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Conservation Advisor - Turtle Dove Tests and Trials

Reference number: A5240220

Location: Suffolk/Essex

Want to help shape the future of agri-environment support for farmers and wildlife in England? We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic farmland advisor to work with landowners in Suffolk and Essex to support them to take part in a Defra-funded project which is trialling a novel approach to delivering land management that could help save one of our threatened species, the turtle dove.

About the project
You will engage farmers across identified auction "zones" in Suffolk and Essex to support them to provide habitat on their land for turtle doves, primarily via a novel and innovative reverse auction mechanism. You will support farmers through the bidding process and then, if successful, to implement measures to help turtle doves in East Anglia. This partnership project forms part of a wider programme of 'tests and trials' being run by Defra to engage with stakeholders and inform the design of the post Brexit environmental land management system in England.

About you
The post-holder will be responsible for fostering close links with the farming community in the project area in Suffolk and Essex. Excellent communication skills will be essential as a core element of the role will be to provide farmland advice and run training sessions. The successful candidate will have excellent ecological experience and monitoring skills. A good understanding of farming systems and how these can deliver benefits for biodiversity is also be essential.

Salary starting at

£25,463 to £27,585 per annum.

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: 30 month Fixed Term Contract

Closing date: 2 March 2020
Interview date: 9 March 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 A5240220 on your application.

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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
Stephanie Morren
01767 693282

Send application details to
Claire Jay
RSPB England - Norwich Stalham House 65 Thorpe Road Norwich Norfolk NR1 1UD
01603 697502