RSPB
RSPB

Charity registered in Scotland SC037654

Our work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment.


Current vacancies

Biosecurity and Conservation Detection Dog Manager

  • Full time
  • £32,022 – £34,377
  • Kirkwall (On site)
  • Closing 31st May 2024

As Biosecurity and Conservation Detection Dog Manager, you will be a confident and capable individual with a strong background in invasive species management, ideally on islands, with excellent organisational and strategic planning skills and an ability to coordinate work across multiple sites and islands.

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project started in 2018 and is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, NatureScot and Orkney Islands Council. Its purpose is to work with local communities and landowners to undertake the world’s largest stoat eradication operation and safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney and its thriving wildlife tourism industry. Funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF), EU LIFE and Nature Restoration Fund alongside partner contributions, the project is now in a key implementation stage and we are looking for a passionate and motivated individual to lead the delivery of the Biosecurity and Conservation Detection Dog Activities for the Orkney Native Wildlife Project.

What's the role about?

Working closely with the Eradication Operations Manager you will manage a Conservation Detection Dog team to ensure the successful delivery of the eradication of stoats in Orkney, prevent their spread to small islands within Orkney and put in place biosecurity measures to prevent their return to Orkney. You will work with island communities to continue the implementation of island-specific, community-led biosecurity plans for high risk islands that are currently stoat free. In addition, you will have the necessary skills and experience to train and support volunteer Biosecurity Champions in delivering these plans. You will keep our stakeholders engaged and involved during and beyond the lifetime of the project. You will coordinate an already established Biosecurity Working Group and work together to facilitate the implementation of a biosecurity strategy for the Orkney archipelago.

You will ideally have practical experience in mustelid trapping and surveillance, and a good understanding of stoat biology and behaviour. You will be familiar with, and experienced in, the use of common island biosecurity surveillance tools and use of conservation detection dogs.

Key deliverables of the role are:

  • Continue the implementation of island-specific community-led biosecurity plans for high risk islands which are currently stoat free.
  • Train and support a team of volunteer Biosecurity Champions in delivering the island specific biosecurity plans.
  • Coordinate the Biosecurity Working Group and work together to facilitate the implementation of a biosecurity strategy for the Orkney archipelago.
  • Coordinate and lead a team of conservation dog handlers to carry out eradication and biosecurity actions as required.
  • Oversight and management of team budget working with project Finance Officer

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of mustelid (stoat) biology and behaviour.
  • Experience of using biosecurity and eradication tools.
  • Experience of working with conservation dogs or detection dogs.
  • Understand requirements for non-native species biosecurity and eradications.
  • Line management experience.
  • Experience of facilitating workshops and engaging local communities
  • Experience of coordinating working groups.
  • Knowledge and understanding of island biosecurity best practice and the tools and techniques available for the management of invasive non-native predators.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of working in remote and diverse island communities is desirable.

Additional Information

This role is based on Orkney. 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.

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Senior Administrator and Office Manager

  • Full time
  • £26,379 – £28,319
  • Kirkwall (On site)
  • Closing 26th May 2024

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project is looking for a motivated senior administrator and office manager who can support the project team in the Kirkwall office to facilitate delivery of the work programme and ensure an effective office working environment.

The Orkney Native Wildlife Project started in 2018 and is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Nature Scot and Orkney Islands Council. Its purpose is to work with local communities and landowners to undertake the world’s largest stoat eradication operation and safeguard the unique and internationally important native wildlife of Orkney. This is an exciting and varied role that presents a fantastic opportunity to support a large team in making a real difference for nature!

To make a success of this opportunity, you will be a capable senior administrator with the ability to work well with a broad range of people, whilst having strong office management skills to ensure the smooth running of the team.

What's the role about?

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and EU LIFE alongside partner contributions the project is now in a key implementation stage and we are looking for a strong administrator who can support the busy team. As the Senior Administrator and Officer Manager, you will be expected to:

  • Provide comprehensive business administrative support to the project team, including financial processes, travel and accommodation, events, organising and maintaining materials and equipment, diary bookings and maintaining SharePoint websites.
  • Provide a dedicated administrative support service to the steering group, project board and Technical advisory group, including diary management, drafting letters and other communications, organising travel, accommodation and meetings
  • Provide comprehensive support to recruiting managers where required for all aspects of the recruitment and induction processes
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of the office environment to ensure the office is an efficient, effective and safe place to work
  • Respond to and manage with unplanned office maintenance issues and breakdowns as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure core work is not affected, and to keep staff informed of issues and timescales for rectification
  • Maintain asset registers
  • Manage office/reception functions, to ensure adequate cover is in place and that a professional service is provided to staff, volunteers and visitors

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, MS Teams, SharePoint), plus the ability to impart this knowledge on to others.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences whether by phone, email or in person.
  • Able to organise meetings and events, from small up to very large (hundreds of attendees), and coordinate all aspects of the meeting or event logistics.
  • Able to make the best use of time particularly when under pressure from competing priorities.
  • Able to identify and act on opportunities for continually improving ways of working.
  • Able to deal with confidential and sensitive information appropriately.
  • Able to take meeting notes and minutes clearly and concisely.
  • Experience of providing administrative support within a large and complex organisation.
  • Experience of office management and maintaining a safe working environment.

