Wildlife Protection Officers (x2 posts)

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Scottish Wildlife Trust

Job title: Wildlife Protection Officers (x2 posts)

Job description: Status: April 2024 – June 2024. 35 hours per week

Closing date: 31 January 2024, 12 noon

Scotland’s leading nature conservation charity is looking for enthusiastic individuals to undertake the role of Wildlife Protection Officer (WPO) based at Loch of the Lowes. This paid role includes free accommodation, invaluable training and the opportunity to develop experience in species protection, working with volunteers and public engagement.

Based at Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve, this 8-week role will focus on providing osprey and other wildlife species protection during the sensitive period of the breeding season. The role will require working closely with the Perthshire Ranger, the Volunteer Nest Protection Team and Visitor Centre staff.

Successful candidates will receive on-site accommodation, in a loch-side, wooden eco-bothy for the duration of the role.

Duties include:

· Monitoring and recording breeding ospreys’ behaviour

· Providing protection for the resident ospreys, their nest, eggs, chicks and other species during the critical part of the breeding season

· Engaging with members of the public, both in the hides and on regular patrols around the reserve

· Intervening and taking appropriate action in incidents of disturbance

· Monitoring additional webcams for beaver activity and other wildlife footage

· Working closely with Visitor Centre staff and volunteers

· Producing an end of season summary report

Training and Support:

The candidate will have the fantastic opportunity to gain experience in;

· Species ID

· Use of webcam and security camera software

· Working with volunteers

· Public engagement

The successful candidate will ideally have:

· An interest and passion in nature conservation

· Good knowledge of natural history, species ID and surveying skills

· Experience of bird monitoring or species protection work is beneficial

· Experience of living in shared accommodation with colleagues and contributing to a positive living environment

· The ability to work unsociable hours

· A reasonable standard of physical fitness and resilience to undertake shifts in the hide in cold conditions

· A positive and flexible approach to work and other team members

· The ability to communicate with volunteers, staff and members of the public in an approachable and confident manner

· Experience of conflict resolution

· A high level of self-motivation, personal responsibility and organisational skills

· Good computer literacy skills

· Understanding of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

· Driver’s License (highly desirable)

· First Aid Qualification

*Please note the Wildlife Protection Officer role is dependent on the return of breeding ospreys. Covid-19 precautions will be applied as appropriate, particularly with regards to the bothy accommodation.

Closing Date: 31 January 2024, 12 noon

Interviews will take place W/C 12th February 2024. TBC

Scottish Wildlife Trust are an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and welcome applications from diverse groups. If you require more information, please contact recruitment @scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 0131 312 4718

For nearly 60 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas.

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

Scottish Wildlife Trust
Harbourside House
110 Commercial Street

Expected salary: £22000 per year

Location: Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross

Job date: Sat, 23 Dec 2023 03:38:48 GMT

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