Discovering Reptiles Project Officer

The Froglife Trust

Peterborough with UK-wide travel
£22,500 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract Laurence Jarvis

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 28th February 2020   Closes today

Main Purpose 

To deliver the Discovering Reptiles citizen science project, organising and delivering reptile training courses to community groups, college students and landowners of public parks across England.

Your new organisation

Froglife is a national conservation organisation with a specific focus on the conservation of our native amphibian and reptile species and their habitats. Central to our ethos is to encourage as many people as possible to take action to help conserve these iconic species. We focus our work particularly on disadvantaged/vulnerable groups living in urban areas.

Discovering Reptiles project overview

Thanks to funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund we are looking to appoint a new part-time project officer to deliver our Discovering Reptiles project. This project will focus on engaging and inspiring people from local communities to enhance their knowledge, and record observations of, native and non-native reptiles in their local area. Reptiles contribute valuable biodiversity benefits to local habitats but are often a neglected group of vertebrates due to a lack of knowledge and misconceptions by the general public. Through engaging members of the local community and landowners of public open spaces in identification and survey workshops, training and providing education resources we aim to enhance the knowledge and understanding of reptiles amongst local communities and encourage people to survey and record reptiles in nearby open green spaces. We will also educate participants in effective habitat management for reptiles which will result in improved conservation of these species. The survey data collected will help determine the national status of native and non-native reptile species in the UK and inform conservation actions for these under-recorded species.

Main Duties

  • Day-to-day delivery of the project including liaising with landowners, community groups and college staff.
  • Organising and delivery of training sessions with country park staff, community groups and colleges.
  • Liaising with landowners over management plans for reptiles.
  • Organising and delivering the community events and conference presentations.
  • Development and production of training materials e.g. posters, activities, presentations etc.
  • Project administration e.g. taking bookings for events, talks and training sessions and managing the budget.
  • Carry out project evaluation including collecting and collating evaluation feedback.
  • Ensuring the project is publicised well, through press releases and social media.

General Responsibilities

  • To ensure effective project delivery against targets.
  • To encourage and maintain professional standards.
  • To perform other duties from time to time as required by management.
  • To act as a responsible ambassador of Froglife, promoting the organisation and its work, networking, and abuilding positive relationships with appropriate individuals and organisations.
  • Take reasonable care of the Health and Safety of themselves and others who may be affected by their acts of omissions at work.
  • To follow Froglife’s equal opportunity policy.
  • To follow Froglife’s green policy.

What you need to succeed

We are looking for a committed person with a passion for reptiles and educating people from a wide range of backgrounds. You will have experience of planning, organising and delivering outreach sessions at sites across the UK. In addition you will have worked with vulnerable/disadvantaged adults. The role will involve significant travel across the UK from Northumberland to Devon so an ability to travel is required as part of the role. 

Deadline: Friday 28th February 2020 (midnight)

Interviews: Wednesday 11th March 2020

To apply please send a 2-page CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the essential criteria and relevant experience to: Please put your full name on the file name of both CV and covering letter.

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