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Conservation Advisor - Dartmoor Moorland

Are you a great communicator with a passion for nature and a good grasp of upland management? If so, this role is an exciting opportunity to work with the farming community, partner organisations and volunteers in Dartmoor National Park.

Reference: FEB20234303
Location: Flexible in the Dartmoor area
Salary: £30,940 - £33,215 Pro Rata
Hours: Part-time – 22.5 hours
Duration: 1 year contract

The RSPB is a partner in the National Lottery Heritage Fund project ‘Dartmoor’s Dynamic Landscapes’ aimed at restoring nature, protecting our heritage and supporting Dartmoor’s communities. The project will focus on the habitats of three river catchments including bogs of the high moor, grasslands, upland heath and wooded valleys.

An essential outcome of the Dartmoor’s Dynamic Landscapes project is understanding existing methods and developing new ways to collect ecological information. This will be trialled for birds and their habitats, reviewing and sharing learning to establish best practices. Results will be available for land managers needing this information for future ELM and green finance initiatives.

What's the role about?

We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic conservation adviser to develop and test a species monitoring programme, to capture and share information on priority birds and the habitats they depend on. Our focus will be on moorland habitats, most of which is common land.

You will be liaising with local farmers, landowners and partner organisations over the establishment of survey routes and developing a network of volunteer surveyors. Our aim is to set up a way of collecting and sharing species data that is repeatable into the future, accessible and supports action for nature recovery. Providing detailed and Dartmoor site-specific advice on the needs of these species is a key part of the role.

This post is for one year as part of the development phase, but there is potential for extension into the delivery phase.

Closing Date: 23:59, Sunday 11th June 2023

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Excellent bird identification skills relevant to moorlands and experience of breeding bird survey using standard methodologies e.g. BBS or CBC
  • A good understanding of moorland management practices, including commons
  • Competent user of core MS programmes including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint and Teams.
  • This role will involve lone working and fieldwork in remote moorland locations and will require occasional weekend and evening working.
  • This role will involve driving on RSPB business.

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Closing Date: 11/06/2023  Location: Flexible in the Dartmoor area

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