CJS Online: Ecology

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Ecology vacancies: roles covering ecology, biodiversity, mitigation, consultancy roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork such as bat surveys and EIA.


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Seasonal Field Surveyors and Assistant to Coordinator - Ecology Solutions

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With offices in Worcestershire, Hertfordshire and Manchester, Ecology Solutions is a leading consultancy with an extensive range of expertise, specialising in ecology planning solutions for numerous, diverse high-profile clients within both the public and private sectors nationwide. These offices are seeking to recruit Seasonal Field Surveyors to be involved in protected species survey and translocation work in various locations across the UK

In our Worcestershire office, we are seeking to recruit an Assistant to our Fieldworker Coordinator. This is a seasonal role, which will start at the beginning of March and end in October. You would assist with duties such as booking accommodation, downloading data, organising equipment for surveys, keeping track of equipment and organising access to sites – this is not an exhaustive list.

Ecologist - Taylor Wildlife

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Taylor Wildlife have a number of vacancies for seasonal short-term Field Assistants and a longer term Ecologist position.

All positions involve carrying out bird, lepidoptera, mammal, peatland work and habitat surveys on sites in the Scottish uplands. Knowledge of different survey methods is useful but not essential, as full training will be given in navigation, health and safety, survey methods, data entry and QGIS. It is far more important that candidates have strong bird identification skills and a good level of physical fitness.

Environmental Apprentices and Woodland Trainee - Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

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Passionate about the environment? Start your career as an Environmental Apprentice or Woodland Trainee and get paid to work and train with organisations in the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria or Nidderdale.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has exciting opportunities for young people with a love of the outdoors and a passion for the environment. We are recruiting for four new Environmental Apprentices and one Woodland Trainee to work with employers in the Yorkshire Dales, south Cumbria and Nidderdale, where you will gain hands-on work experience and training alongside experienced staff.

Ecologists - E3 Ecology Ltd

E3 Ecology is a well-established specialist ecological consultancy with an excellent local reputation for providing professional, high quality work in an efficient and competitive manner as well as developing innovative schemes for habitat creation and biodiversity enhancement.

Senior Ecologist with ambition for management position in the near future. Location: Northumberland, N Yorkshire or Scottish Borders. Package £30-40k.

Ecologist - Location: Northumberland. Package £22-30k.

Graduate Ecologist - 5 year training position with view to rise from graduate to senior ecologist. Location: Northumberland. Package £17-20k.

Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship - The River Stewardship Company

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Salary: Starting salary of £5/hour with a salary progression over the 18mth period

Hours: 42.5 hours/week

Duration of post: 18 months

Location: River Stewardship Company office (Sheffield), with travel primarily across Yorkshire and the North East.

The Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship provides a fantastic opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and experience for employment within the water environment and wider conservation and land management sectors.

Whilst working towards their Level 3 Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship (through Bridgewater and Taunton College), the apprentice will work within the site-based team to help deliver a range of water catchment management projects in Yorkshire (and occasionally beyond).

Delivery tasks on site may include (but are not exclusive to) invasive species control, vegetation management, tree management, debris and waste management, moorland restoration work and the occasional delivery of volunteer days.

Conservation Officer (South West Scotland) - Scottish Wildlife Trust

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Location: Dumfriesshire (home-working possible)

Full-time: 35 hours per week

Fixed-Term until 31 March 2022

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels - Developing Community Action (SSRS-DCA) is a project to secure the long-term future of red squirrels in Scotland by building capacity among communities of volunteers and land managers to take on some of the essential protection measures required to protect the red squirrels in key areas.

Bute Park Ranger - Cardiff Council


Senior Ecologist (Bat-licensed - Northwest England) - CGO Ecology Ltd

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Starting February/March 2021

Permanent, full-time

Salary £30,000+

CGO Ecology is recruiting a Senior Ecologist in Northwest England, ideally South Lancashire or adjacent areas (Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside). The position is home-based, with fieldwork in South Lancashire and across the region (not HS2). The successful applicant will have extensive bat survey and mitigation experience. Other areas of expertise would be a bonus. CGO Ecology has a small team of home-based staff, and a wide network of subcontractors and associates across the country.

