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Bio-security Officer - Scotland & Northern England

Reference number: A0660519

Location: West Scotland based or Glasgow/Edinburgh

Seabirds thrive on predator-free islands and island around the UK have been an historic strong-hold, and good biosecurity is essential to maintain these sites as safe for breeding seabirds. Increasing movements of goods and people, together with climate change, are increasing the threat of new predator incursions and are putting our seabird islands at risk.

The UK-wide Biosecurity for LIFE project is working to address this threat, and we are looking for a Biosecurity Officer to join our team. An ideal candidate will have the skills and enthusiasm to empower island residents and local communities to protect islands in Western and Central Scotland and Northern England through comprehensive biosecurity programmes. Candidates must be able to influence and motivate a wide range of people, from ferry and fish farm operators to school children and tourists to develop, share and implement biosecurity best practice across the UK.

The Biosecurity Officer (Western and Central Scotland and Northern England) will be working with island residents and businesses to deliver the Biosecurity for LIFE project activities locally to develop capacity to plan and implement island biosecurity in Western and Central Scotland and Northern England. The Biosecurity Officer will be focused on 16 islands and island groups designated as Special Protection Areas for seabirds including the UK's largest colonies for some species such as razorbill and puffin.

The Biosecurity Officer will deliver biosecurity training workshops and work with island residents to develop a community-led biosecurity plan for the Isle of Rum. They will recruit, train and motivate a dedicated group of incursion response volunteers and biosecurity champions, and inspire these volunteers to become leaders in biosecurity action on remote offshore islands. The Biosecurity Officer will lead on establishing incursion response hubs to cover all these SPAs, and provide practical assistance, support and technical advice on implementing biosecurity measures and carrying out biosecurity surveillance on islands.

The Biosecurity Officer will also work with local decision makers and influencers to ensure that the Biosecurity for LIFE project will leave a lasting legacy of sustainable and well-resourced island biosecurity. They will support on the delivery of local elements of a biosecurity awareness raising campaign, including two Biosecurity Best Practice demonstration sites on Canna and the Farne Islands.

The RSPB role profile that most closely fits this role is that of a Conservation Advisor. A successful candidate will also have existing knowledge and understanding of island biosecurity, and previous experience of working with island communities.

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

£25,463 to £27,585 per annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: 2 year fixed term contract

Closing date: 21 July 2019
Interview date: 14 August 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 A0660519 on your application.

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Who to contact

For questions about this post
Laura Bambini

Send application details to
Ruth Taylor
RSPB Scotland, The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL, 01767693169