Trainee Wildlife Camera Bursary

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Job Reference: INTAPP/1547
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term – Full Time
Contract Details: 9 months
Salary: Competitive
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 06/06/2016
Job Category: Content Production
BBC Region / Division: BBC Studios
BBC Business Unit: Factual Production
Location: Bristol

Package Description

9 month fixed term contract based in Bristol

Start date late June 2016 to March 2017

Job Introduction

Seven Worlds is an ambitious new NHU landmark project for BBC1 delivering in 2019.

Each hour long episode will transport viewers to a single continent. We'll view each one through their most iconic natural wonders...the Amazon, the Congo, the Sahara, the Himalayas…and, by focusing on the spectacular wildlife and the dramatic animal behaviour in those iconic landscapes, we'll discover what makes each of our seven worlds unique. 

The BBC NHU runs an annual camera bursary scheme that aims to develop an emerging camera operator, by providing experience for them to work alongside existing experts in their field and increasing their ability to operate at the very highest level of natural history filming.

This year, the bursary will be embedded with the production team of new landmark series ‘Seven Worlds’. Capturing in UHD and making use of cutting edge camera technologies, this is an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest wildlife production and photographic processes as well as preparing work in the production offices and providing assistance/shooting in the field.

Working as a Trainee, we’ll give you a structured training plan that will include working alongside the wildlife camera operators and programme makers in the Natural History Unit.   You’ll be learning about the latest wildlife production and photographic processes as well as preparing work in the production offices and providing assistance/shooting in the field.  Your training will include on the job as well as attendance at formal courses and you’ll be allocated a Mentor to help and support you through this training programme.  In addition your role may include travel to locations in the UK as well as overseas.  

More about the Role


All wildlife content is acquired from freelance operators; there are no BBC staff positions in this category.  Consequently, on completion you will be released to compete on the freelance market for work, either from the NHU or elsewhere.  The traineeship is aimed at those with sufficient relevant skills and experience to enable rapid progress to full professional competence.  

Main Responsibilities

• To assist camera persons and production staff engaged on natural history projects at base, on location or in studios.

• To assist with the research and development of production ideas into shooting scripts and schedules. 

• To assist with the preparation, transport and set up of a range of cameras, as currently used in wildlife content acquisition.

• To undertake on location the preparation, maintenance, installation and operation of a range of cameras and any ancillary equipment as necessary.

• To log and manage recorded data on location and at base.

• To provide written records of relevant information as required by the management of the production.

• To provide written and visual material for all media and platforms as required by the production. 

• To operate unsupervised when appropriately experienced and briefed.


Are you the right candidate?

You must be able to provide evidence of highly proficient camerawork, ideally illustrated by broadcast or corporate credits. We are looking for someone with a gifted eye who has the potential to compose exquisite images. A link to a show reel must be submitted.

We are keen to hear from anyone who is already shooting at 4k. You must have a solid understanding of complex production technology and filming kit, and demonstrate a strong interest in new filming equipment and techniques. Knowledge of managing media on location and post production workflows is also of value.

You will need to be Bristol-based and when not abroad filming, be embedded in the Seven Worlds production team and work regular office hours.
Strong research, planning and organisational skills as well as experience in setting up animal behavioural sequences will be of value. Importantly, you must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure.  You will be able to demonstrate a proven ability to build strong relationships with contributors and work effectively within a team.

You will need to have experience of spending prolonged periods of time in the field, observing and filming animal behaviour, and of building strong sequences through images, rather than just shooting scenics. The role will include a degree of research to be approached with real scientific rigour. When in the field and shooting, an appreciation for wildlife behaviour is key- from the macro to the mega fauna.
You must have the right to work in the UK and a clean driving license is required. Foreign languages are an advantage.

Please note if you do not submit your showreel with the supporting evidence we will not consider your application.  

About the BBC

At the BBC we respect each other and celebrate our diversity so that everyone gives their best. The BBC positively encourages applications from all parts of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role. 

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