Nene Valley Projects Officer - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire

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Full Time: 37.5hrs per week

Fixed Term for 2 years

Location: Northampton

Salary: £23,000 - £23,500 per annum

We are seeking a Project Officer to manage habitat restoration works and support the delivery of nature conservation on our key Nene Valley nature reserves. Reporting to the Nene Wetlands Senior Ranger, the Nene Valley Projects Officer will undertake conservation work and deliver a variety of habitat restoration and creation projects across Summer Leys, Nene Wetlands and Titchmarsh Reserves in order to create destination sites based on their overwintering and breeding bird interest.

Conservation and Access Volunteers - Dartmoor National Park Authority

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2 x 12-month placements from April 2021

Based at Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA), Bovey Tracey, Devon

This 12-month Conservation and Access Volunteer placement is an exciting opportunity for two graduates to consolidate skills and knowledge in applied conservation and access management. Hosted by DNPA, this is a partnership project with Natural England (East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve) and the Woodland Trust and the successful candidates will work across variety of sites in one of England’s most loved landscapes.

Conservation Project Officer - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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Salary: £13,655.87 for the hours worked, which equates to the full time salary of £22759.78

Contract: This is a permanent role on a part time basis of 3 days per week (0.6FTE).

Location: The post is based at our head offices at Sneinton Market, Nottingham.

Are you passionate and enthusiastic about conservation??? We are looking for someone with experience of biodiversity conservation and who has an interest in our Living Landscape aspirations in Nottinghamshire. This role will lead on a range of project work, including administering and supporting the delivery of externally funded project.

Cinder Track Maintenance Ranger - Scarborough Borough Council

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Salary: £22,183-£24,491 per annum

An exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic Local Authority on the Yorkshire Coast. You will play a key role on the ground in delivering the Council’s Restoration Plan for the Cinder Track, a 36km shared use trail along a disused railway line between the Borough’s two main resorts. The council is recruiting a permanent Ranger to their Parks and Countryside Service to repair, maintain and enhance the Cinder Track to maintain the integrity and accessibility, aligned to the Council’s Restoration Plan.

New Forest Apprentice Ranger - New Forest National Park Authority

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Salary: £159 per week for first 12 months, increasing to National Minimum Wage for remaining 4 months

Location: Lymington and the New Forest

Contract Type: Fixed term, full time

Are you passionate about a career working outdoors in conservation? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and develop professional skills while earning a salary? We’re looking for two Apprentice Rangers to work across the New Forest National Park.

Project Manager (Wetland Habitats) - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

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WWT Steart Marshes, with visits throughout the project area

37.5 hours a week

£29,351 per annum

This is a fixed term contract until the end of March 2022

Your role will be responsible for the delivery and successful completion of extensive wetland habitat enhancement work at Steart Marshes and at sites in Bridgwater as advised by WWT’s Bridgwater Blue Heritage Project Team. You will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of all capital works at these sites and by working positively with project managers and stakeholders to ensure that the work not only complies with the conditions of the funding but also all regulations around delivering the work including gaining formal statutory consents.

Conservation Officer - North York Moors National Park Authority

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Helmsley, North Yorkshire (with some flexible home working)

Working hours: 37 hours per week

As Conservation Officer, you will support our Ecologist in helping assess the potential ecological impact of planning applications on the National Park, the day-to-day management of Levisham Estate and developing conservation volunteering activities. Working closely with our Ecologist and Graduate Trainee, you will collect ecological and environmental data with the support of volunteers, process statutory planning applications and liaise with land managers on a range of existing conservation agreements.

Senior Research Officer - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

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WWT Steart Marshes, with travel to UK field sites

37.5 hours a week

£26,669 per annum

This is a fixed term contract until the end of March 2022

The Conservation Evidence Department is seeking a talented Wetland Scientist to manage WWT’s research across our wetland research projects in north Somerset. The focus will be on the scientific assessment and monitoring of wetland restoration projects. The role will involve working closely with project partners (externally) and project managers (internally) so strong communication skills are essential.

Assistant Ecologist - Pryor & Rickett Silviculture

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We manage over 30,000 hectares of woodland throughout Great Britain. The properties managed are remarkably diverse, ranging from species rich ancient broadleaved woods to extensive conifer plantations, and from small farm woodlands to whole estates.

After a record year throughout the country, we are seeking an Assistant Ecologist for a 2-year fixed term appointment (with the potential for a permanent contract), based in Brampton Bryan, Nr Knighton, Powys, to cover Wales, Marches and West England to fulfil the expanding need for surveys and reports on our sites in the public, private and third sector.

