The Greater Thames Estuary is one of the most important wetland landscapes in Europe, supporting significant populations of migrating and wintering birds as well as a diverse range of rare wetland plants, mammals and invertebrates. Faced with multiple challenges, from the effects of climate change to the pressures of urban development and changes in land use, this landscape is now under threat; vital habitats are deteriorating, and biodiversity is in decline.

With funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund and in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust, Essex Wildlife Trust, Kent Wildfowling & Conservation Association, and Elmley Nature Reserve, the RSPB are embarking on A Greener Thames, a programme of landscape-scale restoration and enhancement across the Greater Thames Estuary.

Seasonal Surveyor – Field Officer x 2
Reference: JAN20222973
Location: Kent and Essex
Salary: £18,100 – £20,080 per annum
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance
Duration: 6 months

We are looking for 2 dynamic and enthusiastic seasonal surveyors to coordinate and deliver a program of ecological surveying across Kent and Essex on the project sites. You’ll be working with people from across our partner organisations as well as local landowners and communities so excellent communication skills are required.

Proven ecological surveying experience are a must for these roles and a knowledge of survey methodologies. Most importantly, you’ll be highly organised, adaptable and resilient with the energy to deliver transformational change for nature across the Greater Thames Estuary.

You will also be involved in the training programme for the Conservation Traineeship part of the project, helping them develop their surveying and report writing skills.

This is a role that requires responsible lone working in rural locations, therefore experience of working in this way and demonstrating initiative is essential.

The successful candidate will predominantly be home and field-based, working at sites across Kent and Essex coast, sometimes involving early morning starts. The working hours of the role will be flexible to accommodate this. The successful candidate should have access to a vehicle so that you can get to remote locations.

The role can be based flexibly within England but will require weekly travel to the project area in the Greater Thames Estuary in Essex and Kent.

Key areas of work will include:

  • Planning and carry out ecological surveys against which the programme can be assessed, and which feed into the bank of knowledge about nature in the Thames.
  • Surveying project sites for various taxa, including breeding birds surveys (BBS), Wetland bird surveys (WeBS) and water vole.
  • Reporting writing and data management.
  • Liaising and working with project partners, landowners, and stakeholders to ensure that the project is embraced by them.
  • Supporting our programme of training and community events for young people in the Thames Estuary.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Energy, enthusiasm and adaptability to ensure that a variety of surveys are delivered on budget and on time
  • Excellent avian and non-avian identification skills.
  • Experience and knowledge of Breeding Bird Surveys and wader productivity surveys.
  • Experience and knowledge of other survey techniques such as mammal, botanical and entomological
  • Excellent communication skills and able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Well organised approach to work.
  • Understanding of partnership working and managing relationships with landowners
  • Knowledge and experience of report writing and data management.
  • To work under your own initiative and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • A good awareness of health and safety, especially lone working procedures.
  • Competent IT skills
  • Driving license


  • Water Vole Licence (CL31 Licence)

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Closing Date: 23:59, 20 February 2022

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