Trapper - Orkney Native Wildlife Project


£19,602 - £21,236 pa pro rata

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: A4211118

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 10th December 2018   Closes today

We are looking for ten experienced mammal trappers with excellent organisation and communication skills to deliver the stoat eradication operation for the Orkney Native Wildlife Project.

Trapper – Orkney Native Wildlife Project
Reference number: A4211118
Location: Orkney
Salary starting at £19,602 - £21,236 per annum, pro rata
Hours: Full time 
Contract: 5 Years

You must be physically fit, be able to work in a close-knit team and it is desirable that you are experienced in delivering non-native species eradications on the ground and skilled in the use and maintenance of DOC traps and trail cameras. You will enjoy being outdoors in all kinds of weather, and be able to perform a repetitive task to a consistently high standard. You must have knowledge of mustelid biology and behaviour and it is desirable that you have practical experience of trapping/tracking them in order to site traps appropriately. You will be a focussed individual with an impeccable attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate records. You will be able to identify issues and risks as they emerge, and communicate these effectively to your team. 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 because a key part of your role will be maintaining good relationships with landowners.

In addition, you will be involved in:

  • securing and maintaining land access agreements across the Orkney Mainland and linked isles 
  • trap deployment and removal 
  • checking and rebaiting over 7000 traps on a regular basis 
  • removing catches from the traps and disposing of them in line with project protocols 
  • implementing a trap and vehicle maintenance schedule 
  • ensuring all necessary data is collected in the field and imported into a trapping database 
  • implementing a stoat monitoring programme for the 'mop-up' phase  

Three of the ten trappers may go on to handle stoat detection dogs as part of their roles for which training will be delivered later in the project.

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project, a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and Orkney Islands Council. It aims to safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney now and into the future by addressing the threat it faces from an invasive non-native predator: the stoat. 

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: 10 December 2018
Interview date: 7 January 2019, 8 January 2019


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the "More information about this vacancy" button to be directed to our website to download the Role Profile and Application Details.

Our job information pack and accompanying role profile (available on our website) tell you all about the key result areas and the skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A4211118 on your application. 

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