Seasonal Reptile Fieldworkers

Bioscan (UK) Ltd

Tilbury, Essex
Paid on a day rate basis

Paid • Full or Part Time • Temporary +441865341321 Rebecca Read

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Bioscan (UK) Ltd are recruiting in connection with delivery of Port of Tilbury London Limited’s Tilbury2 port development, a nationally significant infrastructure project on the River Thames Estuary in South Essex. The site of the project is part of the former Tilbury Power Station and has a number of ecological constraints requiring mitigation and compensation, including the large scale translocation of four reptile species.

Due to the size and complexity of the site, and the need to ensure capture effort is optimised, additional personnel are required to assist with the capture and translocation of reptiles (common lizard, slow worm, grass snake and adder) from the site, to an off-site receptor near Southend-on-Sea. The translocation will be overseen by the Ecological Clerks of Works (ECoW) and the supervising Senior Herpetologists; and fieldworkers will be required to follow instructions on capture, handling, transport and release of reptiles.

Reptile fieldworkers will be required, on a self-employed (sub-contracted) basis, for the period of June - September/October 2019. There is scope for working full or part-time, to match your availability, including weekend working. A day rate is offered which would be commensurate with experience. Fieldworkers will have access to an office and welfare facilities within the construction compound on the site; and the development site will be their normal place of work.

Working hours would be determined by seasonal weather conditions. Thus a working day in late spring may be extended in response to warmer weather conditions and lighter days, likely reaching a split-shift pattern during the high summer months when fieldworkers would work either an early or late shift to ensure adequate coverage of the periods of optimal conditions for reptiles. Fieldworkers may also have the opportunity to be involved with additional duties, such as surveying for nesting birds, reptile habitat manipulation, and camera monitoring of badger setts.

While previous experience of reptile work, including surveys, translocation, capture and handling will be a distinct advantage, all relevant training will be given. All applicants are however expected to be able to demonstrate an interest in and good general knowledge of wildlife ecology, ideally with one or more related qualifications. Willingness to have a flexible approach towards working hours is essential, in recognition of the need to target peak times for reptile capture and release. A CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) is a distinct advantage, as is experience in practical habitat management (e.g. use of a brushcutter, etc).

To apply, please submit a cv with covering letter to Rebecca Read at Bioscan (UK) Ltd, with an indication of your availability including start date and preference for part time or full time work. Successful candidates will be asked to interview via telephone or Skype. 

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