The Ayrshire Red Squirrel Group was established in 2002 with the aim of conserving red squirrels throughout Ayrshire. As part of this aim, the group has secured funds to deliver a red squirrel conservation project in the Carrick area of South Ayrshire. The programme will complement an existing Carrick Invasive Species project run by the Ayrshire Rivers Trust which is targeting invasive non-native plants in the region.

Employed by the Ayrshire Rivers Trust, the successful candidate will oversee work to reduce the threats to red squirrel populations in the Carrick area, by establishing and co-ordinating a programme of grey squirrel control, managing squirrelpox surveillance and collating data to monitor squirrel populations in the area.

The Project Officer will also provide training to local communities, enabling volunteers to carry out surveys and participate in a grey squirrel control programme, ensuring the long-term sustainability of red squirrel populations in the area.

Additional roles may also include the production of maps and statistics, promote the activities of the Ayrshire Red Squirrel Group and undertaking publicity activities to promote understanding of invasive species in the wider community.

Applicants will have a minimum of 2 years practical wildlife management and/or gamekeeping experience and be expected to demonstrate good understanding of conservation principles, practices and legislation. Excellent interpersonal, presentation and organisational skills are essential.

Experience of working with the public, private landowners, conservation agencies and volunteer groups and a qualification at NQ level 2 or above in a relevant discipline would be beneficial.

This post requires lone working in remote and often challenging locations. A valid UK driving licence and own vehicle are essential.

Full time 37 hours per week
Fixed Term of 2 years from date of appointment
£19k p.a.
Based within the South Carrick Project Area

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For further information and for submission of CV and Letter of Application please email: or contact Ayrshire Rivers Trust on 01292 525142.

Closing date for applications is Friday 9th August 2013

This Project has been part funded by the local Community Benefit funds of Scottish and Southern Energy’s Hadyard Hill Fund and Scottish Power Renewables Carrick Futures Fund