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Islay Reserves Officer (Fixed-Term)

Reference: NOV20233091
Expiry date: 2024-02-05 23:59:00.000
Location: Loch Gruinart
Salary: £25,723.00 - £27,614.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension Scheme, Life Assurance Scheme, 26 days' Annual Leave
Duration:6 months
Attachments: CandidateGuidanceNotes2023.pdf

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed 'people person' to work for the RSPB on a 6 month contract on Islay. Based at Loch Gruinart, this is an exciting opportunity to promote Islay's amazing wildlife and cultural heritage. 

Our Islay Reserves are working farms and cover a diverse range of habitats from wet grassland to moorland, salt marsh to sea cliffs which support a huge range of species including hundreds of breeding waders, tens of thousands of wintering Greenland barnacle geese, chough, hen harrier, white fronted geese, corncrake and marsh fritillary.

Main responsibilities are welcoming visitors to our reserves and enthusing people about Islay and our work here. Duties will include managing and delivering a busy programme of walks, talks, events and activities, designed to raise awareness of our work and generate funds and memberships. Also, some assisting of reserve staff as required. 

If you are a good communicator, are passionate about Islay and its wildlife, and have the ability to pass this enthusiasm on to visitors, this is the post for you. A flexible approach to work is required, as are excellent organisational and presentation skills.

Essential Skills

  • Standard written and spoken English
  • Good basic knowledge of UK wildlife, habitats and key species (sufficient to be able to lead public engagement activities in a credible way and to train and motivate volunteers)
  • Computer literacy – Microsoft Office
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of people face to face
  • Customer care experience
  • Working with and/or leading volunteers
  • An excellent verbal communicator able to communicate RSPB messages in a way that is understood by a range of audiences and that engenders their support
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Ability to enthuse and motivate themselves and others
  • Full, manual Driving Licence that is valid in the UK
  • Community Engagement – working with the public and delivering events to the public
  • Able to perform administrative tasks and to deliver accurate reporting to given timescales

Desirable Skills

  • Membership recruitment or involved with charitable fundraising via face to face methods
  • Geographical knowledge of location (Isle of Islay)
  • Experience of promotion, marketing and production of interpretive material

Additional Information

This role will require occasional weekend, early morning and evening working so will need someone who is able to be flexible.

This is a Fixed-Term role for 6 months, 37.5 hours per week. 

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 12th February 2024. For further information please contact

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.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

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

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.