Conservation Officer

Scottish Wildlife Trust

£23,369 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: NTXYX577022

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 11th February 2021  

Conservation Officer (South West Scotland)

Location: Dumfriesshire (home-working possible)

Full-time - 35 hours per week

Fixed Term until 31 March 2022

£23,369 per annum

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Developing Community Action (SSRS-DCA) is a project to secure the long-term future of red squirrels in Scotland by building capacity among communities of volunteers and land managers to take on some of the essential protection measures required to protect the red squirrels in key areas.

We are currently looking for a conservation officer to implement the project in the South West of Scotland to protect red squirrels in priority landscapes from replacement by grey squirrels and Squirrel Pox disease and support the targeted volunteer community and landowner networks to engage actively in red squirrel protection.

The post holder will manage a small team of grey squirrel control officers and work with community engagement colleagues to support and train volunteers. You will liaise with landowners and volunteers and deliver training workshops to promote active involvement of highly motivated and well-trained volunteers, as well as training and encouraging the active use of the community hub database by the volunteers.

The successful candidate will possess a relevant degree in ecology, biology, countryside management or a related discipline, along with working knowledge of wildlife ecology and conservation, especially non-native mammal population management.

Experience of staff management is important and the ability to confidently recruit, motivate, train and support staff and volunteers to undertake active conservation work. You should have experience of engaging successfully with land managers, countryside rangers, gamekeepers and the wider public. Experience of working with forestry grant or agri-environment schemes is desirable.

Some out of normal hours working will be required and you must possess a full clean driving licence.

Closing date: 11th February 2021

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