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Conservation Officer (Bowland)

Reference: SEP20216648
Location: Lancaster Office
Salary: £27,574 - £30,590

An exciting opportunity for a Conservation Officer with a proven track record of working in the UK uplands, particularly in areas with Driven Grouse Shooting, who also has experience of partnership working at an inter-organisational level, has arisen within our Forest of Bowland Priority Landscape

The role has an important external element, for someone with the ability to see and respect the situation and perspectives of others who has an open mind in respect of the differing forms of upland management and who can build positive relationships with key partners and stakeholders so that our collective policies and messages are understood and furthered.

The post-holder will lead on elements of

  • the RSPB's landscape-scale conservation programme delivery focused on the priority landscape (88,064 ha in the Forest of Bowland, North Yorks. & the West Pennine Moors),
  • the AONB Management Plan, species, and habitats.

What we need from you

  • A degree level qualification in a relevant subject or ability to show equivalent work experience.
  • Specialist conservation and or management knowledge in relevant areas, such as moorland management, upland woodlands, and upland farming together with the habitat and species priority conservation requirements for these areas.
  • Understanding of the concept of landscape scale conservation and the pressures on land use
  • Proven track record of partnership working and community liaison and public engagement work.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational) - including an ability to speak confidently and cogently in public to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven experience of advocating a position to landowners and managers, local politicians, members, and volunteers who have different views.
  • Sufficient knowledge of a range of delivery mechanisms for conservation work relevant to the operational area of this role to enable recommendation to senior staff of appropriate responses and interventions. (e.g. relevant agri-environment schemes, woodland grants).
  • The ability to see and incorporate the ideas of others into your ways of working
  • Experience of negotiating with the public or private sector, to deliver biodiversity benefits, through both regulatory and voluntary means, especially planning casework.
  • Competency in use of GIS and core MS Office Programmes.
  • Effective project management skills.

Please note that due to the nature of this role and its location, the successful candidate should be able to travel to remote locations without the use of public transport.

Closing: 05 November

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Closing Date: 05/11/2021  Location: Lancaster

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