Location Shropshire and Powys
Salary £29,000 to £32,000 equivalent per annum based on experience and skill
Benefits 10% Employer contribution to pension after 6-month probationary period
Position Type Full Time. This is a fixed term contract to 31st December 2023, with the potential for extension, subject to funding.
Working Pattern 37.5 hours per week – In the Curlew breeding season flexibility will be required to maximise effectiveness. Both weekend and evening work will be required. At other times during the year occasional weekend and evening working may be required outside usual working hours.
Work Base Curlew Country’s office is at Rigmoreoak, The Bog, Pennerley, Minsterley, SY5 0NE.
You will work mainly in the beautiful surroundings of the Shropshire Hills AONB and over the English and Welsh border into Montgomeryshire.
Employer Curlew Country is an independent, self-funded organisation, hosted by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. GWCT is the employer and all non-contract staff including this post are seconded to Curlew Country
Role and Context
This is a unique opportunity to work with a pioneering conservation organisation focussed on curlew recovery and the associated multiple benefits that this flagship species can deliver. Could you be instrumental in winning the race against time to save this iconic red list species? Your role will be to deliver the next phase of this dynamic, innovative, flexible, fast- moving initiative and you will use a blend of practical and management skills. You will need experience, passion, energy, and drive to ensure that opportunities for Curlew Recovery in the Shropshire and Welsh borders are maximised in 2023.
Curlew Country operates in a landscape of about 200km2 and has been at the forefront of lowland hill farm curlew recovery work. 130 plus chicks have fully fledged successfully since 2017 through its conservation work on farmland. Field work programmes include natural nest monitoring and interventions for success: nest protection and habitat management, and headstarting.
Partnership with local farmers and land manager to establish, through field trials and interventions, what is needed for and to progress Curlew recovery is essential to the initiative. A key part of the role will be an understanding of lowland hill farm business and practices and nurturing and developing land manager partnerships. It will be important to facilitate curlew breeding success and the multiple benefits that it can deliver environmentally whilst enabling farming to flourish within the backdrop of the current developing Agri-environment schemes.
Curlew Country also engages widely with a local and national audience raising awareness of the plight of Curlew. You will need good engagement and ambassadorial skills.
You will be responsible for the co-ordination and successful delivery of the annual programme of work. In 2023 this will include nest monitoring, headstarting and research. You will manage a small seasonal team of staff and volunteers, collaborate with external consultants, and oversee the work undertaken by contractors.
About Curlew Country
Curlew Country started in 2014 and was originally part of a Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) since the end of the LPS in 2018, it has been hosted by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Curlew Country has a small staff team, and everyone is expected to be involved in the full range of activity.
Its path-finding work has led to several innovations in Curlew conservation including trialling temporary electric fencing around Curlew nests, Curlew Cam and headstarting.
Curlew Country is an independent, self-funded organisation.
The Curlew Country Project Manager will report to and work closely with the Curlew Country Director
Essential skills knowledge and experience
Desirable skills and experience
Please submit a covering letter and CV to Amanda Perkins, Curlew Country Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 8th February, 2023.
Interview date: Tuesday 14th February, 2023
Closing Date: 08/02/2023 Location: Shropshire and Powys