Title: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Conservation Officer (Scottish Borders)
Status: Full-time, Fixed-term for 4 years
Salary: £21,000 – £24,000 per annum
Closing date: noon, Tuesday 6 March 2018
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 lead on the implementation of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project to protect red squirrels in priority landscapes in the Scottish Borders and to inspire people to value their local red squirrels population and the wider natural heritage.
The post holder will develop landowner and volunteer engagement to protect red squirrels from the replacement by grey squirrels, and from Squirrelpox disease. You will organise annual surveys, liaise with stakeholders and provide talks, guided walks and training workshops to promote active involvement of highly motivated and well trained volunteers.
The successful candidate will possess a relevant degree (or equivalent) in ecology, biology, geography or a related discipline along with working knowledge of wildlife ecology and conservation, especially mammal population management. Previous experience in a relevant field is essential. Experience of working with agri-environment or forestry grant schemes is desirable.
Staff management experience is important and you will be able to confidently recruit, motivate, train and support staff and volunteers to undertake active conservation work. You should have the ability and aptitude to successfully engage with the wider public, countryside rangers, gamekeepers and land managers.
Some out of normal hours working will be required. The postholder will also travel extensively around the Borders area where public transport is limited, therefore applicants should possess a full clean driving licence. A vehicle will be provided.
The position is expected to start as soon as possible and run until March 2022.
Funding raised by The National Lottery, and awarded by the Heritage Lottery FundDownload application form