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Field Officer - Peatland Restoration

Reference: MAR20238690
Location: Abernethy, Cairngorms
Salary: £21,255 - £22,818 Per Annum
Hours: Full Time
Fixed Term for 3 years until March 2026

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team at RSPB Abernethy, working to restore damaged upland peatland habitats across the 14,000ha of reserve land it manages.

What's the role about?

This role will work to deliver surveys on the ground and in mapping this information, it will contribute to site restoration plans. These plans will form the basis of funding applications, leading to practical restoration work commencing on the ground.

Field work will include taking peat depth measurements, protected species surveys, vegetation surveys, mapping of erosion/drainage features, ground truthing and assessing the condition of peatland areas. The role will also work closely with contractors to make sure works meet the specification set out in restoration plans. Most of the work is in remote upland areas, accessed by four wheel drive/ ATV access and on foot. Please note that, due to the nature of the remote upland terrain and at times in harsh weather conditions, it will at times be physically demanding. Robust health and safety procedures for such work are in place.

This role will help raise income from the carbon market to restore peatland and help address the issues facing the climate and biodiversity. In short, translating innovative green finance mechanisms into reality.

The post will be based at the Forest Lodge at RSPB Abernethy with a significant amount of time spent out in the field, sometimes in challenging conditions. Indoor-based (or non-field based) work will have the option of blended office and home-based working.

Key work areas will include:

  • Site baseline condition field surveys
  • Recording and collation of peat depth data and mapping
  • Assisting in project design (inc. GIS and drone work)
  • Assisting in delivering a community consultation through surveys and in-person workshops
  • Assisting in the development of restoration plans
  • A high level of fitness and ability to confidently and safely access and work in remote mountain areas, which can be inaccessible to vehicles, in challenging terrain and adverse weather conditions
  • Overseeing on-site works with contractors
  • Monitoring and recording outcomes of restoration.

Closing Date: 23:59, Monday 27th March 2023
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 10th April 2023

To complete your online application / find out more please CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 27/03/2023  Location: Abernethy, Cairngorms

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