Conservation Officer – Tayside (Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels)

Title: Conservation Officer – Tayside

Status: Full Time, Fixed Term until March 2024

Salary: £24,670.65 per annum 

Location: Blairgowrie, Tayside – home-working possible; anticipated office relocation

Closing date: 29 August 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.

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) is a project to deliver the essential protection measures required to secure the long-term future of red squirrels in Scotland and to ensure that systems are put in place to continue the delivery of these measures over the long term by working with other agencies with a stake in native species conservation and invasive non-native species management.


The successful candidate will:

Lead on the implementation in Tayside of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Transition Project in accordance with the SSRS project plan to:
• Protect red squirrels within, and to the north of, the Highland Line priority landscape across Tayside and Scottish landscapes to the north from replacement by grey squirrels and from squirrelpox disease.
• To inspire people to value their local red squirrels and the wider natural heritage.


Main Objectives include: 

  • Plan and lead the delivery of strategic grey squirrel control work within and above the Highland Linewithin Tayside, the project’s priority area, to create an integrated grey squirrel control network as outlined in the SSRS project plan.
  • Line manage and support four seasonal Grey Squirrel Control Officers to carry out effective grey
    squirrel control in the project’s priority area and carry out the annual recruitment of the seasonal grey squirrel control staff.
  • Implement and further develop engagement to encourage and support a network of land managers and communities to engage actively in red squirrel protection and monitoring work in strategic areas of Tayside.
  • Promote the recording of squirrel distribution records in Tayside; check and verify records reported onthe SSRS online squirrel reporting page or oversee volunteer checking and verification of the sightings records.
  • Help to collect, maintain, and report the information required for reporting on project performance to the Trust, funders and partners.


Download the full role description here!

To apply, please complete an application form and return to

Closing date: 29 August 2022

*Interviews will be held via Teams or in person following Covid-19 guidelines

The Trust is a passionate employer, proactive about creating a culture of diversity and inclusive workplace that promotes and values equal opportunities for all. We welcome individuals from all networks of life, backgrounds, and experiences.

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


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