Investigations Officers x2


The RSPB Investigations team has two vacancies in Scotland, and is looking for enthusiastic,
organised and committed individuals to join us in helping ensure a better future for our
wildlife. This is a rare opportunity to join a dedicated team in the fight against wildlife
crime and to really make a difference!

Across Scotland, our magnificent birds of prey continue to be illegally persecuted, with some
of our rarest species such as golden eagles, hen harriers, red kites and peregrines regularly
targeted. These two roles will be focussed on fieldwork, with the aim of detecting, recording,
analysis and dissemination of information on wildlife crime, particularly in relation to
priority species and habitats.

If you could thrive in a dynamic, challenging environment where you will have the opportunity
to contribute your own ideas within a unique and specialised team, then this could be the
perfect opportunity for you!

The successful applicant will need to be based in Scotland and prepared to travel throughout
the Scottish uplands and occasionally further afield. Some evening and/or weekend work may also
be required.

What’s the role about?

These roles involve working on the front line, following up reports of dead birds, monitoring
the nests of some of our rarest breeding species, and carrying out targeted fieldwork in areas
with a history of criminal activity. 

An enthusiastic, professional approach to fieldwork is essential. You will be spending a lot of
time outside in remote upland environments where excellent navigation skills, confidence in
working alone, and health & safety awareness are imperative. You will also need excellent
bird identification skills and a comprehensive working knowledge of Scotland’s birds of prey.

Engagement with external partners such as the police and statutory agencies through providing
advice, expert witness, and investigative help will be a key part of the role.

You need to be robust, persistent, focused, show initiative and be able to work calmly in
pressured situations. 

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • A degree in ecology or conservation and/or relevant practical experience
  • Ability to undertake demanding fieldwork in remote locations, whether alone or as part of a
    small team, in all weather and over rough terrain
  • Comprehensive knowledge of wild birds, with experience in raptor monitoring
  • Knowledge of Scottish wildlife protection legislation
  • Knowledge of RSPB’s Investigations team priorities and work
  • Experience of practical conservation delivery in support of species & habitat
  • Proven IT skills including MS Office software especially Excel, Outlook and Teams
  • A confident and personable manner, able to liaise professionally with enforcement partners,
    and also to handle reports of wildlife crime with understanding and empathy, sometimes in
    sensitive situations
  • Full, manual driving licence, valid in the UK

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of gamebird management practices
  • Experience of specialist software eg GIS
  • Experience of working with Police standards for information management/best practice,
    and/or statutory agencies, media, or law enforcement partners
  • Knowledge of data protection regulations
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of satellite transmitters to monitor birds of prey
  • Confident speaking in public eg. giving presentations, media interviews or giving evidence
    in court

We are looking to fill two roles as part of this vacancy:

  • One is a permanent position working 37.5 hours per week;
  • The other is a fixed-term contract until 31 March 2025, also working 37.5 hours per week.
    The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising
    dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for these positions from 19th June 2023.
For further information please contact [email protected]

As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including
evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone
feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a
world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People
of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate,
sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled,
we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any
additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974.

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