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South West Lakes Trust

Invasive Species Officer

Area: Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset

Base: Roadford Lake office and home working also required to travel to Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset sites

Type: Fixed term 01 May 2021 - 31 March 2025

Hours: 37.5 hours per week on a flexible basis; including weekends, Bank Holidays and some evenings.

Salary: £23,000 - £27,000 per annum

South West Lakes is a leading organisation in the work to record, monitor and control invasive non native species in UK waterways, having recently been awarded accreditation for excellence in biosecurity at many of our lakes through the AQUA (Aquatic Quality Award) Biosecurity Accreditation Pilot Scheme in partnership with South West Water. We are recruiting for an experienced nature conservation and biosecurity professional to take a leading role in our biosecurity work at our sites across South West England. This role offers a wide range of engagement opportunities with members of the public and other stakeholders, as well as continuing to build working relationships with like-minded organisations. The ideal candidate will have experience in related fields, leading volunteer teams in nature conservation work, and a passion for developing their INNS knowledge and skills.

The Role

  • Work with South West Water to deliver invasive species obligations with a particular focus on biosecurity preparation and implementation.
  • Provide specialist advice on biosecurity and invasive non-native species , to employees, volunteers and user groups.
  • Train SW Lakes and South West Water (SWW) employees and volunteers in the identification and reporting of INNS
  • Organise relevant small-scale mitigation works as per project requirements, liaising with SWW on larger scale schemes for funding and delivery.
  • Deliver outreach events to educate user groups and stakeholders on species identification and the importance of biosecurity
  • Review and update biosecurity protocol and procedures, communicating updates to the wider organisation. Prepare as required INNS position statements.

Knowledge, Experience & Skills

  • Knowledge of working within designated sites, invasive species and the requirements and restrictions this brings about. (E)
  • Experience in conservation and countryside management including undertaking ecological studies and knowledge of geographical information systems. (E)
  • Experience in developing and writing invasive species management, pathway action or rapid response plans. (D)
  • Commitment to learn and grow INNS knowledge and skills, volunteer and budget management (E)

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Closing Date: 5pm 22 April 2021

Closing Date: 22/04/2021  Location: Roadford Lake office and home working also required to travel to Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset sites

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