Additional Information

This role is based on Orkney, within the Orkney Native Wildlife Project office in Kirkwall. 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.

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Campaigns and Communications Officer

  • Part time
  • £29,200 – £31,347 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh (On site)
  • Closing 17th May 2024

The Campaigns and Communications Officer role is a great opportunity to use your communications skills and knowledge of policy in Scotland to help tackle the nature and climate emergency.

RSPB Scotland is Scotland’s largest nature conservation charity. The campaigns team works across the organisation and with external coalitions and partners to build broad public support for our policy priorities. The successful candidate will work closely with parliamentary and communications colleagues.

Forthcoming policy priorities include legislation aimed at restoring biodiversity. The successful candidate will coordinate internal and external stakeholders and support the development and implementation of activity designed to mobilise people for nature and climate.

This is a fixed-term role which would make an excellent secondment opportunity. We see the role as a development opportunity for those with some experience looking to develop their campaigning and advocacy skills.

What we need from you

Essentials:

  • Education at degree level or equivalent, or the ability to demonstrate work-related experience.
  • Experience of working on nature conservation issues.
  • Experience of working on a public-facing communications campaign.
  • Public engagement and event management skills
  • Ability to develop public messages from briefings or background information on a wide variety of topics.
  • Strong social media campaigning skills.
  • Experience of relationship-building with internal and external networks.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and project manage.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of campaigns and communication activities to determine reach and impact, including on social media.

Desirable

  • Good understanding of the policy and political landscapes in Scotland and the UK.
  • Event management for virtual events, such as webinars.
  • Previous experience in conservation issues of concern.
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Fundraising Officer, Scotland

  • Full time
  • £25,723 – £27,614
  • RSPB Scotland – HQ, Edinburgh based + hybrid flexi
  • Closing 7th August 2023

Would you like to be involved in saving nature and tackling the climate emergency that we are facing?

RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the largest nature conservation charity in Europe, with over one million members. We work to achieve a better world for both nature and people, where biodiversity loss has halted, and human actions ensure the sustainable management of the planet’s natural resources. RSPB Scotland manages nature reserves from Shetland in the north to the Mull of Galloway in the south. We collaborate with other organisations to deliver a wide range of projects and activities both on and off our nature reserves.

Saving species teetering on the brink and protecting habitats across landscapes requires funding.

RSPB Scotland is looking for a Fundraising Officer to join our Fundraising Team in Scotland to help generate and maximise income from external funding sources (mainly charitable trusts and grants).

What's the role about?

Reporting to a Fundraising Manager, the Fundraising Officer will play a key role in ensuring that the RSPB Scotland fundraising team meets or exceeds agreed income targets.

The focus of this role will be to generate income from funders including charitable trusts, the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, and other statutory sources. This involves:

  • Researching and identifying potential funding opportunities and matching these to agreed priority work on our nature reserves, projects and core work
  • Writing compelling fundraising applications, as well as detailed and accurate evaluation reports and grant claims
  • Collating relevant financial information for both applications and grant claims
  • Developing relationships with funders to understand their objectives and deadlines
  • Liaising with colleagues across the country to gather relevant and accurate information for funding applications and other communication requirements
  • Communicating with project partners and other charities to share knowledge and experiences
  • Accurately recording income and donor communications on a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Excellent written communication skills – experience in writing persuasive and compelling fundraising applications is desirable
  • Ability to communicate confidently and professionally over email and phone, and develop good working relationships with colleagues and funders
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities, work independently, identify tasks and manage own workload
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Awareness of, and interest in, the challenges facing the natural world
  • Educated to degree level or have relevant professional experience

Additional information

  • This is a Permanent role for 37.5 hours per week.
  • This role can be flexible/hybrid between office and home working, but the successful candidate will be expected to be able to travel to our office in Edinburgh.
  • Travel to Edinburgh will be required once a month.
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Community Engagement Officer - Dundee

  • Full time
  • £25,723 – £27,614
  • Dundee
  • Closing 23rd July 2023

RSPB Scotland is collaborating with the people who live and work in Dundee to explore how saving nature can meet every challenge. We want to offer an exciting opportunity for two people experienced in Community Engagement to join our team and create a nature-positive impact in Dundee!

What are the roles about?

Our aim is to work with groups in Dundee to establish practical and meaningful ways to support people and nature in thriving together and empower communities to make nature-positive changes. We are currently setting up two projects in the city, both involving similar elements but with separate target audiences. Both positions will see the successful candidates lead on collaborative and community-led engagement to develop a better understanding of people’s connection to nature and shape how nature and people can thrive together.

We want two creative, passionate individuals to bring these projects to life, bringing energy, fresh ideas and problem-solving skills. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

This post is managed by the Dundee Project Manager, who will be on hand to support you regularly in this role.

There will be a need to travel within Dundee frequently to liaise with communities and organisations regularly.

What we need from you

You will lead on all agreed project outcomes and work independently to drive forward our community-led projects in a professional and enthusiastic manner.

Therefore, you will have:

· Good knowledge of Dundee and community priorities.

· Experience in working with the public and partners to deliver events/activities that engage a wide range of people.

