my dad as I’m a vital part of his support network. It’s also fantastic that I can have this flexibility without losing out on any pay, as I’m working the same number of hours – just when they suit me”                                                                                Alice Crouch, Senior Comms Manager


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