Conservation Officer (South East Scotland)
Full-time, Fixed Term until 31 March 2022
For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. 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. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
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 Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
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 East 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 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 a full clean driving license would be advantageous.
Closing date: 21st May 2021
Due to covid-19 interviews will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a proud equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of their background. We are committed to helping to make the world of nature conservation as inclusive as possible, as we believe there should be no barriers to being involved, and that champions and role models from every part of society will be vital in helping to reverse the loss of biodiversity.
We are happy to talk flexible working.