Job Vacancy – Water Vole Project Officer

About the Trossachs Water Vole Project

This is a Partnership project between Forth Fisheries Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The first reintroduction of water voles in Scotland has successfully restored a water vole population to Forestry Commission Scotland sites in the Trossachs.  Water voles were previously extinct in this area for approximately 15 – 20 years due to habitat destruction and predation by American mink

Between 2008 and 2011, over 1000 animals were released at a number of restored wetland sites in Cowal & Trossachs Forest District.  These sites have been improved following the removal of conifers and the creation of extensive wetlands including ponds and ditches with plenty of lush vegetation providing ideal water vole habitat.  This has been carried out in conjunction with intensive mink control throughout the surrounding area. 

The Project has been a great success and water voles are now breeding and colonising new areas of suitable habitat within the wider landscape.

The role:  

There is a vacancy for a Water Vole Project Officer based at the Forestry Commission Scotland office at Aberfoyle. The Water Vole Project Officer will be required to help with the planning and implementation of monitoring and protecting the expanding population of water voles. This is a part time post of 24 hours per week; the contract period will be for 18 months initially, with the possibility of extension after that time. Salary for this post will be £9,720 per annum.

For further information please see the role profile.

About You

You will possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to relate to different age and ability groups. You must have the ability to work collaboratively with others and have a flexible approach to work, including working in a partnership environment involving a number of Scottish conservation organisations.  The post is fixed term and part time (occasional weekend work may be required). The successful candidate will be experienced in wildlife survey and ecological monitoring, with previous mink control experience an advantage. A degree in a related science or environment-related discipline is favoured, whilst a full UK driving licence is essential. A good level of animal handling and native conservation knowledge is beneficial, with excellent customer care skills a requirement.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please send in your CV and Cover Letter to trust@fishforth.co.uk . For further information, please contact 0131 445 1527.

This post is subject to satisfactory references and a Disclosure check. The closing date for this position is 22nd June 2017 at 12pm. Please be aware that interviews will be held on the 26th June.

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