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Orkney Native Wildlife Project - Trapper Job at Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

We are looking for an experienced mammal trapper with excellent organisation and communication skills to help deliver the stoat eradication operation for the Orkney Native Wildlife Project. You will be joining an existing team of trappers and must be able to work in a close-knit team. This is a field-based position and you must be physically fit, able to walk considerable distances up to five days per week and carry heavy loads.

You will be involved in:
- Engaging with landowners to maintain and secure land access agreements across the Orkney Mainland and linked isles.
- Trap deployment and removal
- Checking, cleaning and rebaiting over 6,000 traps on a regular cycle which includes removing catches from traps and disposing of them in line with project protocols.
- Implementing trap and vehicle maintenance schedules.
- Ensuring that all necessary trap field and maintenance data are collected and captured into a database.
- Implementing a stoat monitoring programme for the mop-up phase.

It is desirable that you:
- Are experienced in delivering non-native species eradications on the ground and skilled in the use and maintenance of DOC traps and trail cameras.
- Have knowledge of mustelid biology and behaviour.
- Have practical experience of trapping/tracking mustelids to site traps appropriately.

You will enjoy being outdoors in all kinds of weather and be able to perform a repetitive task to a consistently high standard. You will be a focussed individual with impeccable attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate records. You will be able to identify issues and risks as they emerge and communicate these effectively to your team. You will have the confidence and ability to inspire trust and support for the project, and an ability to win over hearts and minds and motivate people. You will have a full drivers licence. You should also have experience of working with local communities in a collaborative and sensitive way because a key part of your role will be maintaining good relationships with landowners.

There is potential to go on to handle stoat detection dogs as part of the role for which training will be delivered later in the project.
Closing date: 26 October 2020
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Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


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