Conservation Officer -Tayside

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Conservation Officer – Tayside

Status: Full Time, Fixed Term until March 2024

Salary: £24,670 per annum 

Location: Blairgowrie, Tayside – home-working possible; anticipated office

Closing date: Rolling deadline 

About us: 

For nearly 60 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and
supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and
seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning
work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships,
and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It
also manages a network of over 100 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the
UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) is a project to deliver the essential
protection measures required to secure the long-term future of red squirrels in Scotland and to
ensure that systems are put in place to continue the delivery of these measures over the long
term by working with other agencies with a stake in native species conservation and invasive
non-native species management.

The successful candidate will:

Lead on the implementation in Tayside of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Transition
Project in accordance with the SSRS project plan to:

  • Protect red squirrels within, and to the north of, the Highland Line priority landscape
    across Tayside and Scottish landscapes to the north from replacement by grey squirrels and from
    squirrelpox disease.
  • To inspire people to value their local red squirrels and the wider natural heritage.

Main Objectives include: 

  • Plan and lead the delivery of strategic grey squirrel control work within and above the
    Highland Linewithin Tayside, the project’s priority area, to create an integrated grey squirrel
    control network as outlined in the SSRS project plan.
  • Line manage and support four seasonal Grey Squirrel Control Officers to carry out effective
    greysquirrel control in the project’s priority area and carry out the annual recruitment of the
    seasonal grey squirrel control staff.
  • Implement and further develop engagement to encourage and support a network of land
    managers and communities to engage actively in red squirrel protection and monitoring work in
    strategic areas of Tayside.
  • Promote the recording of squirrel distribution records in Tayside; check and verify records
    reported onthe SSRS online squirrel reporting page or oversee volunteer checking and
    verification of the sightings records.
  • Help to collect, maintain, and report the information required for reporting on project
    performance to the Trust, funders and partners.

Download the full role description here!

To apply, please complete an application
 and return to [email protected] 

What we offer:

  • Salary sacrifice schemes including Cycle to Work & Pension schemes.
  • We have always been hugely flexible in our approach to how you wish to work and continue to
    offer a flexible approach.
  • One Wellness Hour per week
  • Enhanced Pension rate upon completion of probation
  • Sick Pay Allowance
  • Enhanced Maternity/ Paternity Leave
  • Training and Development
  • Paid volunteering days

If you would like more information, please email
[email protected] or call 0131 312 4726 

The Trust is a passionate employer, proactive about creating a culture of diversity and an
inclusive workplace that promotes and values equal opportunities for all. We welcome
individuals from all networks of life, backgrounds, and experiences.

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