Conservation Officer – Lough Neagh


RSPB Northern Ireland is currently recruiting for a Conservation Officer in the Lough Neagh
area. We are looking for a self-motivated candidate who prides themselves on delivering high
standards. You will have excellent ecological skills and knowledge of wet grassland and raised
bog habitats and their conservation. A background in landscape-scale conservation, farm
advisory, and nature conservation delivery mechanisms is desirable, as is an in-depth knowledge
of breeding waders (curlews, redshanks, lapwings, and snipe), their habitat requirements, and
relevant survey techniques.

About the role:

As part of the Northern Ireland Operations Team, you will deliver a range of work for priority
species and habitats across the Lough Neag landscape. In this varied role, you will directly
advise farmers and land managers, coordinate and undertake surveys, and help deliver
conservation projects to help nature thrive across this priority landscape. This role will sit
within the West NI Area Team and reports to the Conservation Manager. You will have an
important external role, building positive relationships with key partners and stakeholders so
that RSPBs policies and messages are understood and furthered within relevant partnerships.

This is a fantastic opportunity to play your part in delivering RSPB’s conservation work within
a landscape rich in wildlife and important for people. If this sounds like the job for you, we
would love to hear from you!

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing advice, training and information to local communities, landowners, land managers
    and land use advisers on priority species and habitats, in close liaison with other members of
    the Conservation Team
  • Undertaking and overseeing species/habitat surveys and monitoring work on sites to ensure
    delivery of site/s objectives. This includes mapping, and the gathering & management of
    electronic data.
  • Demonstrating best practice in terms of collaboration & communication, working with a
    wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Managing medium and small projects using the RSPB’s Project Management Framework 
  • Supervising contractors to carry out work on sites safely and legally to deliver project
  • Building positive relationships with key decision-makers, external partners and
    stakeholders so that RSPB’s policies and messages are understood and furthered by
    decision-makers and within relevant partnerships and fora.
  • Manage and develop volunteers to ensure the delivery of an ambitious work programme
    maintaining focus on priority species and habitats


  • Career progression opportunities within Europe’s largest conservation charity
  • 34 Days annual leave (Including 8 bank holidays pro rata)
  • Annual volunteer day to spend with whichever charity your choose
  • Flexible working environment
  • Opportunity to work from home or office or hybrid working
  • Pension contribution, matched up to 7%
  • Mileage allowance and or fleet car booking
  • Relocation and interview expenses budget for candidates outside NI
  • Possibility of the post becoming permanent, to discuss at interview

Preferred criteria:

  • Sufficient understanding of species and habitats of Lough Neagh.
  • An understanding of breeding wader ecology.
  • Sufficient knowledge of various agri-environmental schemes for conservation work in Lough
  • Ability to work effectively as a team player internally and in external partnerships.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, and presentational) – including speaking
    confidently and cogently in public to various audiences.
  • Ability to rapidly analyse significant quantities of information, prioritise and balance a
    diverse workload, often to tight deadlines.
  • Experience of negotiating with the public or private sector, to deliver biodiversity
  • Experience of working to survey, protect and/or manage important sites, species or

Additional Information

This is a Full-Time, fixed-term contract for two years – with the possibility of the post
becoming permanent.

For all application enquiries, please get in touch with [email protected]

We are actively recruiting for this role and reserve the right to close this advert at
any time once sufficient applications have been received, so please don’t hesitate to

As part of this application process, you will be asked to complete an application form
including evidence of how you meet the criteria above.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974.

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 on nature’s side and more diverse people. People of
colour and disabled people are underrepresented across the environment, climate,
sustainability, and conservation sectors. 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.

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