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Warden - Mainland Orkney Reserves

Warden - Mainland Orkney Reserves (Full-Time)
Reference: NOV20210634
Location: RSPB Scotland – Orkney
Salary: £25,280.00 - £28,045.00 pa
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance

We are seeking a dynamic individual, with relevant experience, to join the Orkney team and help deliver our conservation objectives across our reserves network.

The RSPB team on Orkney is mainly based in our office in Stromness. The extended team includes a Conservation Officer and Adviser, who are involved in providing advice on management of land out with the reserves. Our Communications and Events Officer looks after all our public engagement work, and we have an Education Officer who works with the Orkney schools. We have an Office Manager to keep things running smoothly. Outside of the Stromness office we have a small team to run the reserve and farm operations on Egilsay and a seasonal Asst. Warden on Papa Westray. An Area Manager oversees the entire RSPB team and a partnership project (Orkney Native Wildlife Project) based in Kirkwall to remove the invasive non-native stoat from across Orkney.

What’s the role about?

As one of the wardens for Orkney reserves, you will help to deliver our management plan objectives for each site alongside the existing reserves and area teams. Main tasks include delivery of habitat management, ensuring high health and safety and cross compliance standards, monitoring of key bird species and associated administration.

Our primary habitat management is grazing but work on the ground also includes seasonal cutting of vegetation, removal of non-native invasive species, production and use of green hay, predator control and management of contractors occasionally. Grazing is currently supplied by third party graziers but in addition we are keen to develop our own in-house capacity by acquiring our own RSPB grazing herd to help target management on our reserves.

To deliver management plan objectives the warden would be involved in project management, supervision of contractors, providing a quality visitor experience, report writing and other associated administration, working as part of a team or on own at times and assisting in managing and inspiring local volunteers. A variety of machinery and equipment is required to be used for habitat management work from brushcutters to tractors.

Closing date: 08:00, 14 February 2022
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 1st March 2022

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Closing Date: 14/02/2022  Location: Orkney, Scotland

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