· Ability to motivate a wide range of people face to face.

· Proven time management and organisational skills.

· Excellent interpersonal skills, and able to communicate about your work in a passionate and credible manner.

· Ability to work creatively and under own initiative.

· Ability to develop and work in partnerships.

· Experience with recruiting and working with volunteers.

· Competent IT skills (e.g. Microsoft Office).

Additional Information

· We reserve the right to extend/make it permanent at any time.

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Assistant Warden - North-East Scotland Coastal Reserves

  • Part time
  • £25,723 – £27,614 pro-rata
  • Loch of Strathbeg
  • Closing 12th May 2023

This is a great opportunity to work on a fantastic range of reserves on some of the most important areas for wildlife within the North-East of Scotland. The group of five reserves cover lochs, a range of associated wetland habitats, farmland, dunes systems, seabird cliffs and woodlands that are home to a diverse range of wildlife and we need your help to keep them special.

We are looking for someone enthusiastic with good practical and communication skills, and who will become a key part of our small, friendly, dedicated team.

What's the role about?

This role involves working with our Wardens, existing Assistant Warden and volunteers to help deliver our ambitious management plan targets across our suite of reserves in North-East Scotland.

This post will focus on the undertaking of habitat management, infrastructure maintenance, species monitoring and helping ensure all aspects of the reserve are as good as they can be. This role will also be working with volunteers, both residential and local.

You will be based at Loch of Strathbeg with regular work days at Loch Spynie and the potential for some work at Fowlsheugh, Troup Head & Meikle Loch.

Key activities will include:

• Working with the team to deliver the reserves management programme.

• Undertaking species monitoring to assess the benefits of the on-site habitat management.

• Contribute to the ongoing maintenance of reserves machinery in line with manufacturers recommendations

• Recording and mapping of all works undertaken for annual reporting

• Assisting with the provision of a safe working environment for all staff and volunteers

What we need from you:

Essential skills include:

• You will have knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management.

• You will have a proven track record of completing work alone and working within a varied team.

• Comfortable managing volunteers from a range of backgrounds

• Reasonable birdwatching knowledge and experience of biological surveys

• Full, manual, driving licence.

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:

• Lantra or equivalent qualification in using equipment such as brushcutter, quad bike & 4x4 driving.

• First aid qualification.

• Knowledge of servicing and maintaining vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment to agreed standards.

• Experience of staff or volunteer recruitment and line management.

• Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.

• Experience in working with livestock.

• Computer literacy including experience of Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel and Outlook.

Additional information:

• This role will involve lone working and working in remote locations.

• This role will require occasional weekend, early morning and evening working so will need someone who is able to be flexible.

• This is a very practical role with and expectation of c2.5 days a week either working on the reserve or within the workshop undertaking maintenance.

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.

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Fundraising Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,723 – £27,614
  • RSPB Scotland HQ Edinburgh + Flexible working + Travel
  • Closing 9th April 2023

The RSPB is the largest nature conservation charity in Europe, with over one million members. We work to achieve a better world for both nature and people, where biodiversity loss has halted, and human actions ensure the sustainable management of the planet’s natural resources.

RSPB Scotland manages 80 nature reserves from Shetland in the north to the Mull of Galloway in the south. We collaborate with other organisations to deliver a wide range of projects and activities both on and off our nature reserves.

RSPB Scotland is looking for a Fundraising Officer to join our Fundraising Team and help generate income from external funding sources (charitable trusts and grants). This will enable us to deliver priority projects and goals to aid nature's recovery.

What's the role about?

Reporting to a Fundraising Manager, the Fundraising Officer will play a key role in ensuring that the RSPB Scotland fundraising team meets or exceeds agreed income targets, with support from a Senior Fundraising Officer.

The focus of this role will be to generate income from funders including charitable trusts, the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, and other statutory sources.

This involves:

• Researching and identifying potential funding opportunities and matching these to agreed priority work on our nature reserves, projects and core work

• Writing compelling fundraising applications, as well as detailed and accurate evaluation reports and grant claims

• Collating relevant financial information for both applications and grant claims

• Developing relationships with funders to understand their objectives and deadlines

• Liaising with colleagues across the country to gather relevant and accurate information for funding applications and other communication requirements

• Communicating with project partners and other charities to share knowledge and experiences

• Accurately recording income and donor communications on a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system

Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are crucial to the success of this role, as is the ability to manage multiple tasks, work flexibly and prioritise to meet tight deadlines. You would be part of a five person grants team and a wider fifteen-person Funding Development team. A friendly, positive attitude and willingness to collaborate within the team and adapt to changing priorities is required. Experience of grant fundraising would be advantageous.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

• Excellent written communication skills – experience in writing persuasive and compelling fundraising applications is desirable

• Ability to communicate confidently and professionally over email and phone

• Meticulous attention to detail

• Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines

• Ability to work independently, identify tasks and manage own workload

• Good numeracy skills

• Strong IT skills

• Awareness of, and interest in, the challenges facing the natural world

• Ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues and funders

• Educated to degree level or have relevant professional experience

• English and Mathematics GCSE or equivalent

Additional Information:

• This is a Permanent role for 37.5 hours per week.

