RSPB • Shetland Office

Peatland Project Manager - Shetlands (Fixed-Term)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £28420 - £31529 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join RSPB Shetland to continue working on our ambitious peatland restoration work. RSPB manage considerable areas of peatland, across the island of Yell, and we plan to restore all of this land holding for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Vast swathes of important peatland habitats cover the uplands of Shetland. Supporting many special species of upland wading birds, such as Golden Plover, Whimbrel and Curlew these important areas need to be protected and improved. These peatland areas also hold a huge amount of carbon and preventing this from releasing into the atmosphere is a key climate change prevention action.

The role will lead on delivering a basic community/ stakeholders consultation to ensure all are engaged and their views are incorporated into project plans. This will be delivered largely through the production of a management plan summary.

This role will be responsible for leading on the application process for peatland restoration funding streams- integral for delivering the restoration plans.

Whilst managing a Field Officer, the role will work to coordinate survey information to ensure criteria of funding schemes, Peatland Code and Peatland Action, are met and that all practical work is done to the required specification.

This role will help to successfully raise income from the carbon market to maintain restored peatlands and help address the issues facing the climate and biodiversity. In short, translating innovative green finance mechanisms into reality.

This post will be based at the RSPB Shetland, Sumburgh Head office. There will be the option to work blended as part of this role, a mixture of working from the office, working in the field and working from home. Field work may be required in sometimes challenging conditions.

What does this role look like?

• Developing detailed funding applications including costing up projects
• Managing the tender process to appoint skilled contractors for the delivery of the restoration work
• Utilising existing completed ground assessments to form restoration plans
• Occasional recording of peat depth data and mapping in the field
• Compile site-based restoration plans
• Project design (inc. GIS and drone work)
• Emissions and additionality calculators
• Risk Assessment Matrix
• Stakeholder analysis and consultation
• Delivering a basic community consultation through management plan summary

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

• Knowledge of the theory and practice of project management
• Knowledge of working in designated and sensitive habitats
• Demonstrable leadership ability, able to lead without line management authority
• Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to find creative solutions
• Able to work under pressure and adapt to changing circumstances
• The ability to clearly communicate verbally to groups in a passionate and credible manner
• Proven time management and organisational skills
• Ability to work alongside multiple teams and stakeholders
• Competent IT user, including the use of Microsoft Office and GIS software
• Experience of producing clear reports, newsletters and similar communications

Desirable skills, knowledge, and experience:

• Knowledge of peatland wildlife ecology and habitat requirements
• Experience of line managing staff
• Organising training events, workshops or facilitated discussions and meetings
• Experience of working with contractors
• Cost and budget management experience
• Experience of delivering projects

This is a Fixed-Term, Full-Time contract for 3 years. 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.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 6th February 2023. For further information please contact kevin.kelly@rspb.org.uk

As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

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 eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship. Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

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