Ecologist - Northumberland County Council

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Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full time

Salary: £28,672 - £32,234

Hours per week: 37

Employment Location: County Hall

Experienced Ecologist required to provide specialist advice to planning officers, developers and to the public throughout all stages of the development management and strategic planning process. You will provide advice to Planning Officers and developers, review planning applications and assist with policy development, working with colleagues across the Planning Service to secure the best outcomes for nature in contexts varying from small housing schemes to the working and restoration of large mineral sites.

Head of Environment and Engagement - South West Lakes Trust

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Location: South West England

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum

Hours: Full Time (40 hours per week)

South West Lakes is recruiting for a Head of Environment and Engagement to lead its team of environmental specialists, engagement specialists and Environment and Engagement Rangers, ensuring we deliver great visitor engagement and high quality environmental improvement for people and wildlife across our sites. The ideal candidate will have experience in related roles, share our passion for nature, the outdoors and understand the variety of benefits they provide for people.

Invertebrate and Botanical Field Surveyors - 10 positions available - UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

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Band 7 - £25,150 per annum

Full time (average of 37 hours per week, flexible to meet fieldwork demands)

Based at field sites around England, training at UKCEH Wallingford, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford OX10 8BB (or remote training).

Fixed term 03 May - 03 September 2021.

Surveyors will work on a high-profile monitoring project, funded by Natural England and conducted by UKCEH. The purpose of these posts is to undertake monitoring of mobile species, plants and habitats at various locations across England, with associated deployment of field equipment and responsibility for landowner liaison.

Knettishall Heath Assistant Warden - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Salary: £20,000 - £22,000 per annum

Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time

Location: Knettishall Heath Nature Reserve, Knettishall Heath, Thetford, Suffolk, IP22 2TQ

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is the leading conservation organisation in Suffolk, committed to achieving the best outcomes for biodiversity on its reserves. This is a new role, funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, as part of our West Suffolk nature triangle project. The GRCF is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Project Manager - Parkland Restoration - Castle Browich Hall & Gardens Trust

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Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust is a partner to the Love Your River Cole (LYRiC) project; a partnership project to help transform the Cole Valley, enhancing natural spaces and training local people to look after this important natural river corridor.

With funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, the project is led by Tame Valley Wetlands, and includes a range of partners including ourselves. The project overall will involve tree planting, wildflower meadow creation and wetland habitat enhancements, as well as access improvements to paths and trails through several key sites. Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust is now looking for an experienced and flexible Project Manager to oversee, plan and manage our part of the partnership.

Reserves Team Manager - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

This is a key role within HWT, being part of the Management Team, driving forward the development of the Trust Reserves across the county, including our key assets at Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake Local Nature Reserve.

We want our Trust Reserves managed to demonstrate best practice in land management, to maximise conservation benefits for the priority county species and habitats, to integrate reserves into larger ecological networks and to support the work of the Living Landscape projects and Nature Recovery Networks.

Seasonal Field Assistant - West Sutherland Fisheries Trust

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West Sutherland Fisheries Trust has a vacancy for a seasonal assistant. This role will cover the wide range of activities that WSFT will undertake during this time. Starting in April, Covid restrictions permitting, the successful candidate will assist with smolt trapping and estuarine sweep netting, together with the delivery of other projects that may arise. From July they will assist with the Trusts electrofishing programme.

Fifth Continent Bumblebee Conservation Trainee - Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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Salary £13,632.50 for 9.8 months

This is a full-time, fixed term until 24/12/2021, home based within the project area of South Kent/East Sussex.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is looking for a full time trainee to work with and assist Dr Gammans as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded, Fifth Continent Landscape Partnership Scheme, with particular emphasis on bumblebee and wild flower surveys, habitat creation and management for bumblebees and landowner advice.

Your primary role will be running and undertaking bumblebee and wild flower surveys, creating flower rich habitat, assist in engaging with land owners and managing volunteers.

Mobile Park Ranger – Claybury and Roding Valley Park - Vision RCL

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Salary: £19,680 - £20,889

Type: Full-Time

Location: Claybury Park and Roding Valley Park

We are looking for a Mobile Park Ranger to join the Nature Conservation Ranger Team and be part of the wider Parks Operations Rangers.