• This role can be flexible/hybrid between office and home working, but the successful candidate will be expected to be able to travel to our office in Edinburgh, and occasionally nature reserves across Scotland, when required.

This role will require completion of a PVG in addition to the standard pre-employment checks.

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.

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

The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

For further information please contact julia.westbury@rspb.org.uk

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Centre Assistant

  • Part time
  • £19,305 – £21,417 pro-rata
  • Loch Garten Nature Centre, Nethy Bridge
  • Closing 5th February 2023

Are you able to deliver fantastic customer service, and would you like to work for an organisation that is making a big difference to our natural world?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working people person, to help work in our shop and visitor centre at Loch Garten.

Loch Garten has a long-established reputation as being the ancestral home of ospreys in the UK and the Nature Centre opens every season to allow thousands of visitors to see these magnificent and enthralling birds, as they battle all that nature can throw at them to raise a family. As well as ospreys, visitors are treated to close-up views of red squirrels and many small birds, including crested tits and great spotted woodpeckers. The centre is within Abernethy National Nature Reserve, the RSPB’s second largest reserve, which contains the largest remnant of ancient Caledonian pine-forest in the UK and is set amidst the magnificent landscape of the Cairngorms National Park.

About the Role

Our work in the visitor centre is planned via the use of rotas and would include weekend working. Full induction and training would be provided, with opportunities to learn about the running of a busy visitor centre and nature reserve operation.

Our shop and Nature Centre operations are a crucial part of what we do here, encouraging visitors to explore the reserve, and giving them a great visitor experience.

You will be able to communicate well with our visitors and offer excellent levels of customer care. Duties will include working on our meet and greet operation, helping with the shop, undertaking stock takes, welcoming visitors to the reserve, giving out information, and encouraging visitors to support our work.

You will also support our Retail Manager, helping to serve customers, and undertaking other duties typical of a shop operation.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent
  • Basic food hygiene knowledge
  • Computer literate
  • Enthusiastic approach to work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workloads
  • Multitasking skills
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to manage and respond quickly and positively to customer needs and feedback
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of working at a catering environment/visitor attraction
  • Knowledge of health and safety in the workplace
  • Knowledge of food and food service skills
  • Till operation and payment handling

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.

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Senior Project Manager – Nature Positive Biodiversity Gain in Scotland

  • Full time or Part time
  • £33,600 – £37,275
  • Flexible in the UK with visits to RSPB Scotland HQ, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH on a recurrent basis
  • Closing 13th February 2023

RSPB Scotland recently secured funding from a variety of partners to explore how it might deliver a ‘gold standard’ ethical investment model for biodiversity enhancement in Scotland.

We need a Project Manager who can take us on the first part of the journey so that, in time, we may be able to offer biodiversity credits to what will be a new market, potentially comparable to the emerging climate / carbon credits market.

Whether RSPB ultimately gets involved or not, we want to shape the market so that nature is the principal beneficiary.

What's the role about?

The nature crisis is increasingly recognised as being comparable to the climate crisis. Scotland’s recently published Revised Draft National Planning Framework 4 explicitly recognises that there are dual crises, and will introduce a requirement for development to contribute to the enhancement of biodiversity. Along with other legislative and fiscal initiatives to protect and boost nature, this is likely to result in significant private investment into nature conservation and biodiversity enhancement.

This job will seek to take advantage of the growing acknowledgment of the nature crisis by leading the development of a model for private finance investment in enhancing biodiversity, primarily on behalf of the RSPB, but which can be transferable to other ENGOs.

The RSPB owns and / or manages 77,000 hectares of land in Scotland, so there are plenty of opportunities to invest in helping nature to recover. Prioritising investment is likely to be part of the challenge and, looking to the future, there will be a need to positively influence the market for biodiversity credits, so that nature continues to benefit over the long term, rather than speculators who might trade those credits.

The job will largely involve working with internal colleagues to determine how best to go about offering opportunities for private investment in biodiversity enhancement, and would suit someone who is comfortable working to deliver practical initiatives in rapidly changing and sometimes uncertain contexts and circumstances.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Good communication skills, ability to quickly develop and sustain positive working relationships with internal and external colleagues and partners to achieve beneficial outcomes.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and capacity to lead without line management.
  • Confident and persuasive when working in uncertain policy environments and with a range of people.
  • Ability to quickly assimilate information, understand and take opportunities, and to take the initiative.
  • Ability to see the big picture, and to cut through but at the same time understand and appreciate the detail.
  • Creative thinker, able to find innovative solutions to problems.
  • Good written, verbal, and presentation skills, including report writing.
  • Understanding of the practical and policy challenges inherent in delivering biodiversity enhancements.
  • Time management and organisational skills.
  • Competent IT user (e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel, etc).

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of working to a standard project management approach, e.g. RSPB Project Management Framework, Prince II.
  • Appreciation of what constitutes ethical investment.
  • Appreciation of private finance investment models and mechanisms.
  • Experience of working with and giving direction to contractors.
  • Experience of organising and facilitating meetings and discussions, including with community organisations and social enterprises.
  • Experience of delivering projects.

The job can be done from anywhere in the UK, but there is likely to be a need to be in Edinburgh on an ad hoc but, potentially, reasonably recurrent basis.

