Conservation Officer – Lough Neagh


RSPB Northern Ireland are currently recruiting for a Conservation Officer in the Lough Neag
area. We are looking for a candidate who is self-motivated and prides themselves on delivering
high standards. You will have excellent ecological skills and knowledge, particularly of wet
grassland and raised bog habitats and their conservation. A background in landscape scale
conservation, farm advisory and nature conservation delivery mechanisms is desirable, as is an
in-depth knowledge of breeding waders (curlews, redshanks, lapwings and snipe), their habitat
requirements and relevant survey techniques.

About the role

As part of the Northern Ireland Operations Team, you will deliver a range of work for priority
species and habitats across the Lough Neag landscape. In this varied role, you will provide
advice directly to farmers and land managers, coordinate and undertake surveys, and help
deliver conservation projects to help nature thrive across this priority landscape. 

This role will sit within the West NI Area Team and reports to the Conservation Manager. You
will have an important external role, building positive relationships with key partners and
stakeholders so that RSPBs policies and messages are understood and furthered within relevant

This is a fantastic opportunity to play your part in delivering RSPB’s conservation work within
a landscape rich in wildlife and important for people. If this sounds like the job for you, we
would love to hear from you!

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing advice, training and information to local communities, landowners, land managers
    and land use advisers on priority species and habitats, in close liaison with other members of
    the Conservation Team
  • Undertaking and overseeing species/habitat surveys and monitoring work on sites to ensure
    delivery of site/s objectives. This includes mapping, and the gathering & management of
    electronic data.
  • Demonstrating best practice in terms of collaboration & communication, working with a
    wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Managing medium and small projects using the RSPB’s Project Management Framework
  • Supervising contractors to carry out work on sites safely and legally to deliver project
  • Building positive relationships with key decision-makers, external partners and stakeholders
    so that RSPB’s policies and messages are understood and furthered by decision-makers and within
    relevant partnerships and fora.
  • Manage and develop volunteers to ensure the delivery of an ambitious work programme
    maintaining focus on priority species and habitats

Essential Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Degree level qualification in a relevant subject or ability to show equivalent work
  • Sufficient understanding of species and habitats of Lough Neagh.
  • A strong knowledge of breeding wader ecology.
  • Sufficient knowledge of a range of delivery mechanisms, including agri-environmental schemes,
    for conservation work in Lough Neagh.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player both internally and in external partnerships.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational) – including an ability to
    speak confidently and cogently in public to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to rapidly analyse significant quantities of information, prioritise and balance a
    diverse workload often to tight deadlines.
  • Proficient at using Microsoft Office packages including Outlook, Excel & Word.
  • Experience of negotiating with the public or private sector, to deliver biodiversity
  • Experience of working to survey, protect and/or manage important sites, species or habitats.
  • Experience of managing staff or volunteers and setting clear work priorities.
  • Experience of productive partnership working.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of delivering conservation works through contractors.
  • Competency in use of GIS.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Understanding of the concept of landscape scale conservation and the pressures on land use in
    the operational area of this role.

This is a Full-Time, fixed-term contract for 2 years. We are looking to conduct interviews for
this position on 9th February 2023. For all application enquiries, 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.

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

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