Island Restoration Project Officer


The project is focussed in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where you will support an
eradication project to restore a suite of three islands home to an important seabird colony and
globally significant plant life. You will also support the RSPB’s Seabird Islands Restoration
Project, reviewing and updating key documentation including the UK Rodent Eradication Best
Practice Toolkit and developing a project SharePoint site. This is a UK-based fixed-term post,
funded primarily through the UK Government’s Darwin Plus initiative. 

What’s the role about?

Invasive non-native species are one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity, most
notably on islands. The RSPB has an ambitious programme of island restoration work, both in the
UK and the UK Overseas Territories.

Great & Little Tobago Islands are uninhabited National Park islands internationally
recognised for their biodiversity value. Their diverse and endemic floral habitats are highly
threatened by feral goat grazing and competition from invasive non-native plants. This
partnership-based project will pioneer the combined removal of all feral goats and emergent
invasive plants from both islands, enabling their ecosystems to recover, increasing their
climate resilience and developing local plant eradication capacity. 

Your methodical approach to project management and attention to detail will ensure the
successful implementation of key activities pursuant to the restoration of this globally
significant island chain in the BVI. Your collaborative style will help facilitate knowledge
transfer to support the projects, and your clear and concise technical writing ability will
support clear internal and external communications.

As Island Restoration Project Officer, you will have a unique opportunity to support the RSPB’s
island restoration ambitions both in the UK and Overseas, primarily through supporting the
delivery of this multi-species eradication project.

This post will be line managed by the RSPB’s Caribbean Territories Programme Manager and will
also work closely with the RSPB’s Senior Island Restoration Specialist.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • A sound understanding of conservation challenges on islands
  • Experience of project management or project support
  • Competent IT user (e.g. Microsoft software packages, Outlook etc).
  • The ability to communicate about the project in a passionate and credible manner and to
    produce clear written communications.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to find creative solutions.
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Proven time management and organisational skills.
  • Attention to detail, particularly in report writing 
  • Working with project teams and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work well as part of a cross-functional project team and to prioritise a
    workload with competing deadlines.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Understanding of ‘theory of change’ and adaptive management
  • Practical experience of island restoration
  • Experience of working with contractors
  • Experience of producing written materials, newsletters and similar project related
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and working in partnerships to achieve shared
  • Experience of developing and applying effective monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Experience developing SharePoint sites, though training can be given if necessary

This is a Fixed-Term contract for 12 months, Full-Time role for 37.5 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.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 8th May 2023. For
further information please contact [email protected] 

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

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 eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship.

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