Biosecurity Officer - Wildlife Project


£25,463 - £27,585 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: A3931118

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 26th November 2018  

We are looking for a passionate individual to lead the delivery of the Biosecurity Activity for the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. The ideal candidate is a confident individual with a strong background in invasive species management, with excellent strategic planning skills and an ability to coordinate work across multiple sites and islands. 

Orkney Native Wildlife Project-Biosecurity Officer

Ref: A3951118
Location: Orkney
£25,463 - £27,585 per annum
Hours: Full time 
Contract: 5 years

Working with the Communications Manager to ensure alignment of all project communications, you will raise awareness of the threat invasive non-native predators pose to island ecosystems and promote best practice in island biosecurity. You must enjoy inspiring island communities to work together to safeguard predator-free islands from incursions and be capable of being a spokesperson. As an immediate priority, you will work with island communities to facilitate the development of island-specific, community-led biosecurity plans for high risk islands that are currently stoat free.  

You will have the necessary skills to train volunteer Biosecurity Champions in implementing these plans. You will keep stakeholders involved during the lifetime of the project. You will set up and coordinate a Biosecurity Working Group and work together to develop a strategy for the Orkney archipelago and facilitate its implementation. You will ideally have experience in mustelid trapping and surveillance, and a good understanding of stoat biology and behaviour. You will be familiar with the use of common island biosecurity surveillance tools, such as tracking tunnels and trail cameras.  

You will develop and coordinate a team of conservation dog handlers to carry out routine biosecurity surveillance work on stoat-free islands and at ports and harbours, using trained and certified stoat detection dogs. 

Closing date: 26 November 2018
Interview date: 12 December 2018 

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