Conservation Officer - Morecambe Bay and Cumbria

RSPB

Morecambe Bay and Cumbria
Starting at £26,212 - £29,320 pa pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

www.rspb.org.uk

Reference: A1111020

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 25th November 2020   1 day left


Conservation Officer - Morecambe Bay and Cumbria
Hours: Part time, 22.5 Hours Per Week

We are seeking a part-time Conservation Officer to work across our Morecambe Bay & Ribble and Lake District Priority Landscapes. The successful applicant will be responsible for helping to deliver the work of RSPB's conservation teams within the North West and Northeast and Cumbria operational areas, to ensure delivery of the relevant outcomes of RSPB's Saving Nature Strategy.

Conservation Officers have a key role in hands-on land management advisory work, 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 out with Cumbria.

The role will help to deliver a work programme focused on the relevant priority landscapes, species and habitats. This will be achieved by deploying the appropriate conservation tools to ensure we achieve our conservation objectives. This may include land management advice, site safeguard casework, species recovery, 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 area around Morecambe Bay is one of the UK's most important biodiversity hotspots. The diverse geology and landscape features and coastal and climatic influences have created an extraordinary diversity of habitats, which are home to internationally significant populations of birds, flora and invertebrates. The key habitats of importance include:

  • Coastal and floodplain wetlands - saltmarshes, lowland raised bogs and freshwater wetlands in valleys.
  • Farmland.
  • Species rich grasslands - on coastal headlands and limestone escarpments. Native woodlands- supporting rare butterflies, plants and woodland birds.

The transitions between these habitats contributes to the area's outstanding diversity, as within a short distance it is possible to move from inter-tidal habitat to saltmarsh to terrestrial habitats such as unimproved grasslands, heath, swamp, fen, mire, woodland and scrub.

Cumbria and the Lake District are unique, the county contains the highest mountains and deepest lakes in England the variety and extent of its habitats are well known. Key habitats include:

  • Coastal and floodplain wetlands- lakeshore wetlands, saltmarshes, lowland raised bogs and freshwater wetlands in valleys.
  • Species rich coastal heath and dunes.
  • Both lowland and upland native woodland communities.
  • Upland habitats including; bog, heath, cliff, crag, screes and arctic-alpine communities and;
  • Farmland.

RSPB has a strong reserve presence in the area including; Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay, The Lyth Valley, Hodbarrow, Haweswater, Geltsdale, St Bees and Campfield all of which is in addition to our advisory, community engagement and education work.

RSPB has a strong reserve presence in the area including; Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay, The Lyth Valley, Hodbarrow, Haweswater, Geltsdale, Ste Bees and Campfield all of which is in addition to our advisory, community engagement and education work.

Closing date: 25 November 2020
Interview date: 9 December 2020

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