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.

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Education, Families & Youth Officer - Scotland based

  • Part time
  • £23,939 – £26,558 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh/Hybrid
  • Closing 2nd February 2023

This is a Fixed-Term for 18.5 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.

The suitable candidate will be based in Scotland (be that home/hybrid based)

What's the role about?

This role aims to support key projects and initiatives as well as to support Scotland’s regional operations team with all their education, families, and youth work, enabling more and more diverse people to connect with and act for nature.

Duties include - Non-Exhaustive

• In line with RSPB’s Youth Strategy, support staff and volunteers across Scotland in their delivery of projects in order to contribute towards agreed targets.

• Deliver a recognised and respected source of leadership, support and advice to regional/country teams engaged on Education, Families and Youth work.

• Enhance the regional/county teams understanding of working with young people through co-design approaches, enabling them to increase their confidence in working with them – so that more young people have a positive experience of nature.

• Support the development of capabilities and knowledge of regional/country staff and volunteers delivering education, families, and youth work, to ensure delivery of the regional/country plans.

• In line with RSPB standards, the Scotland context and reflecting the needs of the Scottish curriculum, help develop, and support agreed Education, Family and Youth projects which contribute towards country targets.

• Monitor, evaluate and review agreed areas of Education, Families and Youth delivery to ensure it meets RSPB policy and standards and is achieving agreed Youth strategy targets.

• Lead (with Line Manager/other staff members where appropriate) on awareness raising, training and advice for safeguarding policy and procedure across the region to ensure staff and volunteers are aware of key issues and feel confident in engaging with young people.

• Support capability and knowledge development of volunteers delivering education, families, and youth work to help raise awareness and understanding of volunteering as a positive way of meeting business needs.

• Seek opportunities to develop new approaches to deliver the Youth Strategy to help meet agreed targets.

What we need from you

Essentials:

• Good leadership – ability to motivate and influence people to deliver objectives without direct line management.

• Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, successfully influencing, persuading, guiding, listening to, and negotiating with others, constructively challenging thinking where appropriate.

• Ability to build and manage effective and productive internal stakeholder relationships.

• Excellent time management, planning and organisational skills; ability to manage and deliver a diverse portfolio of work and administration within a limited time.

• Ability to be proactive, use initiative and work independently.

• Ability to balance a strong focus on achieving successful outcomes with the need to empower, enable, motivate, inspire, and develop others.

• Competent in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Excel for normal business use.

• Working with young people and/or supporting/managing those that do.

• Experience of working as part of a team and with volunteers.

• Enthusing others about the benefits of working with young people and their families to themselves and the organisation.

• Experience of working in the charitable sector or in an organisation that works closely with young people or families.

• Experience of providing operational advice and guidance to people at all levels and building effective stakeholder relationships.

Desirables:

• Teaching qualification.

• Youth Work qualification.

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Dundee Project Manager - (fixed term)

  • Full time
  • £28,420 – £31,529
  • Dundee
  • Closing 25th January 2023

This exciting opportunity will see you managing RSPB Scotland’s work in one of Scotland’s most dynamic cities, Dundee. The successful candidate will build upon the team’s development work in the city and form successful partnerships to develop inspirational, collaborative projects and initiatives.

The base location for this role is flexible and can be home-based. The successful candidate will however need to be able to travel to and within Dundee frequently.

What's the role about?

With climate and biodiversity in crisis, the environment needs our help more than ever. For RSPB’s vision of a world richer in nature to be realised, people and communities need to be at the heart of the change. We need to work with and enable more and broader audiences to act for nature. We want you to be a key part of this in Dundee.

In 2022 we have dedicated time to get to know the many existing exciting and established initiatives and projects happening across the city and we have laid the foundations for strong future partnership working. As Dundee Project Manager you will build upon this work and drive forward our aspiration of a diverse, people-powered movement in the city.

We want a creative, passionate Project Manager to lead this work, bringing energy, fresh ideas and problem-solving skills. You will work closely with partner organisations and community representatives to develop collaborative projects, initiatives, and event opportunities. You will identify and secure funding opportunities to further the project objectives and manage the overall project budget and management framework. The successful candidate will be a strong advocate for the project and continually seek to promote the project to external audiences and develop communications content.

Our development work has identified a strong collaborative approach between partners in Dundee and managing existing relationships and developing new ones will be an important part of this role. In establishing an RSPB presence in Dundee, we have set out to be relevant, meaningful, and guided by what matters to people. The exciting next phase of this project is to progress this by turning our listening into action.

This post is managed by the Senior Conservation Officer covering Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Tayside. The Project Manager will work closely with various internal RSPB teams including Engagement, Community Empowerment and Fundraising & Communications. You will oversee the growth of the project which is likely to involve line management of other project posts in the future.

