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Assistant Conservation Officer - Black Grouse

Assistant Conservation Officer - Black Grouse
Location: Llangollen, North Wales Moors
Salary: £26,379.00 - £28,319.00 Per Annum
Hours: Full-Time, part time may be considered
Contract: 6 months Fixed-Term

The Black Grouse is an iconic feature of Wales’ uplands. Its communal leks are one of nature’s most stunning displays, as flamboyant males strut, posture, and fight in front of the females. This display is now becoming a rare sight and we are at risk of their place in the Welsh landscape becoming just a memory.

This role will mainly be based around the northern regions of the Berwyn Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), in the RSPB North Wales Moors Priority Landscape, a hidden gem in North Wales which holds truly iconic upland species.

The role will allow the applicant to work outdoors most of the time, and all desk-based work can be completed from home. This focal area is not a nature reserve, the successful candidate will work alongside private landowners and the local community. The Site comprises upland habitats (blanket bog and dry heath), ffridd, and woodland, most of which is active agricultural land.

The overall aim of the role is to deliver the RSPB’s Black Grouse Nature Networks Project, A Heritage Fund delivered on behalf of the Welsh Government. This will include delivering habitat management works, working closely with our partners, and undertaking surveys, all of which will benefit the conservation of Black Grouse in Wales.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and organising habitat management works, ensuring all permissions and consents are in place.
  • Managing contractors and ensuring works are completed within the specified timeframe and budget and all health and safety protocols are followed.
  • Work closely with Natural Resources Wales and be on-site to ensure capital works do not breach consents or damage sensitive habitats.
  • Undertaking of ecological surveys.
  • Build positive relationships with landowners so that RSPB’s policies and messages are understood and furthered.
  • Running demonstration days with local stakeholders and the local community to champion Black Grouse in the Welsh landscape.
  • Reporting on results and progress.

The role will also be available during the autumn/winter period (2025/26), so would be suitable for a candidate looking to develop their skills and experiences during the autumn and winter seasons.

Closing: Sunday 28th July

To complete your application online, please CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 28/07/2024  Location: Llangollen, North Wales Moors

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