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Project Officer - Ouse Washes Landscape Recovery Project
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Project Officer - Ouse Washes Landscape Recovery Project

Posted 28 May by RSPB
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Salary icon £26,379 - £28,319 per annum
Location icon Manea , Cambridgeshire

Project Officer - Ouse Washes Landscape Recovery Project
Reference: MAY20242574
Location: Ouse Washes
Salary: £26,379.00 - £28,319.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave

This is a Fixed Term role until 31 March 2026, Full Time role for 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 for an enthusiastic and creative person to work on developing a 4,000ha Landscape Recovery Scheme project in and around Ouse Washes, in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. We are passionate about tackling the joint nature and climate crises. One way we are doing this is through collaborations that enable and support farmers to restore and manage more farmland for nature. Read on if you share our passion, like variety, and can bring energy to a project to deliver landscape-scale, environmental and social change.

What’s the role about?

The Ouse Washes Landscape Recovery Scheme will develop a 20-year habitat restoration project; creating wetlands and restoring habitat at landscape-scale, across 4000 ha within and adjacent to the Ouse Washes SSSI. The project aims to deliver sustainable land management for nature whilst also reducing carbon emissions and taking opportunities to address flooding and water quality challenges.

We are offering the exciting opportunity to be Project Officer for this regionally significant project. As a fundamental member of the project team, you will provide support to the Project Manager on tasks considered essential to the success of this project.

  • By applying and developing your knowledge, skills and experience, you will carry out the following activities during this development phase project;
  • Creating habitat restoration plans for approximately 1000ha through collaboration with farmers, other landowners and project habitat restoration advisors.
  • Writing our Land Management Plan which needs to clearly describe restoration and management activities and estimate costs for our ambitious 20-year implementation phase.
  • Developing our Monitoring and Evaluation Plan to demonstrate the significant environmental and social benefits of the proposed project.
  • Managing contractors and consultants to deliver project outputs on time, particularly baseline surveys including biodiversity net gain and hydrology.
  • Writing our Site Access Plan including auditing existing public rights of way and identifying potential enhancements.
  • Facilitating advice sharing to support landowners and farmers to find affordable ways to rewet and restore parts of their land to help nature recovery.
  • Working with our Community Engagement Officer as necessary on stakeholder engagement planning to ensure that this project delivers real social benefits such as increased accessibility and inclusivity of nature spaces, or opportunities for people to access nature to benefit their physical and mental health.
  • Carrying out other necessary tasks considered essential to the success of the project.

We are looking for somebody with:

Essential skills, knowledge and experience;

  • Experience of successfully working with a wide range of stakeholders, including land managers, through clear and effective communication.
  • Ability to supervise contractors carrying out fieldwork
  • Ability to independently collect baseline survey data.
  • Experience of producing good quality written materials for external partners, including project reports and presentations.
  • Experience of working with GIS (Geographical Information Systems) along with general computer literacy - Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher, Teams and transferable skills for the use of other online packages to produce reports.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and effectively manage your own time.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience;

  • Ecological knowledge and experience of species or habitat surveys
  • Experience of financial administration including submission of claims evidence and procurement of services
  • Experience of developing and delivering monitoring and evaluation plans for environmental indicators such as species recovery and carbon accounting
  • Good understanding of the role of nature-based solutions in delivering multiple benefits.
  • Knowledge and experience of successful habitat and species recovery projects, especially in a wetland environment.
  • Ability to proactively identify and solve problems.

Closing date: 09:00, Wed, 19th Jun 2024

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 25-27th June 2024


If you would like to apply and find out more about this position, please click the apply button to be directed to our website.

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.

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.

No agencies please.

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    Ecological Knowledge

Reference: 52746929

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