Invasive Species Officer

South West Lakes Trust

Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon
£23,000 - £27,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract [email protected]

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 22nd April 2021   1 day left

AREA Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset

BASE Roadford Lake office and home working also required to travel to various sites in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset

TYPE Fixed term 01 May 2021 - 31 March 2025

HOURS 37.5 hours per week on a flexible basis; normal working hours will include weekends, Bank Holidays and some evenings.

SALARY £23,000 - £27,000 per annum

South West Lakes is a leading organisation in the work to record, monitor and control invasive non native species in UK waterways, having recently been awarded accreditation for excellence in biosecurity at many of our lakes through the AQUA (Aquatic Quality Award) Biosecurity Accreditation Pilot Scheme in partnership with South West Water. We are recruiting for an experienced nature conservation and biosecurity professional to take a leading role in our biosecurity work at our sites across South West England. This role offers a wide range of engagement opportunities with members of the public and other stakeholders, as well as continuing to build working relationships with like-minded organisations. The ideal candidate will have experience in related fields, leading volunteer teams in nature conservation work, and a passion for developing their INNS knowledge and skills.

The Role

  • Work with South West Water to deliver invasive species obligations with a particular focus on biosecurity preparation and implementation.
  • Provide specialist advice on biosecurity and invasive non-native species, to employees, volunteers and user groups.
  • Train SW Lakes and South West Water (SWW) employees and volunteers in the identification and reporting of INNS
  • Maintain the INNS database for SWL as appropriate, including ground truthing new INNS incident reports.
  • Organise relevant small-scale mitigation works as per project requirements, liaising with SWW on larger scale schemes for funding and delivery.
  • Support and shadow SW Lakes Head of Environment and Engagement to grow strategic level knowledge and experience, maintaining relations and communication between South West Lakes and regional and national organisations to ensure that biosecurity initiatives both recognise and take account of the biodiversity of the lakes and action taken to protect and enhance it.
  • Deliver outreach events to educate user groups and stakeholders on species identification and the importance of biosecurity
  • Review and update biosecurity protocol and procedures, communicating updates to the wider organisation. Prepare as required INNS position statements.

Knowledge, Experience & Skills

  • Knowledge of working within designated sites, invasive species and the requirements and restrictions this brings about. (E)
  • Experience in conservation and countryside management including undertaking ecological studies and knowledge of geographical information systems. (E)
  • Experience in developing and writing invasive species management, pathway action or rapid response plans. (D)
  • Good geographical knowledge of the south west of England (D)
  • Commitment to learn and grow INNS knowledge and skills, volunteer and budget management (E)
  • Volunteer management experience.(D)

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Closing Date: 5pm 22 April 2021

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