Researcher Talent Pool, BBC Studios NHU

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios Natural History Unit is looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Researchers to become part of a pool to be appointed as and when work starts on the new projects.

Role Responsibility

Researchers will need to be highly creative and organised with good storytelling skills. They will have the ability to take an innovative, ambitious and imaginative approach to developing outstanding content ideas. As well as researching and setting up of blue-chip sequences, they will be a good team player offering practical support to the Producers and Assistant Producers throughout the series including pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production.

The Ideal Candidate


A demonstrable passion for wildlife.

Experience working on behaviour-led natural history for a mainstream audience

Track record of finding new and emotionally engaging behavioural stories for television.

To work collaboratively and to be  a good team player, but with the confidence to work well independently.

Excellent communication skills, and an ability to build relationships with a variety of people from different backgrounds - including scientists, park rangers, trackers and fixers.

Experience in setting up international filming shoots

Good understanding of new technology.

Excellent organisational and planning skills


A specialist knowledge and experience of working in challenging environments.

Experience of working on blue chip behavioural shoots on location. 

A willingness to spend long periods on location.

Proven knowledge and an interest in cutting edge camera technologies and techniques to produce visually new stories.

Experience with new media and digital content. 

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Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Fixed term, various lengths
Location: Remote / Bristol

Start dates: variable

Joining our Researcher Talent Pool will enable you to be offered work as and when opportunities arise. Appointment to the pool will not entitle candidates to permanent contracts in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.

Interviews are expected to be held via Zoom in late Nov 2021.

At BBC Studios we have different types of workplaces; from production sets and locations, to offices, to our own homes, and on-the-go. Under our Hybrid Working model, where you work will depend on your role. The majority of our staff work in an Agile way, balancing their time between home and a BBC Studios base, as best suits the work they do and their personal circumstances.

In addition, we are happy to discuss any formal flexible working needs. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

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