Conservation Officer - Bowland


Bowland, Lancashire
£25,463 - £27,585 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: 7DaZd-2

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, water & hydrology

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

We are seeking a Conservation Officer 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.

Conservation Officer - Bowland
Reference: 7daZd-2
Location: Lancashire
£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

Conservation Officers have a key role in managing and delivering projects, in association with RSPB colleagues. This includes those led by RSPB and RSPB's delivery in wider partnerships, particularly within priority landscapes. The role has an important external element, 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 role will help to deliver a work programme focused on the priority landscape, the AONB Management Plan, species and habitats. This will be achieved by deploying the appropriate conservation tools to ensure we achieve our conservation objectives. This may include site safeguard casework which may include compiling data and evidence reports on birds of prey, species recovery, land management advice, conservation projects and engagement in land use policy. 

The post-holder will help to monitor and report 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 message. 

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 partnership with United Utilities on their catchment land alongside farm advice and community engagement and education work.

Closing date: 17 October 2019
Interview date: 19 November 2019

To Apply and for More Information:  

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

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