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Senior Conservation Officer - West Midlands

Reference: JAN20218804
Expiry date: 23:59, 28 February 2021
Location: Flexible
Salary: £30,817.00 - £34,472.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave

We are seeking a self-motivated individual to lead the conservation work of the RSPB across the 7 counties of the West Midlands. Do you have the relevant ecological knowledge and extensive experience of working in partnership, to deliver what nature needs?

This role is full time, and home-based although you will be expected to attend occasional face-to-face meetings across the West Midlands area. You will be responsible for managing the continuation of decades of partnership work developed by the RSPB for the benefit of species such as Curlew in the South West Peak, Nightjar on Cannock Chase and Hawfinch in the Forest of Dean, amongst many other charismatic species and exciting landscape scale projects, both now and in the future. 

You must be self-sufficient yet able to work in a team, both internally and critically with our incredibly important external partners and stakeholders. You will be an ambassador of the organisation and give a sense of urgency and primacy to your work, as well as provide expert ecological advice to those who need it in the West Midlands. Are you interested in taking on this challenge? Apply here now 

We will be looking for candidates with the following skills, knowledge and experience:

- Degree level qualification in a relevant subject or ability to show equivalent work experience.

- Knowledge of the wildlife and habitats of the operational area of this role.

- Sufficient understanding of the species and habitats; landscape scale conservation; land use and management; planning systems and relevant policy and legislation of the region or country in which this role is based to advise staff on appropriate responses and interventions

- Sufficient knowledge of a range of delivery mechanisms for conservation work relevant to the operational area to advise staff on appropriate responses and interventions.

- Ability to form effective teams (both internal and partnership) and work effectively as a team player.

- Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational) – including an ability to speak confidently and cogently in public to a variety of audiences.

- Confident advocating a position to landowners and managers, local politicians, members and volunteers who have different views.

- Ability to support and develop staff using a variety of management techniques.

- Ability to rapidly analyse significant quantities of information, prioritise and balance a diverse workload often to tight deadlines.

- Competent user of core MS Office programmes.

- 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 developing productive partnerships.

- Experience of negotiating with and influencing the public or private sector, to deliver biodiversity benefits, through both regulatory and voluntary means.


The closing date for this vacancy is 28th February 2021, however as we are actively recruiting for this position we reserve the right to close the vacancy once sufficient applications have been received.

Should you have any queries relating to this vacancy, please contact Kat.Edwards-White@rspb.org.uk.

Good luck!