Saturday, July 19, 2008

World Owl Trust - UK Conservation Officer

World Owl Trust

Job Description

UK Conservation Officer

Directly responsible to the Chief Executive

To manage and oversee the UK Conservation Projects that the Trust is currently undertaking.

Responsible for:

Management of UK field projects.

Advice on habitat management to companies and individuals (including land owners and farmers, etc)

Field visits and site surveys as required.

Erecting nest boxes and monitoring nest sites and prey species abundance.

Wildlife monitoring, data analysis and the production of reports.

Identifying projects and accessing funding for conservation projects with the Chief Executive.

Giving presentations at conferences, to organisations and other outreach initiatives.

Updating the conservation information on our website –

Production and updating of relevant leaflets.

Presenting a monthly report to the Trust’s Executive Committee.

Presenting annual reports to the BOCN, BTO and Natural England.

Liaising with other conservation organisations.

Organisation of our children’s Wildlife Watch Club at Muncaster in conjunction with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

On-site conservation workshops for visiting groups.

Any other duties and tasks of a reasonable nature requested by the World Owl Trust senior management.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities:

You must be enthusiastic, confident, self-motivated and innovative.

You will have the ability to understand the social needs of people and their possible lack of knowledge about conservation and the environment, whilst encouraging them to become aware of their involvement in these issues and the areas in which they could become effective.

You need to have excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

You need to be able to work both independently and as part of a team

You need to show a demonstrable commitment to the environmental sector.

You should be able to liaise diplomatically and tactfully with a wide range of partner organisations and individuals.


Sound field skills are necessary with specialist knowledge of bird species and small mammals is an advantage.

You must have a broad knowledge and understanding of conservation issues particularly the UK Biodiversity Action Planning process and relevant UK and European legislation.

You must have proven project management skills and be able to plan your workload to achieve targets and work to deadlines.

You must be computer literate and be able to accurately record data and to use that data to produce reports. Experience or knowledge of “Recorder” would be an advantage.

A working Knowledge of presentation software.

You must have a valid driving licence and the use of a car.

A BTO ringing licence would be an advantage but not essential.

Salary: £16,500 per annum

Location: Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person who is passionate about wildlife and environmental issues to continue the role of Conservation Officer. The successful candidate will manage and oversee the Trust’s UK Conservation projects.

The World Owl Trust headquarters is based in the beautiful wooded grounds of historic Muncaster Castle. Only those candidates being asked to attend interviews will be informed of the outcome. If you have not received a letter inviting you to attend for interview by 22 August 2008, you should assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful. A job description, person specification and application form can be downloaded from our website or by post/email by contacting the World Owl Trust office on 01229 717393.

Please send your completed application to the Trustees, The World Owl Trust, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ.

Closing Date: 25 July 2008

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