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Title

Uist Wader Project Fieldworker

Posted
Reference 063 026  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location
Town/City Uist
Salary Additional Information £7.50 per hour (subject to review) + enhancement for evening work
Salary Range 10,000 - 19,999
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 23/01/2009
Company Name Scottish Natural Heritage
Contact Name Gwen Evans
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Description
To carry out capture work of hedgehogs as part of a larger project to reverse the declines in the internationally important populations of breeding waders.
UWP is a partnership of SNH, RSPB Scotland and Scottish Government, formed in response to significant declines in the populations of the internationally important breeding wading birds. Extensive research determined that the major factor in these declines is the introduced hedgehog.

Key Responsibilities:

• Fieldworkers will have the highest level of personal responsibility for the welfare of trapped animals.
• Fieldworkers will also be required to maintain a high level of personal responsibility to the Uist Wader Project as a whole.
• Fieldworkers are required to maintain the highest levels of personal responsibility for their own and others health and safety.
• Conduct daytime live trapping and occasional night-time spot-lamp searches.
• The fieldwork is physically demanding requiring staff to walk trapping and lamping routes over rough terrain, in all weather conditions.
• Ensure that all trapping and spot lamping is carried out in accordance with agreed welfare and legal protocols.
• Trapping involves lone working. All staff must strictly adhere to all Project Health and Safety procedures at all times.
• Proven ability regarding careful and accurate record keeping.
• The post will involve working variable and unsociable (night time) hours. The work will consist primarily of daytime trapping though some lamping at night may be required.
• To record contact with officials and the public in relation to this work.
• Fieldworkers will be expected to assist daily with other tasks as required such as cleaning and maintenance of all equipment, to ensure smooth running of the fieldwork.
• Fieldwork will take place primarily on Benbecula with limited work on North and South Uist.
• SNH vehicles are used to transport staff to the start of routes.
• Fieldworkers will operate as a team, supervised by Senior Fieldworkers.
• Fieldworkers will be expected to demonstrate the safe use of air pistols.
• Clear communication using VHS radios is vital for ensuring the health and safety of fieldworkers.
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