Essential skills, knowledge, and experience:

As Dundee Project Manager you will lead on all agreed project outcomes and progress our work in a professional and enthusiastic manner. Therefore, you will have:

  • Demonstrable leadership ability, able to lead without line management authority
  • Good communications skills – both written and verbal
  • The ability to work under your own initiative and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to persuade and influence a wide range of people, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering projects and an ability to manage changes within projects
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to find creative solutions with energy and passion
  • Proven organisational and IT skills
  • Experience of working to a standard project management approach
  • Cost and budget management
  • Logical & methodical, analytical and a good eye for detail
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Biosecurity Officer - Scotland and NE England

  • Full time
  • £28,420 – £31,529
  • Scotland and NE England (Flexible/Hybrid)
  • Closing 12th January 2023

Biosecurity for LIFE is a UK-wide project set up by the RSPB, National Trust, and the National Trust for Scotland to protect our internationally important seabird islands from introduced mammalian predators, a major threat to ground-nesting seabirds. The project is working with conservation organisations, boat operators, island communities and volunteers to develop and implement biosecurity checks and measures, and has delivered extensive education and awareness-raising activities to promote biosecurity and the simple things anyone travelling to islands can do to help safeguard our seabirds.

This role is based in Edinburgh with occasional travel across Scotland and the rest of the UK, and involves working with a range of individuals from different age groups and diverse backgrounds.

What's the role about?

The Biosecurity for LIFE project is entering its transition phase into a maintenance programme, having developed comprehensive plans with biosecurity island managers and communities, and raised awareness of biosecurity with thousands of industry and island visitors and communities. The purpose of this role is to empower these new biosecurity heroes to look after our islands and seabirds beyond the project’s lifetime.

You will support island managers, volunteers and communities in Scotland and NE England to commit to their biosecurity plans and implement their checks and measures. You will lead on recruiting, developing and supporting a network of up to 160 volunteers across the UK to respond to biosecurity incursions with the other Biosecurity Officers in Wales, SW England, Northern Ireland, Shetland and Orkney. You will manage the distribution incursion hub in Edinburgh, ensuring the network of up to 7 UK incursion hubs are equipped and response ready.

This could be an ideal secondment opportunity.

What we need from you

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

  • Experience of managing volunteers and setting clear work priorities.
  • Experience of remote field work either on islands or for biosecurity surveillance or incursion responses.
  • Proven ability to advocate a position and influence others to negotiate desired outcomes.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to speak confidently and cogently to a variety of audiences.
  • An ability to work well independently and as part of a dispersed team.
  • Competent user of MS Office programmes.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

  • Knowledge of the ecology, species and habitats of mammalian predators and/or island seabirds.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Experience of developing and supporting a volunteer network.
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Education, Families and Youth Manager (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £28,420 – £31,529
  • Flexible working in Scotland (HQ in Edinburgh)
  • Closing 14th November 2022

Are you passionate about nature?

Do you have the experience and skills to lead our work with children and young people in Scotland, including through strategy development, establishing partnerships and advocating our education policy objectives?

We are looking for a skilled, enthusiastic and highly motivated Education, Families and Youth Manager to work within our Scotland team. You will support the development of transformational experiences for young people and families across Scotland and seek out new opportunities with funders and partners.

You will be an experienced leader with a track record of developing and managing projects, inspiring teams and managing change, with knowledge of safeguarding, formal education and community outreach. You will have good knowledge and experience of the education and youth sector in Scotland. You will be an excellent communicator who is able to prioritise and think strategically.

What's the role about?

You will:

  • Contribute to the strategic planning and development of education, youth and family related initiatives to inspire individuals and communities to connect and take action for nature.
  • Seek out, develop and maintain partnerships that enable RSPB Scotland to achieve its ambitions to save nature with and through children and young people in Scotland.
  • As a Safeguarding Adviser, act as the first point of contact for staff seeking support and advice around the implementation of RSPB’s safeguarding policy in their work.
  • Help identify and manage new opportunities with funders and manage funded projects to deliver agreed outcomes

This is a really exciting time to join the RSPB in Scotland where we have helped deliver some amazing successes for saving nature and inspiring people, and you'll have the opportunity to work as part of a dynamic team, helping to shape the way we connect young people with our wonderful wildlife.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the formal education sector and the Scottish curriculum.
  • Knowledge and experience of best practice in working with children and young people.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding / child protection.
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, including the ability to present to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrable track record of having successfully and effectively developed and delivered any or all of the following: education / outdoor learning / youth / family initiatives.
  • Demonstrable track record of having developed and managed funding bids and projects.
  • Ability to build and manage effective and productive relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to empower and motivate staff and volunteers to deliver objectives, often without direct line management.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills to manage a diverse workload.

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.

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Campaigns and Communications Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,180 – £29,043
  • Flexible in Scotland
  • Closing 17th October 2022

The Campaigns and Communications Officer role is a great opportunity to use your communications skills and knowledge of policy in Scotland to help tackle the nature and climate emergency.

RSPB Scotland is Scotland’s largest nature conservation charity. The campaigns team works across the organisation and with external coalitions and partners to build broad public support for our policy priorities. The successful candidate will work closely with parliamentary and communications colleagues.

Current and forthcoming policy priorities include agriculture, biodiversity, land use and marine planning. The successful candidate will coordinate internal and external stakeholders and support the development and implementation of activity designed to mobilise people for nature and climate.

