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Curlew LIFE Project Officer

Curlew LIFE Project Officer (Fixed-Term)
Location: RSPB Cymru – Bangor
Salary: £23,939 - £26,558 Per Annum
Hours: Full Time for 37.5 hours per week
Duration: Fixed Term for 2 years until December 2024
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave

What's the role about?

Curlew are under threat in Wales with predicted extinction in Wales by 2033 without conservation action. Curlews in Crisis is a LIFE project which works across the UK implementing conservation measures to help halt the decline in breeding curlew. This is your chance to be part of a team delivering urgent conservation actions.

In Wales, the project is based in the Important Curlew Areas (ICA) Ysbyty Ifan and Hiraethog. This is a stronghold for curlew in Wales with approximately 60 pairs remaining, however, productivity is low and this population is under threat. The reason for curlew decline is due to a mixture of factors which effect the ability of curlew to successfully breed. These include loss of high-quality habitat, changes in agricultural practice, afforestation and predation.

Through habitat improvements, nest protection measures and working with farmers, we aim to boost productivity and increase the number of breeding curlew within the project area. The Project Officer will be a key member of the Curlew LIFE team in Wales.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Key project outcomes rely on working with farmers and other landowners. You will be able to develop strong working relationships with farmers, provide advice and support.
  • An understanding of upland land management and agricultural-environment schemes and how these relate to curlew and the habitats they use.
  • A good understanding of species and habitats of the area including measures required to protect and restore these.
  • Experience in undertaking surveys for waders.
  • Organised and able to organise a survey team.
  • An understanding of predator control in relation to conservation of protected species and the role lethal and non-lethal methods have within the project.
  • You will work as part of a local team in Wales and be part of the wider UK team, team work and communication skills are essential.
  • Confident to walk and navigate in remote and rugged environments;
  • Full, manual driving licence that is valid in the UK.

Closing Date: 23:59, Thu, 15th Dec 2022

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 11th January 2023.

To complete your online application / find out more please CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 15/12/2022  Location: RSPB Cymru - Bangor

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