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Eradication Operation Manager

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Posted on May 25, 2022 by CHM Recruit

Orkney, Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
£28.4k - £31.5k Annual

Eradication Operation Manager
Location: Orkney Native Wildlife Project - Kirkwall Office
Salary: £28,420 - £31,529 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave
Duration: Fixed Term until 31 st December 2024
Hours: Full Time for 37.5 hours per week

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project has an exciting opportunity to lead the eradication element of its project until the completion date of 2024. As the first stoat eradication project in Europe and the world's largest operation attempted to date, this is a unique opportunity!

The project, a partnership between the site at Scotland, NatureScot and Orkney Islands Council and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and EU LIFE alongside partner contributions, started in 2018 and is in the middle of its implementation phase. Its purpose is to work with local communities and landowners to undertake the stoat eradication operation in order to safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney and its thriving wildlife tourism industry. Stoats were first reported in Orkney in 2010 and their presence threatens a variety of species including the unique Orkney vole, hen harriers, short-eared owls, red-throated divers, waders and seabirds which attract wildlife enthusiasts all year round making a significant contribution to the local economy.

As the Eradication Operations Manager you will be based in Orkney and responsible for all aspects of the delivery of the work programme to eradicate stoats from the islands. The eradication team currently includes a team of 18 full time equivalent staff who are responsible for delivering an agreed eradication operation plan across 227 square miles using legal and humane removal methods. You will also be responsible for ensuring any need for methodology change is effectively communicated and agreed change implemented in the field. You will be accountable for:

  • Leading, managing and supervising the eradication team to deliver project objectives
  • Production of relevant project documentation to both report on and instigate change in the eradication work programme
  • Ensuring all site operations are delivered in a safe and legally compliant manner
  • Managing the eradication project budget against forecast, ensuring exceptions beyond tolerance are escalated to be approved
  • Ensuring that stakeholders (landowners and associated groups) are kept fully involved and informed to maintain support and comply with landowner agreements
  • Machinery, vehicle and equipment maintenance, record keeping and systems management to ensure operator safety, legal compliance and efficiency
  • Collection, collation and quality control of data to specified time-scales and requirements to enable analysis to be completed
  • Collaborating with other projects to ensure expertise is shared
  • Auditing fieldwork on the ground

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Demonstrable experience of management of a diverse team with a key focus on an ability to set direction, ensure procedures are followed and maintain motivation.
  • IT literate including database and mapping programmes (Merlin or GIS)
  • Experience of delivering invasive species eradication or equivalent conservation management field skills
  • An ability to produce clear written communications
  • Ability to lead change and work under pressure to deliver time sensitive outputs
  • Experience of working with local communities in a collaborative and sensitive way
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to find creative solutions
  • Attention to detail and ability to understand financial systems
  • Experience of working with landowners and living in a rural community

Desirable skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Experience of mustelids and stoats in particular
  • Operating and maintaining a range of machinery, vehicles and equipment

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

Closing Date: 23:59, Fri, 10 th Jun 2022
They are looking to conduct interviews for this position on the 16th June 2022.

Application Process:

To find out more information, please click the apply button. You will be taken to a simple CHM Recruit form and then redirected to complete your application for this position.

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

Reference: 1606634016

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