This is a fixed-term role which would make an excellent secondment opportunity. We see the role as a development opportunity for those with some experience looking to develop their campaigning and advocacy skills.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Education at degree level or equivalent, or the ability to demonstrate work-related experience
  • Experience of working on nature conservation issues
  • Experience of delivering at least one public-facing, advocacy-themed communications campaign
  • Public engagement and event management skills
  • Ability to develop public messages from briefings or background information on a wide variety of topics
  • Strong social media campaigning skills
  • Experience of relationship-building with internal and external networks to deliver on advocacy priorities
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and project manage
  • Ability to effectively organise and participate in diverse, cross-functional project teams, outside agencies and government stakeholders

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Good understanding of the policy and political landscape at UK, Scottish and EU levels
  • Event management for virtual events, such as webinars
  • Monitoring and evaluation of campaigns and communication activities to determine reach and impact, including on social media
  • Previous experience in conservation issues of concern

The successful candidate will be able to conduct this role remotely, however occasional meetings at our office in Edinburgh will be required.

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.

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Parliamentary Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,600 – £37,275
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th September 2022

Use your political knowledge and expertise to help tackle the nature and climate emergency!

Working closely with our policy teams and our partners, you will lead our relationship with the Scottish Parliament and our political contacts, helping ensure nature's voice is heard. You will develop our political strategy, identify political engagement opportunities, and manage our presence at external events such as party conferences and parliamentary receptions.

RSPB Scotland is Scotland’s largest nature conservation charity. We work with politicians and other decision makers in the Scottish Parliament and across Scotland’s wider political sector to protect and restore Scotland’s nature.

Working closely with our policy team, you will lead our relationship with the Scottish Parliament and our political contacts, helping ensure nature’s voice is heard. Working closely with colleagues from across the RSPB and our partner organisations, you will develop our political strategy, identify political engagement opportunities, and manage our presence at external events such as party conferences and parliamentary receptions.

An effective communicator, advocate, and negotiator, you will have an excellent understanding of political processes in Scotland and how they impact on, and can help tackle, the nature and climate emergency.

Essential skills, knowledge & experience:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, or similar ability gained through work experience relevant to the role.
  • Written and verbal communication skills that are professional, persuasive, and engaging.
  • Strong time management and organisational skills.
  • Understanding of politics and political processes in Scotland.
  • Understanding of relevant devolved, UK, European and global institutions and their impacts on nature and climate.
  • Demonstrable experience of analysing complex issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience of advocacy and negotiation at senior level in order to successfully influence others.
  • Effective prioritisation in response to many competing demands.
  • Able to manage projects effectively.

Desirable skills, knowledge & experience:

  • Understanding of environment/biodiversity issues.
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Parliamentary Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,600 – £37,275
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 1st June 2022

This is a great opportunity for you to use your political knowledge and expertise to help tackle the nature and climate emergency!

Working closely with our policy team, you will lead our relationship with the Scottish Parliament and our political contacts, helping ensure nature's voice is heard. Working closely with colleagues from across the RSPB and our partner organisations, you will develop our political strategy, identify political engagement opportunities and manage our presence at external events such as party conferences and parliamentary receptions.

RSPB Scotland is Scotland’s largest nature conservation charity. We work with politicians and other decision makers in the Scottish Parliament and across Scotland’s wider political sector to protect and restore Scotland’s nature.

An effective communicator, advocate and negotiator, you will have an excellent understanding of political processes in Scotland and how they impact on, and can help tackle, the nature and climate emergency.

Essential skills, knowledge & experience:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, or similar ability gained through work experience relevant to the role.
  • Written and verbal communication skills that are professional, persuasive and engaging.
  • Strong time management and organisational skills.
  • Understanding of politics and political processes in Scotland.
  • Understanding of relevant devolved, UK, European and global institutions and their impacts on nature and climate.
  • Competent use of Microsoft Office relevant to the role.
  • Demonstrable experience of analysing complex issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience of advocacy and negotiation at senior level in order to successfully influence others.
  • Effective prioritisation in response to many competing demands.
  • Able to manage projects effectively.

Desirable skills, knowledge & experience:

  • Understanding of environment/biodiversity issues.
  • Educated to Masters level or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • An understanding of the role of communications/campaigns/campaigning tools to influence decisions and decision-makers and supporting policy advocacy.
  • Experience of operating in a communications, policy, campaigning or advocacy role that has secured better decisions.
  • Line management of volunteers/interns.
  • Knowledge of the political, economic and cultural contexts of conservation across Scotland and the UK, in order to be able to make sound judgements as to appropriate responses and interventions.
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Council Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 17th April 2022

Together, we can create a world richer in nature

As the largest nature conservation charity in the UK the RSPB has a critical role to play in protecting and restoring nature for future generations. We are facing a nature and climate crisis: RSPB’s vision is a shared world where wildlife, wild places and all people thrive.

Like nature our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We recognise that everyone is individual and different, and value what that difference brings to the RSPB. We want to support everyone to unlock their potential and better reflect the communities in which we work.

Our Council, the Trustee Board, plays a critical role in helping our organisation to evolve and ensure our work has the biggest possible impact. We aim for Council to be made up of a diverse group of people with a blend of skills, experience, and expertise to meet future challenges and opportunities. With this in mind we are seeking three potential new Trustees.

