Grey Squirrel Officer (Seasonal) Argyll, the Trossachs and Stirling

Title: Grey Squirrel Officer (Seasonal)

Status: Fixed-term, full time (December 2020 to September 2021 – 35 hrs per week)

Salary: £17,595 p.a. pro rata 

Location: Home based, working in/around the Trossachs-Dunbartonshire-Stirlingshire area

Closing date: 12noon, Wednesday 30th September 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 to take on some of the essential protection measures required to protect the red squirrels in key areas.

As part of this programme we are looking for a self-starter with a love of outdoor working who is experienced in grey squirrel control work and with ability to interact with land managers and their staff, to fill a new seasonal Grey Squirrel Officer post. This work will be chiefly aimed grey squirrel trapping and blood sampling for squirrelpox testing, as well as grey squirrel population control in critical dispersal corridors, across a wide landscape stretching from Arrochar to Stirling.

The successful candidate will possess a SVQ/NVQ level 2 or equivalent qualification in Game and Wildlife Management or related discipline or relevant experience of game keeping, invasive/non-native mammal control or pest control, along with good understanding of conservation principles, practices and legislation. You should have the ability to keep accurate records in Excel.

Relevant previous experience is essential, together with experience of working with foresters, landowners and members of the public. A knowledge of forest and native tree species and familiarity with the local area to be covered are advantageous.

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

Due to covid-19 interviews will be conducted virtually (face to face video link) via a platform such as zoom.

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