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Orkney Native Wildlife Project - Monitoring Officer

Reference number: A2841019

Location: Orkney

We are looking for an enthusiastic naturalist with exceptional communication and people skills to inspire new volunteers to get involved with the Orkney Native Wildlife Project.

You will be responsible for the "Citizen Science and Native Wildlife Monitoring" component of the project which aims to increase knowledge of species population trends in Orkney through coordinating native species surveys across the county (via staff and volunteers), delivering a Citizen Science Programme, and encouraging volunteer participation in wildlife surveying or monitoring remote nest camera footage. Focus species/groups will include the Orkney vole, meadow pipit, skylark, waders, birds of prey and seabirds. You will also set up a web page where stoat and native species sightings can be easily reported by both local residents and visitors.

Other key tasks will include:

- Organising events to recruit volunteers across the islands.
- Delivering training for undertaking species surveys and work closely with stakeholders such as local wildlife groups.
- Assisting the ONWP Community Engagement Officer in running training events to encourage volunteer stoat trapping and monitoring.
- Assisting the Education Officer with school field trips to ensure any data collected is usable.
- Designing survey methodologies alongside a Conservation Scientist to ensure that any new data collected can be compared to existing data.
- Ensuring land access permissions have been granted for any monitoring work
- Undertaking surveys.
- Being responsible for data management and analysis to create species population trends as the eradication progresses (from volunteer surveys and website sightings) as well as report writing.
- Supporting and coordinating volunteers, including hosting annual celebration and thankyou events.

You will have excellent identification skills and experience undertaking surveys to monitor a range of species. You will have excellent attention to detail and the ability to create and maintain accurate records. You will have the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences in an appropriate and sensitive manner. You will have the skills and experience necessary to recruit, train and inspire a team of motivated volunteers.

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project, a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and Orkney Islands Council. It aims to safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney now and into the future by addressing the threat it faces from an invasive non-native predator: the stoat.

Salary starting at

£19,602 to £21,236 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: Fixed term for 4 years

Closing date: 18 November 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 A2841019 on your application.

Role Profile (Word 189Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Job information pack (PDF 625Kb, 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
Chris Bell

Send application details to
Sarah Kelly