Conservation Advisor – Turtle Dove Tests and Trials

1st July 2020


Want to help shape the future of agri-environment support for farmers and wildlife in England? We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic farmland advisor to work with landowners in Suffolk and Norfolk to support them to take part in a Defra-funded project which is trialling a novel approach to delivering land management that could…

Role title: Conservation Advisor - Turtle Dove Tests and Trials

Organisation: RSPB

Closing Date: 20/07/2020

Role Location: Suffolk

Role Description

About the project
You will engage farmers across identified auction “zones” in Suffolk and Norfolk to support them to provide habitat on their land for turtle doves, primarily via a novel and innovative reverse auction mechanism. You will support farmers through the bidding process and then, if successful, to implement measures to help turtle doves in East Anglia. This partnership project forms part of a wider programme of ‘tests and trials’ being run by Defra to engage with stakeholders and inform the design of the post Brexit environmental land management system in England.

About you
The post-holder will be responsible for fostering close links with the farming community in the project area in Suffolk and Norfolk. Excellent communication skills will be essential as a core element of the role will be to provide farmland advice and run training sessions. The successful candidate will have excellent ecological experience and a good understanding of farming systems and how these can be applied to deliver benefits for biodiversity is also essential.

This is a part time fixed term contract over 8 months but would ideally include flexibility around meeting project deadlines and targets. As such and in agreement with the successful candidate this position would ideally have a high degree of flexible working up to a defined number of days within the contract.

Salary starting at

£26,212 to £29,320 Pro Rata Per Annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Part time, 22.5
Contract: 8 Months

Closing date: 20 July 2020
Interview date: 27 July 2020

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 A0130620 on your application.

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This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare both spent and unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Jake Zarins

Send application details to
Claire Jay

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