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Logo: Wildfowl & Wetlands TrustSevern Curlew Project Officer

HQ, WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (fieldwork from Gloucestershire to Shropshire)

37.5 hours per week working 5 days from 7 with considerable flexibility during fieldwork periods

24,790 - 26,095 pro rata


This is a fixed term contract for 9 months


(Fieldwork from Gloucestershire to Shropshire)


WWT is a leader in threatened species recovery. We have recently reintroduced Eurasian cranes to Somerset, and they are now nesting in western Britain for the first time in 400 years. We are implementing a translocation programme for black-tailed godwits in eastern England. Internationally, we lead the ground-breaking headstarting programme for the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, and the reintroduction programme for the worlds rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard.


We are now launching a conservation programme for Eurasian Curlew, the most pressing bird conservation issue in the UK. The first phase of the work involves establishing a recovery programme in the Severn region. This will involve translocation; working with partners and land managers to create and improve curlew habitat; designing innovative conservation methods; and engaging local communities.


WWTs Conservation Action team is seeking an energetic and experienced Project Officer to develop our new Curlew Recovery project in the Severn region.


You will be responsible for developing and co-ordinating the programme in its first year, by creating partnerships with volunteer teams, NGOs and land managers to improve Curlew habitat and management. You will participate in gathering scientific data on curlews in the Severn Vale, and manage a Research Officer. You will develop activities to engage stakeholders and local communities in curlew conservation.


You will have a strong track record in co-ordinating conservation projects in the UK, with experience of working with farmers, volunteers and partner organisations to deliver practical conservation outcomes. You will have experience of ornithological fieldwork, ideally on wading birds and above all, you will be an enthusiastic conservationist, a team-player and a problem-solver.


In return for your hard work and dedication youll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:


  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Life assurance
  • Free parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres


For more information, and to apply for the role, please click here 


Closing date:  28th February 2019

Interview date:  7th March 2019


Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410

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