Title: Conservation Officer, North East Scotland – Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project
Status: Fixed Term until March 2022
Salary: £22k – £24k pa
Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 20 January 2020
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 ownership of some of the essential protection measures required to save the nation’s iconic species.
We are currently looking for a conservation professional to develop and implement the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City to protect red squirrels from the replacement by grey squirrels and to support the establishment of long-term strategies to deliver red squirrel protection long-term.
The successful candidate will manage a small team of grey squirrel management professionals to deliver an established programme of grey squirrel control and support volunteer-delivered surveys to monitor red and grey squirrels. Working in partnership with land managers and householders, Forest and Land Scotland and Aberdeen City Council, the Project Officer will engage with the public to engender support for the project. He/she will promote the project to stakeholders and engage with the local and national media.
The successful candidate will possess a relevant degree (or equivalent) in ecology, biology, zoology or a related discipline along with working knowledge of wildlife ecology and conservation, especially mammal population management. Alongside this we are looking for strategic thinking and a high level of motivation. Previous experience in a relevant field is essential.
Strategic thinking and staff management experience is essential and you will be able to confidently recruit, motivate, train and support staff and volunteers to undertake active conservation work.
Some out of normal hours working will be required , as will extensive travel in sometimes remote areas and hard to reach squirrel sites, therefore a full clean driving licence is desirable.
The position is expected to start as soon as possible and run until March 2022, with extension subject to funding.