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Jobs & Volunteering

We occasionally have opportunities for volunteers to get involved with our work. See below for current opportunities.

1x Pine Marten Project Officer (scroll below for how to apply)

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Jobs & Volunteering

In 2014 we embarked on our Yorkshire Pine Marten Project working with the Forestry Commission in North Yorkshire. The project aim was to try and capture evidence of the elusive pine marten in Yorkshire but also to capture footage of a wide range of species so we can monitor abundance, activity patterns and behaviour. This was achieved when a marten was captured on a camera trap in Autumn last year.

We are now embarking on a 3 year project, the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme, in partnership with the Forestry Commission and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, to find out more about Britain’s second-rarest carnivore in the area, support any existing populations and develop a conservation strategy for their long-term survival in the region.

This will involve massively ramping up survey methods, primarily using camera traps but also through DNA collection and scat surveys. 50 volunteers will also be recruited over the 3 year to assist with surveys and data management, as well as ensuring a project legacy.

We are seeking a home-based project officer to manage the project on a day-to-day basis, working 3 days (21 hours) a week.

Job purpose:

To deliver the objectives of the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme. This project focuses on the large-scale surveying of Forestry Commission forests across the North York Moors to identify and support populations and develop a subsequent conservation strategy for their long-term prospects. It will also raise awareness of the animals here and engage local communities, landowners and volunteers.

Job Details:

Salary: £23,000 pro-rata (3 days a week)

Pension contributions: Yes

Contract: 3 year fixed term

Deadline: Midnight, Friday 13th April

Location: Home-based, but requires very frequent travel to North York Moors area. For that reason, we are seeking somebody locally based.

Main responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct surveys of pine marten across the North York Moors using established techniques (camera traps and scat surveys)
  • Help recruit, manage and train a network of volunteers to assist with the surveys
  • Raise awareness of pine martens and engage local communities, schools, interest groups, landowners and the wider public through talks, workshops, online material and open days.
  • Design and develop interpretation and education materials with NatureSpy staff and project partners
  • Enhance habitat and support populations through the installation of artificial den boxes
  • Regularly report to project partners on the progress of the project, prepare annual written reports and a final written project report, and report to project funders where necessary.
  • Collate and organise pine marten and wildlife data collected in a scientifically robust way for future analysis and submission to local record centres
  • Ensure project partners are kept up to date with UK and international pine marten research and issues (i.e. by keeping up to date with current publications)

Other duties:

Finance:

  • To work with the line manager, other staff and project partners to ensure the project is delivered within budget and keep accurate records of expenditure that can be attributed to project costs

Office, training and personnel:

  • To attend training courses/areas of the country with existing large-scale population surveys (e.g. FC Scotland) as required to further professional development and the project’s needs
  • To be familiar and adhere to NatureSpy’s policies and procedures
  • To provide training and mentoring to volunteers

General:

  • From time to time, carry out other duties as required by your line manager
  • Present a friendly, professional, competent and tidy personal image
  • Keep Health and Safety matters as the over-riding determinant at all times and in all circumstances

Value statement:

NatureSpy expects its staff, paid and unpaid, to carry out their duties in a way which consistently exceeds the regulations and expectations of society at large in matters legal, ethical and environmental.  Our aim is to ensure all resources are utilised effectively and efficiently. You will be expected to apply sound value for money principles in undertaking purchasing or supply of goods and services.

What we're looking for:

  • You will have experience and knowledge of using camera traps on a large scale for conservation
  • You will have experience of funded project management
  • You will have experience of volunteer recruitment and management
  • You are comfortable working alone or in groups in remote locations, and speaking to stakeholders
  • You will be familiar with the North York Moors area
  • You will have experience of writing reports for project partners and funders
  • You are friendly, engaging and have a personable manner
  • You are willing to work flexibly, including occasional weekend hours.
  • You will have a good level of physical fitness due to the work involved
  • You can demonstrate that you have a well organised approach to your work and can work on initiative

Benefits include 17 days holiday per year, pensions contributions and a friendly, flexible working environment.

To apply, please send a CV and 1 page covering letter to [email protected], with the subject line 'Job Application'.