Conservation Advisor


£25,463 - £27,585 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: qaUox-1

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Thursday, 17th October 2019   3 days left

We are seeking a Conservation Advisor to work within our Forest of Bowland Priority Landscape They will be responsible for helping to deliver the work of RSPB's conservation team within the North West operational area, to ensure delivery of the relevant outcomes of RSPB's Saving Nature Strategy.

The Forest of Bowland is nationally important for breeding wading birds and local farmers are at the forefront of efforts to conserve the area's lapwings, curlews, redshanks, snipe and oystercatchers.

Main job title: Conservation Advisor
Reference: qaUox-1
Location: Lancashire
Salary: £25,463 to £27,585 per annum - Applicants should expect under normal circumstances to receive an offer at the bottom of the advertised range
Hours: Full time 
Contract: Permanent

The post-holder will be responsible for fostering close links with, and provision of farm conservation advice to farmers and landowners / managers (we have worked on over 140 farms to date) and will help to deliver an advisory work programme focused on our Forest of Bowland Priority Landscapes, species and habitats. They will play an important role in delivering the work of RSPB's conservation team, contributing to the delivery of the AONB Management Plan and the work RSPB's other partners within the operational area.

Conservation Advisors have a key role in delivering projects, in association with RSPB colleagues. This includes RSPB projects and RSPB's delivery in wider partnership projects, particularly within priority landscapes. They have an important external role, building positive relationships with farmers, land owners / managers and in building positive relationships with key partners and stakeholders so that our collective policies and messages are understood and furthered within and outwith the Forest of Bowland.

The post holder will manage the ongoing Bowland Wader Survey on 30 farms in addition to monitoring and reporting on the work plan and to develop further work plans and/or project ideas. They will also be expected to contribute operational experience to RSPB's policy and advocacy work and contribute to the delivery of RSPB funding and communications objectives, particularly through communicating our conservation messages

The Forest of Bowland is a large-scale open, upland landscape, encompassing rolling hills of blanket bog and upland heath, steep valleys, pockets of clough woodland, upland rivers and streams, no major settlements and a small, rural, very dispersed population. Above the moorland line, the landscape is predominantly managed for hill sheep farming and grouse shooting, whilst the lower ground supports largely pastoral farming with pockets of species-rich grassland, hay meadows, and wet flushes important for a suite of upland breeding waders of national significance.

The landscape is a focal point for birds of prey, particularly the hen harrier, whose image forms the logo of the Forest of Bowland AONB. Once the main stronghold for hen harrier in England, it still remains a key breeding site with an SPA designated for breeding hen harrier and merlin and, also supporting short-eared owl and peregrine. The Bowland Fells SPA and adjacent moorland fringe also supports qualifying numbers of breeding curlew and lesser black-backed gulls, notably hosting the largest colony in England of the latter.

Despite the absence of any landholdings, RSPB has had a presence in the Forest of Bowland for almost 40-years through our partnerships with United Utilities and the Forest of Bowland AONB, advisory and education work.

Closing date: 17 October 2019
Interview date: 5 November 2019

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