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Species Protection Officer x 2

Loch of the Lowes

Duration: March - May* 2019


Working in rural Perthshire, the successful candidates will monitor all aspects of the returning breeding ospreys from their wintering grounds of West Africa.  They will ensure protection of the nest and eggs on a predominantly nightshift working pattern.  An additional exciting new element of this post is to monitor any activity seen on our recently installed beaver CCTV system and to run regular Beaverwatch events for members of the public.   Free accommodation is available on site in a well equipped and comfortable, eco bothy.


Duties include:


  • Observations from the bird hide to ensure protection of birds, eggs and nest.
  • Recording feeding times, parent changeovers and movement of other ospreys, on the reserve. Observing visual monitors overnight to ensure protection of nest.
  • Producing end of season report.
  • Liaising with local volunteers to ensure permanent 24 hour protection is in place.
  • Liaison with members of the public answering questions, disseminating information about the ospreys and the law regarding Schedule 1 birds, in an interesting and friendly manner.
  • Liaison with Police Wildlife Crime officer as appropriate.
  • Patrol reserve on a regular basis.
  • Monitor any beaver activity seen on CCTV.
  • Editing and utilising webcam footage to create interesting social media content and blogs.
  • Run regular Beaverwatch evenings for members of the public.


Familiarity with the species and its threats, knowledge of wild birds and the law, natural history and nature conservation is essential.  These posts demand a reasonable degree of physical resilience and an enthusiasm to working out of doors.  The ability to work closely with a small team and excellent organisational and communication skills are also essential.


Interviews will be held early March, and can include the opportunity of an overnight stay to allow candidates to see the accommodation and facilities first-hand.


*Applicants should be aware that the appointment and duration of these posts depend on the successful return and nesting of the ospreys.


Starting Salary: 16,380 per annum

Status: Fixed term contract with full-time working hours (35 hours per week).  Job-share applicants are welcome.


For application pack and job descriptions see www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk, e-mail recruitment@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk or phone 0131 312 7765.


Closing date: noon, 31 January 2019


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