Logo: RSPB



Reference: FEB20210792

Location: Orkney Reserves (Stromness)

Salary: £23,966.00 - £26,808.00 Per Annum

About RSPB Orkney

RSPB Scotland is a major landowner in Orkney. The reserves team (Sites Manager, four Wardens and an Assistant Warden) manage 13 nature reserves protecting and enhancing a fantastic range of habitats from coastal cliffs and unique wetlands to rolling uplands, supporting a variety of priority species including seabirds, breeding waders, and raptors. The RSPB Team on Orkney is mainly based in our office in Stromness.

What’s the role about?

Main tasks include delivery of habitat management, health and safety and access works and monitoring of key bird species.

Key activities will include:

  • Day to day responsibility for the implementation of the reserve management plans in conjunction with the reserves team and external graziers, to ensure delivery of site conservation objectives and compliance obligations.
  • Plan, undertake and oversee key species and habitat survey and monitoring work to ensure delivery of the reserves objectives.
  • Ensure the reserves are managed with colleagues in accordance with health and safety, adequate control of risks, good environmental management and legal compliance.
  • Supervise volunteers or contractors to carry out work on site safely and legally to deliver the management plan targets or specific project work.
  • Deliver and facilitate events for visitors and maintain reserves visitor infrastructure.
  • Manage medium and small projects.
  • Production of the management plans and annual reports for selected reserves.


  • Relevant conservation (including grazing), ecological and land management experience.
  • Practical agricultural and livestock management experience to enable you to deliver our current reserves agri-environment schemes.
  • Experience of wetland and/or upland management in the UK
  • A proven track record in biological monitoring techniques relevant to the role.
  • Relevant knowledge and application of health and safety standards, compliance requirements associated with agricultural and environmental legislation with particular reference to grazing livestock.

Good communication skills

  • Computer literacy e.g. record keeping / data management.
  • Can build collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders including farmers, suppliers, neighbours, colleagues, contractors and regulators.
  • Machinery operational experience on a variety of relevant equipment,
  • Good practical estate skills, such as fencing and maintaining reserves visitor infrastructure
  • Volunteer management, supervision and engagement.
  • Public engagement experience, particularly involvement with visitor events.
  • Experience of living and working in remote areas within small communities would be an advantage and the ability to carry out tool and machinery maintenance is desirable.

Closing: 13 March

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