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Conservation Officer – Coal Spoil Connections

Bug life


Posted over 30 days ago...

Join Buglife Cymru's mission to protect invertebrates as a Conservation Officer and impact biodiversity in the South Wales Valleys


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South Wales Valleys, UK

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In-person- Mountain Ash United Kingdom

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Buglife Cymru, a leading conservation organization dedicated to the survival of invertebrate species, is on the lookout for a passionate and skilled Conservation Officer to spearhead their Coal Spoil Connections project. This role offers the unique opportunity to work on the ground, directly influencing environmental change and invertebrate preservation in the scenic South Wales Valleys.

Role Summary:

  • Conduct extensive invertebrate surveys across various sites.
  • Offer expert habitat management advice to maintain ecological balance.
  • Design and host engaging community events, training sessions, and workshops.
  • Create valuable educational resources to spread awareness.
  • Share project findings through the delivery of a specialized South Wales Coal Spoil conference.

Role Requirements:

  • Demonstrable experience in habitat management and invertebrate identification.
  • Proven track record of community engagement and working with diverse groups.
  • Adept at collaborating with community groups, volunteers, councils, and landowners.
  • Strong ecological knowledge and understanding of conservation challenges.
  • Capability to raise public awareness on conservation/environmental issues.
  • Some botanical knowledge is advantageous.
  • Excellent communication skills for effective knowledge dissemination.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite.
  • Exceptional organization and time management abilities.
  • A valid driver's license is mandatory.

This full-time role is based in Cardiff, offers options for home working, and requires a flexible approach to the working pattern. The contract extends until the end of 2025. Buglife Cymru provides enhanced pension, flexible working, generous annual leave, and a winter break, fostering a supportive and growth-oriented work environment.

Buglife Cymru is seeking to appoint a full-time Conservation Officer to deliver our Coal Spoil Connections project. Working across the South Wales Valleys you will oversee invertebrate surveys, provide habitat management advice, deliver a variety of engagement events, training and workshops, produce educational resources and disseminate project learnings including delivery of a South Wales Coal Spoil conference. We are looking for an engaging and enthusiastic person with invertebrate identification, habitat management and engagement experience to deliver this exciting project. Experience of partnership working involving community groups, volunteers, Councils and landowners is required. Buglife Conservation Officers conserve invertebrates and their habitats by influencing others and by managing and enhancing the environment. Individual work plans are set according to organisational strategy, funds obtained and the skills and aspirations of the individual Conservation Officer. This project is funded by the Nature Networks Programme. It is being delivered by the Heritage Fund, on behalf of the Welsh Government.

Job requirements: - Proven experience at undertaking habitat management projects - Experience of working with landowners, managers and contractors - Good level of ecological knowledge and understanding of conservation issue - Experience of raising public awareness of conservation/environmental issues - Some botanical knowledge - Experience of engaging volunteers and local communities in species-focused projects - Experience of working in partnership with other organisations, including volunteers, landowners and contractors - Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report-writing - Good computer skills, including use of internet, email, Microsoft Office and Excel - Excellent organisational skills, including time management - Full, current driving license.

This is a full-time, fixed term contract until 31 December 2025. You will be based at our Cardiff office in St. Mellons, although some home working will be possible. A flexible approach to the working pattern will be considered for the successful candidate.

About us: Buglife’s aim is to halt the extinction of invertebrate species and to achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates. We are working hard to achieve this through: - Promoting the environmental importance of invertebrates and raising awareness about the challenges to their survival. - Assisting in the development of legislation and policy that will ensure the conservation of invertebrates. - Developing and disseminating knowledge about how to conserve invertebrates. - Encouraging and supporting invertebrate conservation initiatives by other organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide. - Undertaking practical conservation projects that will contribute to achieving our aim.

Benefits: Buglife offer a benefits package including, Enhanced Pension, Flexible Working, 23 days annual leave (rising to 28 after 3 years service) in addition to winter close between Christmas and New Year.


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