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Logo: RSPBTitle: Ecosystems Services Officer

Reference: A6320219
Location: Machynlleth Area, Powys
Salary starting at: 19,602 - 21,236 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: 6 months

 

Are you passionate about woodland and the benefits that it brings to both people and wildlife? We are recruiting an Ecosystem Services Officer to support the delivery of an exciting new EU LIFE-funded project in Wales: Celtic Rainforests.

 

In partnership with other organisations including Snowdonia National Park and the Woodland Trust, we will be delivering conservation management in targeted woodlands in north and central Wales. We want to document and quantify the changes in ecosystem services; in particular cultural services, such as active enjoyment by tourists, and attachment to the sites by local people.

 

The position will involve carrying out a baseline assessment of the provision of ecosystem services in the current state, and comparing these to those expected under optimal forest management. This will involve interviewing stakeholders, residents and visitors using established social science methods. The RSPB is a partner in the development of the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA), and this would normally form the basis or our work in carrying out such an assessment. However, other approaches and tools will also be considered, depending on the skills and experience of the appointed person.

 

The successful candidate will have a background in ecosystem services, and knowledge of interview and survey methods and analysis. They will have a passion for nature conservation, and a desire to explore how conservation management and communication can affect people's enjoyment of the natural environment. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a major project, delivering big gains for wildlife and people in Wales.

 

Closing: 16 March 2019

 

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