Environmental Project Officer - Steel Valley Project

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£22,123 - £24,263 (pro rata)
22.5 hours per week
Permanent position

We are currently seeking an Environmental Project Officer, working 22.5 hours a week, to deliver our environmental projects and lead a team of dedicated volunteers.

The person we are looking for will be committed to supporting the communities and wildlife in our operational area.

Activity Leader - Tir Coed

2 year fixed term contract / 17.5 hours per week

£21000 pro rata

Elan Valley, Powys

Tir Coed is a charity that engages people through outdoor learning in order to improve their wellbeing and meet longer-term goals for education, employment or volunteering. We are seeking an enthusiastic and engaging person to provide accredited training, practical learning opportunities, volunteering and wellbeing activities to a wide range of people.

Principal Ecology and Natural Capital Managers - Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

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£53,500 + substantial pension and benefits

North – Catterick DL9 3LR;

Central - Whittington, Lichfield WS14 9PY;

South – Westdown Camp, Tilshead SP3 4RS.

The Ecology and Natural Capital Team provides specialist expertise to assist DIO and wider Defence Top Level Budget holders (such as the Royal Navy, Army & Royal Air Force) to create and maintain a sustainable, resource-efficient and resilient Defence Estate in line with Government policy, both in the UK and overseas. To achieve this, the team works closely with estate managers, project teams, the wider MOD, other government departments, overseas authorities, commercial partners, industry and a diverse range of external stakeholders.

Working as a Principal Ecology and Natural Capital Manager within the Environmental Support and Compliance business area (ES&C), the post holder and their team will be at the forefront of sustainability, natural capital and biodiversity driving delivery and innovation across the estate. This new role will be challenging and comes with a diverse portfolio of tasks as MOD baselines its natural capital and sets out its road map to net zero carbon and climate resilience.

Environmental Engagement Manager - Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

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£40,000 + substantial pension and benefits

Westdown Camp, Salisbury - SP3 4RS;

Working as the Environmental Engagement Manager within the Environmental Support and Compliance business area (ES&C), you will be at the forefront of sustainability, natural capital and biodiversity driving delivery and innovation across the estate through engagement with military personnel, their families, volunteers and partner organisations. This new role will be challenging and comes with a diverse portfolio of tasks including the oversight of the MODs Conservation Groups and the MODs Sanctuary Awards and publication

Senior Project Manager - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

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WWT Slimbridge, flexible with regular visits to the project area

37.5 hours a week

£36.5K per annum

This is a fixed term contract until the end of March 2022

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has been successful under the Green Recovery Challenge Fund in receiving £1.6M to further its ambition under its strategic Waterscapes Programme. The GRCF is aimed to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP), whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.

Jupiter Assistant Ranger - Scottish Wildlife Trust

Location: Grangemouth, Falkirk

This is a six month, fixed-term, contrac

Salary: £17,290 per annum

The Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre is a reserve located in the middle of industrial Grangemouth. Jupiter is a fantastic example of how wasteland can be transformed into an urban green space, with an emphasis on environmental education and habitat creation.

Nature Recovery Strategy Officer / Wilder Middlesbrough Officer - Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

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The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is excited to present two new job opportunities for people wanting to work at the forefront of Nature Recovery Networks and the provision of Natural Solutions to Climate Change. Based with the Trust the posts will work with a wider partnership of organisations delivering Climate Action Middlesbrough, a new initiative taking local action to address the climate crisis. Climate Action Middlesbrough is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Programme

Nature Recovery Strategy Officer (Fixed term post 2 years) - Salary £20,600

Wilder Middlesbrough Officer (Fixed term post 5 years) - Salary £20,600

Ecologist - Ecosupport Ltd

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Are you an enthusiastic, self-motivated and professional Ecologist looking for your next career move? We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Ecologist to join our friendly and dynamic team!

Your role will be to plan, manage and deliver professional ecological services to a broad range of clients. You will be responsible for the coordination of surveys and field staff, as well as liaison with clients and other professionals and organisations.

You will be based in Lee on the Solent, Hampshire, with travel throughout the region and occasionally the surrounding areas. Your time will be divided between office, working from home and field survey.

Wildlife Volunteer Officer (Miner2Major) - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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Salary: £12,576.30 pa for the hours worked, which equates to the full time salary of £20,960 pa

Contract: This is a fixed term role until 30 April 2023 on a part time basis of 3 days per week (0.6 FTE).

