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Earthwatch Millennium Award Scheme 2001

An offer for the over 50's:


Applications are invited for the
Earthwatch Millennium Award scheme

If you are aged 50 or over and would like to take part in an international field project, such as monitoring endangered otters in Chile; tracking the elusive puma of Idaho's Albion Mountains; or uncovering the fossilised animal remains of the Pleistocene era, you should apply for a fully funded Earthwatch Millennium Award.

The scheme, organised by environmental charity Earthwatch, entails a
two-week placement on one of 15 overseas projects, where you will work
as a field assistant to an Earthwatch scientist, helping to gather vital
research data whilst gaining invaluable insights into current global
conservation issues.

Award winners undertake a commitment to invest their new knowledge at home in the UK by getting involved in community conservation after they have returned from the overseas project. A community grant of, initially, 200 will be available, along with guidance from an Earthwatch Community Officer.

What is included in the Award?


  • An Earthwatch field project placement, normally lasting two weeks.
    All costs will be covered including flights, transfers, food and

  • A personal allowance of 150 to cover the cost of equipment, visa,
    inoculations, etc

  • A Community Action Grant of 200 to undertake community volunteering

  • Enrolment as a member of Earthwatch for three years

  • Support from the Earthwatch Millennium office throughout the period of
    the Award.

Your commitment ? Community involvement

  • You will be expected to act as the scientist’s field assistant,
    undertaking a variety of tasks.  No experience is necessary and all the
    necessary briefing and training will be given

  • When you return, you will design a community action plan indicating
    how you will use the experience in local conservation volunteering.
    This could involve anything from starting a new treeplanting project on
    wasteground near your home, to becoming involved in an archaeological
    research project nearby. An Earthwatch Community Officer will work with
    you to ensure that your planned project is realistic, achievable and

  • You will receive a Community Action Grant of 200 to carry out your
    plan, which may be supplemented with a further grant, to a maximum total
    of 450.

  •  Earthwatch wants your plan to be a success, and at all stages there
    will be a community officer assigned to you who will offer ideas,
    suggestions, support and motivation.


All those aged 50 or over, at the time of applying, who are resident in
the UK. No specific skills or experience are required.

For an application pack, please contact the Earthwatch Millennium Office

57 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HJ. Tel 01865 318850, Fax: 01865



Earthwatch promotes sustainable conservation of our natural resources
and cultural heritage by supporting scientific field research and education.

Registered Charity No. 327017



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