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Biosecurity and Conservation Detection Dog Manager

As Biosecurity and Conservation Detection Dog Manager, you will be a confident and capable individual with a strong background in invasive species management, ideally on islands, with excellent organisational and strategic planning skills and an ability to coordinate work across multiple sites and islands.

Biosecurity and Conservation Detection Dog Manager - Orkney Native Wildlife Project
Reference: MAY20240756
Location: Orkney Native Wildlife Project – Kirkwall Office
Salary: £32,022.00 - £34,377.00 per annum
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Fixed-Term until 31st December 2029
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave

What's the role about?

Working closely with the Eradication Operations Manager you will manage a Conservation Detection Dog team to ensure the successful delivery of the eradication of stoats in Orkney, prevent their spread to small islands within Orkney and put in place biosecurity measures to prevent their return to Orkney. You will work with island communities to continue the implementation of island-specific, community-led biosecurity plans for high risk islands that are currently stoat free. In addition, you will have the necessary skills and experience to train and support volunteer Biosecurity Champions in delivering these plans. You will keep our stakeholders engaged and involved during and beyond the lifetime of the project. You will coordinate an already established Biosecurity Working Group and work together to facilitate the implementation of a biosecurity strategy for the Orkney archipelago.

You will ideally have practical experience in mustelid trapping and surveillance, and a good understanding of stoat biology and behaviour. You will be familiar with, and experienced in, the use of common island biosecurity surveillance tools and use of conservation detection dogs.

Key deliverables of the role are:

  • Continue the implementation of island-specific community-led biosecurity plans for high risk islands which are currently stoat free.
  • Train and support a team of volunteer Biosecurity Champions in delivering the island specific biosecurity plans.
  • Coordinate the Biosecurity Working Group and work together to facilitate the implementation of a biosecurity strategy for the Orkney archipelago.
  • Coordinate and lead a team of conservation dog handlers to carry out eradication and biosecurity actions as required.
  • Oversight and management of team budget working with project Finance Officer

 
Closing date: 23:59, Friday, 31st May 2024
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 10th June 2024

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Closing Date: 31/05/2024  Location: Kirkwall

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