Conservation Officer (North East Scotland)

Recruiter
Networx
Location
Torry, Aberdeen
Salary
£22684/annum
Posted
07 Jul 2017
Closes
06 Aug 2017
Sector
Public Sector
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Conservation Officer (North East Scotland)
Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels
Torry, Aberdeen
£22,684 per annum

Full-time, 5 year project/contract ends March 2022

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, empowering them to take on and take ownership of some of the essential protection measures required to save the nation’s red squirrels.

Our client is currently looking for a conservation professional to join this exciting project. The role leads on the implementation of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project in North East Scotland and works to inspire people to value their local red squirrels and the wider natural heritage.

The post holder will work to protect red squirrels from replacement by grey squirrels and work towards the complete eradication of grey squirrels from the region. You will build on existing community volunteer networks and landowners to engage actively in red squirrel protection whilst inspiring people to value their local red squirrels, other wildlife and the natural environment.

Public engagement will be key and you will provide talks, guided walks, events and training workshops to promote active involvement of highly motivated and well trained volunteers. You will also organise publicity to promote the project to include articles, press releases and media relations.

Staff management experience is important and you will be able to confidently recruit, motivate, train and support volunteer groups and individuals to undertake active conservation work. You should also be happy engaging with the wider public, countryside rangers, gamekeepers and land managers.

You will possess a relevant degree (or equivalent) along with previous experience and working knowledge of wildlife ecology and conservation, especially mammal population management or invasive species control. With the skills to motivate others to undertake active conservation work, you will have proven ecological field skills and experience of standardised surveys.

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