We are particularly interested in individuals who bring experience from farming or land management, land ownership, conservation science, marketing or technology; across digital and social media. We are also open to broader skills and experience and encourage you to explore the details if you have an interest in supporting us.

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Dundee Project Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,986 – £25,500
  • Dundee (flexible)
  • Closing 3rd September 2021

This rare opportunity will see you working in one of Scotland’s most dynamic cities, Dundee. RSPB Scotland are looking to engage with the people who live and work in Dundee on exploring how to save nature together. This varied and exciting position is the first step of our journey in the city and has lots of scopes to be shaped by you.

What’s the role about?

With climate and biodiversity in crisis, the environment needs our help more than ever. The importance of bringing people closer to nature has arguably never been greater and we’re looking for someone to explore what matters to the people of Dundee and to make important connections.

We want to be part of a diverse, people-powered movement to take long-lasting action for nature and Dundee provides an opportunity to achieve this alongside others.

To achieve this, you will be part of the city, building relationships with the people who live and work thereby having conversations and listening to people about their experiences and what matters to them. This will be achieved through direct engagement via a variety of communication methods and you will be responsible for planning, developing and delivering this programme.

We want RSPB Scotland’s future in Dundee to be relevant, innovative and collaboratively designed but first we have to understand what is happening in Dundee now. You will spend time exploring and reporting on existing initiatives and projects, scoping multi-sector partnership working opportunities and assess and communicate on where we can add value to existing work by other organisations.

Through this project, you will begin to identify new strands of work and opportunities for RSPB Scotland and will work closely with the Senior Conservation Officer on making recommendations to inform the next stage of the project.

There are already a number of successful and innovative environmental initiatives across the city and the need for meaningful collaborative environmental action as a force for transformational, positive change has arguably never been greater. The successful candidate will immerse themselves in this environment as RSPB Scotland’s representative in the city.

We want a creative, passionate individual to drive our work in Dundee, bringing energy, fresh ideas and problem-solving skills. This exciting position is the first step on RSPB Scotland’s journey in Dundee and has lots of scope to be shaped by you. If this sounds like the role for you, then we’d love to hear from you.

This post is managed by the Senior Conservation Officer covering Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, and Tayside. The Project Officer will also be supported by the Engagement team based in Edinburgh and the Giving Nature a Home Glasgow team as necessary.

The base location for this role is flexible and can be home-based. The successful candidate will however need to be able to and travel within Dundee frequently and regularly liaise with communities and organisations based there.

What we need from you?

As Project Officer in Dundee, you will lead on all agreed project outcomes and work independently to drive forward our aspiration in a professional and enthusiastic manner. Therefore, you will have:

• Excellent verbal communications skills; being able to passionately communicate about your work in a credible manner

• An ability to produce clear written communications in the form of reports and articles

• Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to find creative solutions

• Experience of developing and working in partnerships

• Proven time management and organisational skills

• Interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively engage with and enthuse a wide range of people

• The ability to work under your own initiative and adapt to changing circumstances

• The ability to work well as part of a cross-functional team

• Competent IT skills (e.g. Microsoft Office)

• Energy and passion

• As this role involves request travel - Access to transport is important

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Fundraising Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,986 – £25,500
  • RSPB Scotland - HQ
  • Closing 18th April 2021

RSPB is the largest nature conservation charity in Europe, with over one million members. We work to achieve a better world for both nature and people, where biodiversity loss has halted, and human actions ensure the sustainable management of the planet’s natural resources. Extensive research programmes ensure that sound scientific knowledge underpins our work. We provide opportunities for people to enjoy and learn about the natural world and for young people to develop an understanding of environmental issues and wildlife.

RSPB Scotland manages 80 nature reserves from Shetland in the north to the Mull of Galloway in the south. We collaborate with other organisations to deliver a wide range of projects and activities both on and off our nature reserves.

What does the role involve?

RSPB Scotland’s Funding Development team is based at our Scottish HQ in Edinburgh. We raise money for conservation, education, advocacy and other activities taking place across Scotland from a range of sources including grant funders, corporate businesses, individuals and communities.

The focus of this role will be to secure grants from funders including charitable trusts, the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, Peatland Action and the National Lottery. This involves:

  • Researching and identifying potential funding opportunities and matching these to agreed priority work on our nature reserves, projects and core work
  • Developing relationships with funders to understand their objectives and deadlines
  • Writing grant applications and collating relevant financial information
  • Liaising with colleagues across the country to gather relevant and accurate information for funding applications and other communication requirements
  • Reporting to funders and gathering invoices and evidence for grant claims
  • Accurately recording income on a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
  • Communicating with project partners and other charities to share knowledge and experiences

What We Need From You:

We need someone who is highly organised, has good attention to detail and can work calmly to tight deadlines. You would be part of a four person grants team and a wider eleven-person Funding Development team. A friendly, positive attitude and willingness to collaborate within the team and adapt to changing priorities is required. Experience of grant fundraising would be advantageous.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Persuasive and succinct writing skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Awareness of, and interest in, the challenges facing the natural world
  • Ability to develop good working relationships with colleagues and funders
  • Relevant professional writing experience or educated to degree level
  • English and Mathematics GCSE/Standard Grade
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