Monitoring Officer - Dynamic Dunescapes DuneLIFE

Natural England

£26,224 - £28,326 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract [email protected] 07876 411703 Verity Pitts

Reference: 3087

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Tuesday, 9th February 2021  

The Dynamic Dunescapes Monitoring Officer is a new full-time role that will work with the site leads and specialists to lead on the project monitoring and evaluation of biological data across the project. The role will also lead on the coordination of the project’s two SNAPs (Site Nitrogen Action Plans) working closely with the site leads, air quality specialists and contractors.

The objective of the Dynamic Dunescapes project is to improve the condition of coastal sand dunes through dune management and the application of innovative techniques; and to develop a programme of public engagement and citizen science activities to monitor the health of sand dune systems, in particular in relation to stability and the impacts of nitrogen deposition. Detailed monitoring of the project sites is required in order to assess the response of the Annex I habitats to the project’s restoration works.

The Monitoring Officer will work with the core team, site leads and specialists to ensure that the sites follow the Biodiversity and Natural Heritage Monitoring Plan. This document sets out the biological monitoring programme, timetable, rationale and scope of the work and the methods that will be employed.

This post will involve coordinating a range of physical, vegetation, fauna, hydrological and photographic monitoring, and link in with the long-term monitoring already occurring on some of the sites. The post will be responsible for supporting research, surveys and monitoring by volunteers (including the citizen science programme of work) working closely with the People Engagement team and will be responsible for supporting academic involvement related to the project.

As the project progresses an increasingly important element of the role will be the collation, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of the data and information collected. This will lead on to dissemination of the findings through project reports, face-to-face interactions and other media.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment to the end of September 2023.

The project

Dynamic Dunescapes is restoring the natural processes of our most important sand dune sites. Through our engagement with local communities and visitors we will explain, demonstrate and create opportunities for them to actively contribute towards the conservation of these iconic sites. We will extend this learning beyond the project to ensure a legacy of improved sand dune management and interpretation across England and Wales.

There are nine key project areas: Lincolnshire Sand Hills; Studland Dunes; North Cornwall Dunes; Braunton Burrows; Swansea Neath Port Talbot; Carmarthen; Anglesey - Gwynedd; Sefton Coast; and Cumbria. These are some of the most important dune complexes in England and Wales. The project will deliver exciting and innovative capital works and introduce effective sustainable habitat management integrated with large scale public engagement work, including citizen science.

Collectively this project will have a big impact both for conservation and local communities and will provide transferable learning across all dune sites. The project will:

  • Inspire and engage people - working with communities, specialist groups, schools, universities, tourism organisations, local authorities, museums and the media to engage with up to 600,000 people nationally through a programme of engagement, publicity, volunteering and citizen science
  • Re-energise the dunes – undertaking capital works to enable dunes to become more dynamic, remove invasive native and alien vegetation and reintroduce sustainable management to restore currently degraded habitats
  • Rejuvenate and create dune slacks and ponds to benefit the sites’ unique and threatened insects, amphibians, birds and plants

Natural England is leading the project, working together with Plantlife, National Trust, Natural Resources Wales and the Wildlife Trusts. The project is supported by the EU LIFE programme (LIFE 17 NAT/UK/000570) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund (HG-16-08643).

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