Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Spring Squirrel Surveyor

Title: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Spring Squirrel Surveyor

Status: Fixed term

Location: various locations in Ayrshire, The Borders, and Dumfries & Galloway. Refer to the full job description.

Closing date: 01/03/2018

Throughout March and April each year the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrel’s project engages in a massive survey of red and grey squirrels across all the regions where we work. From the wilds of Galloway Forest Park to woodlands of Donside we aim to get a snapshot of red and grey distribution each year. Surveying woodlands is a key aspect of the project allowing us to map distributions of red and grey squirrels and inform our conservation strategy. Surveyors are still needed to cover specific tetrads in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, and the Borders.

What we are looking for:

  • Site and place squirrel feeder boxes and hair traps.
  • Monitoring the feeders three times each during the survey period.
  • Data entry & record keeping.
  • Sending hair traps by post to local project staff.
  • Good level of fitness required to walk a few kilometres through wooded areas and over rough terrain.
  • Car or bike may be required to gain access to some of the sites.

What you will get in return:

  • the satisfaction of helping with an important conservation project in your area.
  • a great staff and volunteer team.
  • learn new wildlife identification skills.

Download full role description

Download application form

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