Eradication Operations Manager - Wildlife Project

RSPB

Orkney
£25,463 - £27,585 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.rspb.org.uk

Reference: A3931118

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 26th November 2018  


We are looking for two team leaders with excellent organisation and communication skills to head up the stoat eradication operation for the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. You must be experienced in delivering non-native species eradications on the ground and understand the requirements of such a large-scale project. 

Orkney Native Wildlife Project - Eradication Operations Manager
Reference number: A3931118
Location: Orkney
Salary starting at £25,463 - £27,585 per annum
Hours: Full time 
Contract: 5 years

You must have knowledge of mustelid biology and behaviour and practical experience of trapping and tracking them. You will have the confidence and ability to inspire trust and support for the project, and an ability to win over hearts and minds and motivate people. You should also have experience of working with local communities in a collaborative and sensitive way. You will be primarily leading and co-ordinating a team of ten trappers (5 trappers per post) to deliver the eradication. We expect the two Eradication Operations Managers to be able to work closely side-by-side in a close-knit team and ideally have experience of successfully leading a team. 

Key tasks will include:

  • responsibility for securing and maintaining land access agreements across the Orkney Mainland and the linked isles
  • co-ordinating and monitoring the operation on the ground (using DOC traps and stoat detection dogs)
  • responsibility for leading and motivating a dedicated team of trappers and ensuring a high level of commitment and morale is maintained within the team
  • responsibility for ensuring the well-being of the team of trappers, managing workloads, providing training and support to enable and maintain high standards of performance within the team
  • responsibility for identifying emerging operational issues and risks, ensuring these are documented and reported, and identifying and implementing mitigation measures as appropriate
  • planning and implementing a trap and vehicle maintenance schedule
  • planning and coordinating procurement of replacement traps and other equipment
  • ensuring accurate and meticulous trapping and dog search data collection, and responsibility for maintaining an up-to-date trapping database
  • working closely with the Programme Manager, Biosecurity Officer and other ONWP team members to maintain good communications and information transfer within the project team
  • reporting emerging reputational risks and liaising with the ONWP Communications Manager
  • liaise with the Biosecurity Officer and a team of stoat detection dog handlers to plan and coordinate dog-assisted stoat searching efforts across the operational area of the eradication
  • producing regular update reports to the Programme Manager and Steering Group
  • providing data and input to regular technical operational reviews and an adaptive management process
  • ordering baits and lures
  • keeping up to date with eradication research and technology and advances in new trapping techniques e.g. use of GoodNature traps.
  • managing the project workshop

Other duties will include sitting on Land Access Working Group, involvement in public events and training volunteers to trap and monitor stoats.

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Closing date: 26 November 2018
Interview date: 13 December 2018, 14 December 2018

TO APPLY AND FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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