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National Trust


Location: Orford Ness, Orford Quay, Woodbridge, IP12 2NU

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract until 31-Dec-2024

Reference/IRC: IRC123754

Closing Date: 26th June 2022

Salary: £21,684 per annum

This is a rare opportunity to work on Orford Ness, engaging with our visitors, local communities and stakeholders about the impact of disturbance to wildlife, particularly Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

You'll be required to work 5 days a week during some summer months, and less hours through winter months.

Orford Ness is ranked as among the most important shingle features in the world where rare and fragile wildlife thrive. It also has a fascinating history as a secret 20th century military testing facility. Orford Ness shingle spit, while narrowly joined to the mainland in the north, is in nearly all aspects an island, and only accessed across the river Alde-Ore by boat from Orford Quay.

You’ll help plan and deliver an engagement programme around the protection and monitoring of Lesser black-backed gulls, a species amber listed in the UK Birds of Conservation Concern. Working alongside an LBBG Ranger and a team of volunteers, you’ll create and deliver an effective engagement campaign to support the work of increasing the breeding population of gulls, including an enhanced presence during the breeding season.

You’ll play a key role delivering strong messaging to promote the work being undertaken to increase protection for this important species alongside the wider work on Orford Ness and within the National Trust.

You’ll need to have strong communication, presentation, and engagement skills as you’ll be working with the public, answering questions and explaining the work being undertaken.

You’ll be required to work flexibly across the year, with a focus on the gull breeding season (March to August). Your work will include working weekends, bank holidays and evenings.

Who we're looking for

You’ll need to;

  • Deliver practical conservation work to protect and enhance the conservation status of the property
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
  • Able to engage with visitors to ensure they understand the value of your work
  • Help create a great place to work, sharing common goals
  • Be enthusiastic with a willingness to learn
  • Be an excellent team player
  • Be able to work safely, with risk assessments and compliance with safety procedures
  • Experience in a land, access and conservation management
  • Experience in and working in a similar outdoor setting
  • Competence with machinery and equipment as well as having the relevant certificates required
  • A full UK driving licence

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Closing Date: 26/06/2022  Location: Orford Ness, Orford Quay, Woodbridge, IP12 2NU

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