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Edinburgh Swift City Project Officer

Reference number: A5200220

Location: Edinburgh

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to help turn Edinburgh into Scotland's first 'Swift City', and its residents into swift advocates!

This exciting role will involve recruiting and training volunteers to establish where swifts are currently nesting across Edinburgh; encouraging schools and local communities to develop 'swift streets' by installing swift nest boxes on public and private buildings, and working with local developers to ensure that swift bricks are incorporated into new buildings in the city. You will organise and deliver city-wide public engagement events and commission artwork to raise awareness of the plight of these wonderful birds. Working with licenced swift-ringing specialists you will help fit satelite geolocation tags to a number of swifts to monitor, for the first time, their journey from Edinburgh to their overwintering grounds in Africa. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in volunteer management and data management skills as part of this project.

You will be enthusiastic, bold and outward facing with excellent communication skills to act as a champion for this amazing species. You will have good natural history knowledge and a passion for engaging people in conservation.

The RSPB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to the appropriate safeguarding checks upon appointment.

Salary starting at

£19,602 to £21,236 Per Annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed Term for 12 Months

Closing date: 6 March 2020
Interview date: 18 March 2020

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 A5200220 on your application.

Role Profile (Word 147Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Job information pack (PDF 515Kb, requires Adobe Reader)

Application details (Word 33Kb, 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
Scott Shanks

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