Looking for a role where you can make a real difference in nature conservation? The RSPB Ecology team are seeking two Ecologists to play a key role in ensuring RSPB nature reserves are managed to safeguard and enhance their conservation value.

The Ecologists will be part of a wider UK team consisting of 19 ecologists and 2 archaeologists who between them are responsible for providing both strategic and day to day ecological advice on 220 reserves totalling in excess of 158,000 ha. You will annually audit the ecological performance of reserves, authorise the ecological content of management plans and advise on objectives and targets. The Ecologists will be responsible for leading on the reserves in one area and will also work within the wider Landscape areas.

There are currently roles for two Ecologists, one in England and one in Scotland. In England, there is a current gap in the Yorkshire and the Humber area (covering reserves such as Blacktoft Sands, Bempton Cliffs, the Dearne Valley and Fairburn Ings) but the allocated area may depend on the successful candidates experience. In Scotland, we are seeking an Ecologist to be based in Edinburgh, with responsibility for reserves within the central lowlands but also supporting work in other areas depending on the specialism of the successful candidate.

Each reserve has its own team of staff who will be managed by an Area Manager. You will be working closely with, and advising, the Area Manager and the reserve teams on ecological matters, but you will not have line management or budgetary responsibilities for them. You will evaluate potential land acquisitions and be responsible for the design of habitats on sites undergoing restoration.

Reference number: A3241119
Location: The Lodge, Bedfordshire or Scotland Headquarters, Edinburgh

You will have extensive knowledge of ecology and habitat management across a range of habitats and sufficient to deliver the result areas above. You will have specialist knowledge of the conservation management of at least one habitat or area of natural history. You will be able to translate technical ecological knowledge into land management practice. You will use your knowledge and experience to advise and influence colleagues within and beyond the reserves network and support them in the RSPB’s objective to create bigger, better and more joined up spaces for nature.

Desirable qualifications will include experience of Habitat Regulations Assessments (HRA) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). In addition, training in dealing with any European Protected Species will be beneficial.

You’ll thrive on delivering results for wildlife with energy and clear direction. You must be prepared to challenge the norm by problem solving and coming up with innovative solutions to the various challenges ahead.

Salary starting at

£25,463 to £27,585 per annum. Applicants should expect under normal circumstances to receive an offer at the bottom of the advertised range.

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Closing date: 29 November 2019
Interview date: 9 December 2019, 10 December 2019

How to apply

Our role profile describes the key result areas and skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A3241119 on your application.

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This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Graham White
[email protected]
01767 693544

Send application details to
Elizabeth Gilder
[email protected]
RSPB UKHQ – The Lodge Potton Road Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL/ For Scotland roles Jacquie Christie – 2 Lochside View Edinburgh Park Edinburgh EH12 9DH
01767 693331 / 0131 317 4100