Job Description

Project Officer, Thames to Lincolnshire Project

Reports to:

Line Manager: Project Manager

Project Coordination: Project Steering Committee

Job Overview

A full-time fixed term post is available for a period ending on 31 March 2025. The employer is the Waterlife Recovery Trust, and the post is part funded by Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme. If follow-on funding is secured, the post may be renewable. The purpose of the project is to remove invasive American mink from an area stretching from the Thames to Lincolnshire*, to protect endangered water voles and other native wildlife and allow their populations to recover.  It is one of five such posts covering the project area.  The post-holder will develop a mink control network across ‘their area’ using ‘smart’ mink traps monitored by volunteers.   The project will use adaptive management techniques to maximise efficiency; the ‘best practice’ for humane mink trapping developed to date is detailed on the WRT website ( https://www.waterliferecoverytrust.org.uk/ ).

The post will be home-based in an appropriate location to develop a trapping network to cover South Nottinghamshire, East Leicestershire, Rutland and North Northamptonshire.  The Project Officer (PO) will be expected to use their own vehicle for travel and moving equipment but receive a mileage rate for doing so. Flexibility in working hours will be key; this is not a 9-5 weekday office job. Although POs will not be expected to exceed 40 hours a week on average, some weeks will be busier than others. At least a few minutes of web-based work will be needed every day, including at weekends, to support volunteers with any problems and to ensure that our work is always carried out to the highest animal welfare standards.

All necessary training will be provided.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Work with the Project Manager to develop a smart trapping network across ‘your area’.
  • Work with landowners and occupiers to seek and inspire new volunteers who wish to protect water voles and other wildlife by managing smart traps in their local area.
  • Distribute Mink Rafts, cage traps and automated trap monitors and support volunteers in their safe and humane use.
  • Use an air gun to dispatch cage trapped mink humanely.
  • Collect mink carcases, take measurements, and tissue samples for DNA analysis.
  • Accurately record data about trap locations and details of trapped mink and promptly upload those data to the project’s database.
  • Travel throughout the area to deliver equipment and liaise with volunteers.
  • Keep in contact with volunteers by telephone, email and in person.
  • Provide advice to help volunteers operate safely.
  • Provide written reports and feedback as requested.
  • Liaise with other POs to ensure seamless coverage through the project area.
  • Use social media and press to build awareness about riparian species.
  • Be an ambassador for the humane control and eradication of mink.
  • Help ensure a legacy of enthusiastic, equipped volunteers continuing to control mink after the project finishes.

Personal specification

Essential criteria:

  • Own transport, with business use insurance and full driving licence.
  • An appropriate home location to deliver the project effectively.
  • A good ‘team player’ with the ability to communicate and build good relationships with a wide range of partners, volunteers and landowners.
  • Flexible, enthusiastic, and self-motivated: can work unsupervised, reliably delivering the requirements of a project.
  • Prepared to work out of doors, alone in the countryside and at weekends and outside standard office hours.
  • Willing to humanely dispatch trapped mink.
  • Degree in environmental subject or good wildlife knowledge and passion for conservation.
  • Comfortable with the use of IT.
  • Able to start Mid-July 24 or soon thereafter.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in the safe use of air guns and other weapons.
  • Practical experience of the control of mink or other invasive species.
  • Desire to foster continual improvement within the project.
  • A knowledge of wildlife, farming, and country pursuits.

Salary:

The salary will be at a full-time annual rate of £27,000, with a pension and an annual leave entitlement of 20 days pro rata. Self-employed option available if preferred. Time off in lieu can be taken in respect of weekend work, mileage expenses will be paid, and PPE provided.

Application:

To apply send your CV and a letter, of no more than one side, setting out why you are interested in the post to vacancies@waterliferecoverytrust.org.uk or via the form below.

*The Project Area is an area of some 8600 km2 (about 10.2 % of England) in an arc around Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire.  It includes all or part of the counties of Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, and Lincolnshire.

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    Published On: July 4th, 2024|

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