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Senior Species Recovery Officer – International

Reference: MAY20230150

Location: Flexible in UK

Salary: £36,577.00 - £39,267.00 Per Annum

Duration: Permanent Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)

This is an exciting opportunity within the RSPB’s Global Species Recovery team; helping deliver the Society's species recovery strategic objectives, by developing species actions plans, and by driving forward their identified priority conservation actions for a set of priority species occurring in the East Atlantic Flyway, Africa and Asia.

Initially the postholder will focus on several workstreams:

  1. Developing, commissioning and delivering priority species projects outside the UK, along the East Atlantic Flyway, including:
    1. Leading RSPB input to the development of sustainable management approaches for priority species that are huntable, including line-management of an externally-funded Species Recovery Officer contract post focused on information gathering to inform this.
    2. Commissioning and developing partnership projects, and managing associated contracts, with BirdLife and other conservation partners along the East Atlantic Flyway delivering monitoring, research and conservation delivery projects focused on priority species.
  2. Developing and commissioning partnership projects, and managing associated contracts, with BirdLife and other conservation partners delivering monitoring, research and conservation delivery projects outside the UK focussed on priority species, including those associated with priority landscapes in Africa and Asia. These could include the Greater Gola Landscape in West Africa, the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative in Khazakhstan and other African and Asian projects. This will include development of new priority species action plans.
  3. Working with colleagues, and BirdLife partners to develop a programme of work focussed on vulture conservation in West Africa, to build on, and align with, other work on vultures already established in South Asia and Southern Africa commissioning partnership projects


  • A degree in a suitable subject, or equivalent experience/education.
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) and information-sharing collaboration software and systems (Sharepoint).
  • Extensive knowledge of conservation issues affecting birds and other wildlife globally; particularly in the East Atlantic Flyway and in Africa and Asia.
  • Experience of species conservation work – focused on the recovery of one or more priority species.
  • Experience of working within project teams and partnership working in conservation, and conservation project management.
  • Excellent communication skills to allow effective working with a wide range of colleagues, external partners and both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships

Closing: 31st May

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Closing Date: 31/05/2023  Location: Flexible in the UK

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