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Orkney Native Wildlife Project - Project Manager

Reference number: A2751019 -

Location: Orkney

We are looking for an inspiring leader and experienced project and people manager to manage the Orkney Native Wildlife Project team to deliver a ground-breaking non-native species eradication project. Experience in delivering complex projects or programmes on the ground is essential and knowledge (and ideally first-hand experience) of non-native species eradications is an advantage. You will be responsible for managing staff to deliver the project in accordance with an agreed project plan and will be responsible for reporting to a project steering group to ensure they are informed and can make effective decisions. You will coordinate and support the delivery of all elements of the project, including the eradication, biosecurity measures, community activities, native wildlife monitoring, young ambassadors activities as well as financial management and reporting. You will have experience of working with local communities in a collaborative and sensitive way. You must be skilled in leadership and management of staff. Key tasks will include:

- Responsibility for delivering all project outputs and outcomes and the delivery of change where required
- Setting direction for and motivating and inspiring a large team
- Inspiring confidence in all internal and external stakeholders
- Ensuring stakeholder support and engagement is maintained throughout the project's lifetime
- Identifying and highlighting emerging risks and issues and advising on mitigation to the steering group
- Securing a lasting legacy for the project

Orkney is famous for its landscape, its history, its culture and its wildlife. The Orkney Native Wildlife Project aims to safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney and the benefits it provides for local people and the economy by addressing the threat it faces from an invasive non-native predator: the stoat.

Stoats were first reported in Orkney in 2010 and their presence threatens the Orkney vole, which is found nowhere else in the world, and many birds including hen harriers, short-eared owls, red-throated divers, waders and seabirds, many of which support Orkney's thriving wildlife tourism industry. It is therefore essential to remove stoats from Orkney to prevent significant and long-term negative impacts on Orkney's native wildlife and ensure future generations can continue to enjoy it.

This project will work with local communities and landowners to undertake the world's largest stoat eradication operation. Comprehensive biosecurity measures will be implemented and maintained during and beyond the lifetime of the project, to reduce the risk of reinvasion and to secure the long-term sustainability of the eradication. Education, training and interpretation will inform and encourage people to become involved in conserving and monitoring wildlife in their local areas. Tour operators will learn about the importance of Orkney's wildlife, sharing information with visitors to encourage wildlife-friendly tourism. Young people will become ambassadors for the project ensuring that Orkney's
natural heritage is not forgotten in the future.

The project is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Orkney Islands Council, and is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and EU LIFE.

Salary starting at

£29,507 to £31,966 per annum - Applicants should expect under normal circumstances to receive an offer at the bottom of the advertised range

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: 4 year Fixed Term Contract

Closing date: 6 December 2019
Interview date: 17 December 2019

How to apply

Our job information pack and accompanying role profile tell you all about the key result areas and the skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A2751019 - on your application.

Role Profile (Word 159Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Job information pack (PDF 594Kb, requires Adobe Reader)

Application details (Word 31Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

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.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Sarah Sankey

Send application details to
Sarah Kelly