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Hen Harrier Nest Protection Officer

Reference number: A5020119

Location: Lancashire

RSPB Northern England region is looking for six seasonal flexible contract staff for the overnight nest protection of hen harriers. The posts will most likely be based in Northumberland, Cumbria or Lancashire, but with the flexibility to move elsewhere dependent on the location of a nesting attempt. The contract will be over 5 months starting around April but this will flexiable depending on the nesting

The main purpose of this team is to monitor nesting attempts to ensure the hen harrier nests have the best chance of success. This may involve carrying out overnight shifts, the time and length of these shifts to be coordinated by the line manager for the site.

Work will require long and unsociable hours in the field, often in adverse weather conditions. The nest monitoring team will need to work closely with volunteers, stakeholders, farmers and landowners on whose land part of the work may be carried out, as well as members of the general public. The nest monitoring team will need to ensure that this work is carried out in a safe manner which minimises any disturbance to the birds.

RSPB hen harrier work is supported by United Utilities and EU LIFE+.

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Salary starting at

£8.46 to £9.17 per hour

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time, Hourly Contract
Contract: 5 months as and when required

Closing date: 25 February 2019
Interview date: 13 March 2019, 14 March 2019

How to apply

Our role profile describes the key result areas and skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A5020119 on your application.

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Who to contact

For questions about this post
Stephen Garnett
01697 740033

Send application details to
Marie Stawarski
The RSPB, Lancaster Office, RSPB Northern England Region, 7.3.1 Cameron House, White Cross Estate, Lancaster, LA1 4XF, 01524 581000