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Hen Harrier Nest Protection Officer - 4 Posts

Reference number: A4700120

Location: Lancashire

The RSPB is looking for seasonal flexible contract staff for the overnight nest protection of hen harriers in northern England. 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 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.

In the past the nest protection posts have been based in some of the most exciting areas in England for upland wildlife. The calls and songs of ring ouzels, cuckoos, whinchats and red grouse will be a frequent background to the focus of the work. The post aims to offer a unique opportunity to play a part in trying to help one of England's rarest bird species nest successfully.

Successful applicants will have described in the application form how they meet the essential skills and experience that are detailed in the role profile, with particular emphasis on their experience of British upland conditions and terrain, and knowledge and experience of species protection work.

RSPB hen harrier work is supported by United Utilities.

Salary starting at

£8.46 to £9.17 Per Hour

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time, Hourly paid as and when required
Contract: Fixed Term for 6 Months

Closing date: 27 February 2020

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 A4700120 on your application.

Role Profile (Word 145Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Application details (Word 33Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare both spent and unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
James Bray

Send application details to
Louise Gill