Curlew and People Projects Officer

Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority

Curlew and People Projects Officer

Location: Brecon

Salary: Grade 6 £26,854 – £39,439 per annum

Job Type: Full Time, Fixed Term Contract – 31st December 2025

The Eurasian Curlew – IUCN listed as Near Threatened – is one of the highest bird conservation
priorities in Wales. Without urgent intervention, its rapid and ongoing decline means it could
well become extinct as a Welsh breeding species within ten years.

‘Wales Curlew Connections – Cysylltu Gylfinir Cymru’ is a major new project to help reverse
this decline and ensure that breeding curlews have a future within the Welsh landscape. Funded
through the Nature Networks Fund (Round Two) via the Welsh Government and the National Lottery
Heritage Fund, targeted recovery works will be focussed across three core areas within Wales.

This post is for an enthusiastic Curlew and People Officer hosted by the National Park
Authority, fixed until 31 December 2025. Working with landowners and managers, farmers, local
communities and partner organisations, the Curlew and People Officer will undertake effective
monitoring and deliver targeted conservation works aimed at increasing chick productivity to
maintain viable populations of curlew within this landscape.

The post holder will drive the delivery of management interventions as outlined within the
Wales Action Plan for the Recovery of Curlew (2021), lead the monitoring of the curlew response
and inspire many more people to get involved with opportunities to support efforts to conserve
breeding curlews across Important Curlew Area (ICA) 12 and beyond, which is primarily located
within the National Park.

Essential Criteria

  • Degree in a relevant subject or at least 2 years relevant experience
  • Experience of collaborative teamwork
  • An appreciation of the importance of the farming community and how best to collaborate with
    it in line with their commitment to Wales-wide curlew recovery
  • Experience of engaging with the public in talks, events, guided walks and interpretation
    Landscape and habitat management, ecological knowledge
  • Experience in training, motivating and supervision of volunteers
  • Experience of managing regulatory requirements of and knowledge of what these may be in
    relation to the work detailed
  • Excellent all round communication skills
  • A good level of competency in IT skill will be required, including e-mail, Word, PowerPoint
    and Excel Ability to organise & prioritise work effectively
  • Good knowledge of species monitoring and surveying techniques
  • Much of this ICA is located within the Brecon Beacons, so you will need to be based close
    to this project area and hold a full driving licence An understanding and affinity for the
    countryside and conservation and farming practices and how they may be successfully integrated
  • Welsh Language Level 0
  • Ability to undertake demanding fieldwork in remote areas for long hours and in poor weather
  • Ability to relate well and deal with the public, farming groups, community groups and
  • An enthusiastic and conscientious approach.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible approach to work Self-motivated
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Practical skills qualifications in countryside management
  • Experience of project management, report writing and budget management
  • Experience of working in partnership with other organisations and communities
  • Practical experience of working with contractors
  • An understanding of agricultural practices, grazing schemes and conservation farming
  • Welsh language level 1
  • GIS mapping
  • A commitment and passion for curlews

Note on Welsh Language Requirement

Please note: If you do not meet the Welsh language Requirements specified, then the Authority
offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these requirements
during your employment with them.

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