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Logo: RSPBBiosecurity Officer
Reference: A0660519
Location: West Scotland or Glasgow/Edinburgh
Salary: 25,463 to 27,585 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: 2 year fixed term contract


Seabirds thrive on predator-free islands. Around the UK has been an historic strong-hold, and good biosecurity is essential to maintain these sites as safe for breeding seabirds. The UK-wide Biosecurity for LIFE project is working to address the threat.


The Biosecurity Officer will be working with island residents and businesses to deliver the project activities locally to develop capacity to plan and implement island biosecurity in Western and Central Scotland and Northern England.


The Biosecurity Officer will:

  • be focused on 16 islands and island groups designated as Special Protection Areas for seabirds
  • deliver biosecurity training workshops
  • work with island residents to develop a community-led biosecurity plan for the Isle of Rum.
  • recruit, train and motivate incursion response volunteers and biosecurity champions, and inspire these volunteers to become leaders in biosecurity action on remote offshore islands.
  • lead on establishing incursion response hubs to cover all these SPAs, and provide practical assistance, support and technical advice
  • work with local decision makers and influencers to ensure this project will leave a lasting legacy.
  • support on the delivery of a biosecurity awareness raising campaign.


The ideal candidate will

  • empower island residents and local communities to protect islands through comprehensive biosecurity programmes.
  • be able to influence and motivate a wide range of people, from ferry and fish farm operators to school children and tourists to develop, share and implement biosecurity best practice across the UK.
  • have existing knowledge and understanding of island biosecurity, and previous experience of working with island communities.


Closing: 21 July 2019
Interviews: 14 August 2019


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