Squirrel Project Officers needed

    Thanks to Forestry Commission funding, UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) is recruiting two self-employed Project Officers on a fixed-term contract to March 2025. Their aim is to enhance and expand grey squirrel management work in Yorkshire, Lancashire and County Durham, to protect trees and woods, and support red squirrel conservation.

    Project Officers
    Two posts covering Yorkshire, Lancashire and County Durham
    One post in the east and one in the west

    Home-based with local travel
    £28,000 per annum on a self-employed basis
    Fixed-term contract to March 2025 – with possibility of extension
    Remote working with local travel in Yorkshire, Lancashire and County Durham
    Some national travel may occasionally be required
    Application by CV and covering letter
    Closing date: 30 November 2023
    Interviews: 14 or 15 December (tbc)

    This is a new opportunity to join a growing partnership dedicated to protecting the future of the UK’s red squirrels and broadleaf trees from the negative impacts of introduced grey squirrels. You will be line managed by the Director of the UKSA, with support from members of the Executive Committee and wider partnership. As such, your work will be delivered locally but with national oversight and strategic steer.

    This project’s aim is to expand the network of grey squirrel management groups across Yorkshire, Lancashire and County Durham, building on the work done to date by many stakeholders and existing volunteers.

    The Project Officer role involves engaging with woodland owners and their agents, stakeholders and the public to provide guidance and advice on grey squirrel impacts on woodlands and how they can be managed. With an aim of encouraging and enabling collaborative, landscape-scale grey squirrel management activities.

    A significant part of the role is to recruit and train volunteers, forming groups that will carry out grey squirrel management. You will work with landowners and managers to encourage, coordinate and support action. You will also support training and conduct field survey work as needed to deliver the project aims.

    Click this link for further information on the role responsibilities, requirements, remuneration and how to apply. For queries about this role or the application process please contact info@squirrelaccord.uk. Please share this information with your networks to enable us to get the right people for the roles.

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