Reference: JAN20225412
Expiry date: 23:59, 21 February 2022
Location: Flexible in England
Salary: £32,400.00 – £35,944.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave (pro-rata)
Duration: 12 months
Attachments: CandidateGuidanceNotes.pdf

We are searching for an experienced conservationist to lead on development of regional medium- to long-term strategies and delivery plans for the coastal habitat creation at key sites in England. We will provide and facilitate exchange of knowledge on habitat restoration and creation opportunities using several methods such as beneficial use of dredged materials, managed realignment, saltmarsh restoration, shingle recharge and water management within coastal marshes, scrapes and reedbed habitats. The role will require engagement of the regional and local stakeholders, partners, and independent experts to develop a pipeline of well-planned projects for selected English regions.

LIFE on the Edge (www.projectlote.life) is a 4-year LIFE Nature project lead by the RSPB with the National Trust with the aim to improve habitat conditions of the target coastal sites while also building their long-term resilience and informing future work elsewhere. The low-lying coastlines support globally important numbers of breeding, migrating and wintering waterbirds. These birds and their habitats are protected within an extensive network of protected areas but are nevertheless under great and growing pressure. This is due partly to natural erosion and deposition, partly to climate change-induced sea-level rise, and partly to developmental and recreational impacts.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop national recovery plans for selected coastal bird species. The main cross-cutting theme is to provide strategic focus and develop best practice management for beach nesting birds such as ringed plovers and oystercatchers. However, we would also like to focus on developing recovery plans for colonial seabirds, waders such as redshank and avocet, and colonisers. In doing so, we need to engage a wide range of stakeholders and learn from similar schemes in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

We are looking for an experienced conservation practitioner/ ecologist with a preferably coastal ecology, habitat restoration and species recovery background who can ascertain complex site-specific information, stakeholder feedback and collective knowledge and experience to develop detailed plans for coastal habitat and species recovery plans in selected regions of England.

This is a 12-month contract with a possibility of extension, as part of the RSPB Global Species Recovery Team, with flexible location but frequent travel required to NW, South and East of England. The postholder will work closely with RSPB national and area teams and many other organisations particularly NT, NE and EA.

Essential skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications:

  • Degree in ecology or conservation, or proven practical experience within work area to demonstrate essential conservation delivery knowledge/skills.
  • Detailed knowledge of practical conservation delivery enabling them to understand, interpret and advise external experts in their work area on how to support our species & habitat conservation objectives.
  • Detailed knowledge of natural history enabling identification of priority species and habitats, understanding of their ecological needs and practical conservation response, within their work area.
  • RSPB- and externally-recognized expert in particular technical area(s).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to be able to achieve key result areas outlined above.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate successful time-management and organisational skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain successful partnerships and working relationships to deliver key result areas.
  • Able to prioritise effectively.
  • Project management and implementation.
  • Technical expertise within field of responsibility, including where appropriate, the ability to assess risk.
  • Skilled use of Microsoft Office and associated software.
  • Taxonomic, identification and practical field skills appropriate to the post.
  • Proven experience delivering and/or managing practical conservation work within a relevant work area.
  • Successful project management demonstrated by delivery of stated objectives, within budget and on time.
  • Proven, effective, staff management experience.
  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths.

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience

  • Higher degree in related subject.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Project development experience.
  • Confident and capable of being a public face for RSPB to specialist audiences, as well as general audiences via the media.

This is a Fixed-Term, Full-Time contract until March 2023. The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 28th February 2022. For further information please contact Leigh.Lock@rspb.org.uk

As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

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

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.