Project Officer - South East Scotland, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Scottish Borders / home working
£24,670 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 4th July 2022   7 days left

South East Scotland, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels

Status: Full time, Fixed Term until 31 March 2024
Salary: £24,670.65 per annum
Location: Scottish Borders – Home-working possible
Closing date: 04 July 2022

About us: 

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas for the benefit of people and wildlife. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities.

The Role:

To oversee the implementation in South East Scotland of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project in accordance with the SSRS project plan to secure red squirrel conservation objectives through the management of grey squirrel populations:

  • Support community volunteer networks and land managers in the Scottish Borders to enable them to independently take on protection of red squirrels in priority landscapes from replacement by grey squirrels by the end of March 2024, and to develop a sense of ownership and pride in their role in the conservation of the species in the UK
  • Engage wider audiences and communities across the Scottish Borders with the work of the project.

Main duties include:

  • Overseeing the delivery of strategic grey squirrel control in the Southeast Scotland Priority Areas for Red Squirrel Conservation (PARCs), by working with project partners and all regional /local stakeholders to support the delivery of grey squirrel management in the SSRS PARCs in the Scottish Borders.
  • Line management duties and supporting a full-time Grey Squirrel Officer working in tandem with volunteer control networks and Forestry Grant Scheme-funded land managers to deliver grey squirrel management to minimise the grey squirrel populations in the Tweed and Upper Teviot & Rule PARCs, including protection of selected National Forest Estate forests from incursion by grey squirrels.
  • Support volunteers to carry out practical red squirrel conservation tasks, including reporting squirrel sightings, surveys, hosting traps under the trap-loan scheme, carrying out grey squirrel control independently, and raising awareness of the red squirrel conservation issue and taking on responsibility for their practical conservation work.
  • Help to collect, maintain and report the information required for reporting on project performance to the Trust, funders and partners.
  • Assist in carrying out publicity to promote understanding among the South East Scotland community of red squirrel conservation / grey squirrel control, and to encourage the reporting of squirrel sightings.

The successful candidate will ideally:

  • Be qualified in ecology, biology or countryside management or have experience in a similar environment
  • Have experience with non-native mammal control
  • Have experience of working with a diverse range of people including countryside rangers, landowners, estate staff, householders, local community volunteers
  • Have a good working knowledge of the Scottish Borders
  • Be experienced and comfortable in engaging the wider public in conservation issues
  • Be knowledgeable of current legislation relating to mammals and invasive non-native species control.

For further information about the role, please visit our website.

Closing date: 04 July 2022
Interview date: 04 July 2022

*Interviews can be held on Teams or in person following Covid-19 guidelines.

If you would like more information, please phone 0131312 4718 or email [email protected]

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