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Conservation Advisor

Reference: MAY20229479
Location: Inverness
Salary: £28,420.00 - £31,529.00 Per Annum
Duration: Maternity Cover, Full-Time for 37.5 hrs p/wk

Our programme of work with farmers and crofters is well-established with action plans that outline delivery over the next few years. Your role will be to build and strengthen relationships with external partners and private landowners to provide them with the tools to save nature on their land.

The role will involve working with farmers and land managers across the Cairngorms National Park to deliver conservation actions for key farmland waders including Curlew, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Snipe and Redshank. This work will be informed by wader surveys carried out in 2021 in Strathspey and Glenlivet. 

Delivery will involve working closely with Cairngorm National Park staff, representatives of the Strathspey Wetlands and Waders Initiative partnership and NatureScot. The advisor will be responsible for facilitating activities at landscape-scale, including organising contractors to undertake habitat audits; drafting work schedules and land management agreements; and overseeing on-the-ground delivery; including the creation of wader scrapes, delivery of rush management and soil improvement programmes across multiple sites.

The successful candidate will have experience of habitat management for breeding waders, carrying our breeding bird surveys, data management and working with land managers as well as a good understanding of agricultural systems, natural history and ecology.


  • Degree level qualification in a relevant subject or ability to show equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of the ecology, species and habitats of the operational area of this role.
  • Sufficient knowledge of a range of delivery mechanisms for conservation work relevant to the operational area of this role
  • Understanding of the concept of landscape scale conservation.
  • Proven ability to influence others and negotiate desired outcomes.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • MS Office literate.
  • Working experience of land management schemes (eg agri-environment) and their application.
  • Experience of working to survey, protect and/or manage important sites, species or habitats.
  • Experience of managing volunteers and setting clear work priorities.
  • Experience of productive partnership working.

If you have experience with ecological surveys, providing advice and want to make a real difference for the future, we would love to hear from you!

Closing: Monday 27th June

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Closing Date: 27/06/2022  Location: Inverness

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