Created in March 2017, The Royal Parks is a charity that supports and manages 5,000 acres of historic parkland across London. Millions of Londoners and tourists visit our beautiful sites, which offer unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital.
We look after eight of London’s largest open spaces; Hyde Park, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. We also manage other important open spaces in the capital including Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner.
We are now seeking a Senior Wildlife Officer to join our team on a full time basis.
- Salary of £27,801 – £33,727 per annum depending on experience
- Pension scheme
- 26 days’ holiday per annum plus public holidays
This is a unique opportunity for an experienced wildlife conservation and management professional to advance their career with our outstanding organisation.
You will have the chance to utilise your expertise whilst working within London’s stunning parkland and help protect our wildlife and their natural habitats.
You will play a key role in our conservation efforts whilst ensuring visitors have the opportunity to develop an understanding of some of London’s most beautiful outdoor spaces.
As a Senior Wildlife Officer, you will undertake a wide range of conservation and wildlife management activities across the Inner Parks.
Specifically, you will manage captive bird collections, natural habitats, and associated wildlife and pest control.
Your role will also involve presenting to the public regarding wildlife topics. Additionally, you will also manage correspondence and actively participate in social media campaigns, press and media interviews.
Other duties will include:
- Providing care for the waterfowl collection, including daily feeding at St James’s Park
- Routine pest management, animal welfare and the monitoring of water bodies
- Assisting with the supervision of volunteer groups
- Reviewing and implementing emergency procedures and contingency plans
As part of your role, you will take part in an emergency cover rota for all Royal Parks.
To be considered as a Senior Wildlife Officer, you will need:
- Extensive experience of wildlife conservation and the management and improvement of habitats
- Demonstrable experience in a similar role, with proven management of wildlife and pest control, including using poisons, traps, firearms and integrated techniques
- The ability to work from boats, and be confident to wade and work safely in water
- Experience of lifting and handling large wildfowl
- Excellent bird, animal, fish and wildlife knowledge, as well as species identification skills
- An appropriate qualification such as an NVQ Level 2 in Gamekeeping and Wildlife Management or equivalent
- A full, valid driving licence
- To live within 30 minutes travelling time from St James’s Park, or in a Royal Parks Lodge (rent = 8.5% of salary, offer of Lodge subject to availability)
Competency using safely firearms and a current firearms certificate for rifles and shotguns would be beneficial to your application. A certification in the management of pests, such as the RSPH Level 2 or BASIS Certification in Rodenticides would also be an advantage.
Previous experience of working with volunteers would also be favourable, as would experience of presentations and leading guided walks.
Other organisations may call this role Wildlife Officer, Wildfowl Officer, Conservation Officer, Environmental Officer, Park Ranger, Forest Ranger, Game Warden, or Gamekeeper.
Webrecruit and The Royal Parks are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.
So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as a Senior Wildlife Officer, please click below where you will be asked to complete an application form detailing how your skills and experience meet key competences in the person specification. You will also be required to upload a copy of your CV.
The closing date for this role is the 30th May 2021.
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