Location: Based at our office in Sneinton, Nottingham and the Miner2Major project office within the Sherwood Forest area.

Are you passionate about participation and committed to conservation? We’re looking for an enthusiastic volunteer coordinator to lead and develop our work with communities across Sherwood Forest. Miner2Major is a Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund focusing on the diverse wildlife, important habitats and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest.

Rural Surveyor - NatureScot

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37 hours per week / Permanent

Starting salary £32,715 per annum

Location: Dumfries

Job Purpose Summary: To deliver professional rural surveyor service to both NatureScot staff and land managers across NatureScot’s Southern Scotland Area (Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders), but also occasionally elsewhere in Scotland if the need arises; To advise NatureScot staff on the practical, legal, contractual and financial implications of how best to secure positive outcomes for nature; To negotiate with land managers to ensure these objectives are met cost-effectively and meet legal requirements; To support the delivery of the Scottish Rural Development Programme’s Agri-Environment and Climate Scheme; To support the delivery of the Solway Barnacle Goose Scheme; To raise awareness of best practice and novel approaches to land management to deliver positive outcomes for nature.

Ecology and Environmental Design Officer - Newcastle City Council

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£33,782 - £37,890 per annum

Maternity Cover for 12 months, 37 hours per week

Newcastle City Council are looking to recruit an experienced Ecologist to join a multi-disciplinary Landscape & Ecology team engaged on a wide variety of exciting and challenging projects. You will be working alongside other design professionals, such as landscape, urban design and planning and will be responsible to the Team Manager. You will have a wide range of experience and skills in all aspects of ecological issues including wildlife legislation, ecological assessments, Biodiversity Action Plans and development management and planning policy

Antrim Hills Curlew Initiative Monitoring Officer - RSPB

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Location: RSPB Northern Ireland

Salary: £17,004 - £18,255 Per Annum, Pro Rata

Duration: 3 Months contract

The Glenwherry area within the Antrim Plateau has the highest concentration of Curlew outside of an RSPB reserve in Northern Ireland. An Agri-environmental scheme partnership between farmers, DAERA, and the RSPB has been established with the aim to deliver landscape-scale conservation to halt and reverse the decline of this iconic species. Your role will be to collect data on the breeding ecology of Curlew. This will include mapping the distribution, abundance, and behaviour of breeding Curlew and other moorland bird species, vegetation recording and habitat assessments, and data entry.

Curlew Life Monitoring Officer - RSPB

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Location: RSPB Northern Ireland

Salary: £17,004 - £18,255 pa, Pro Rata

Duration: 6 Months Contract

As part of a UK-wide project funded through the EU LIFE programme to halt the decline of Curlew, RSPB NI aims to deliver landscape-scale conservation at our two key research sites; Glenwherry and Lough Erne. This will include habitat management, predator control, research and monitoring. Your role will be to collect data on the breeding ecology of Curlew. This will include mapping the distribution, abundance and behaviour of breeding curlews and other moorland bird species, vegetation recording and habitat assessments, assessing the abundance and distribution of key nest/chick predators (e.g. via fox scat surveys) and data entry.

HLS Wetland Restoration Officer - Forestry England

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Permanent contract

Based at our head office at Lyndhurst, with travel across the New Forest area

Forestry England is the largest land manager and custodian of the nation’s public forests. We have around 1,000 committed staff looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. It’s a job that never stops growing. We are looking for an experienced Wetland Restoration Officer to lead on mire and stream restoration projects in the New Forest. You will join a team delivering SSSI habitat restoration programmes funded by the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme.

Curlew Life Research Assistant - RSPB

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Location: RSPB Northern Ireland

Salary: £17,004.00 - £18,255.00 Per Annum, Pro Rata

Duration: 6 Months

As part of a UK-wide project funded through the EU LIFE programme to halt the population declines, RSPB NI aims to deliver landscape-scale conservation at our two key research sites; Glenwherry and Lough Erne. This will include habitat management, predator control, and research and monitoring. Glenwherry has the highest concentration of Curlew outside of an RSPB reserve in Northern Ireland. The RSPB is working hard to conserve this critical population. Your role will be to collect data on the breeding ecology of Curlew. This will include nest finding and monitoring, radio tagging, and tracking broods to assess survival and habitat use, data entry, and assistance with vegetation surveys. The post holder will need to have previous experience in finding and monitoring wader nests.