Conservation Officer – Magilligan and Ballykinler

Conservation Officer 

Role: Conservation Officer – Magilligan and Ballykinler 

Salary: £29,160 (Pro rata for part-time hours) Access to employer’s contributory pension scheme - maximum 8% per annum.

Hours: Part-time hours – 22.5 hours per week.

Location: Ulster Wildlife Offices, 10 Heron Road, Belfast, BT3 9LE.  There will be regular travel to both conservation sites. A hybrid working arrangement is in place with some days working at the office required. 

Contract: Fixed term to 31 March 2027, with potential for renewal subject to funding.  This post is subject to a 6-month probationary period.

Leave: 24 days per annum (pro rata) plus 12 days statutory holidays (pro rata) rising to 26 days following three years’ service.

Reporting to: Nature Reserves Manager in Ulster Wildlife and Ecologist in Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Pre-employment Checks: Security Checks will be required.  Successful applicant will be required to sign the Official Secrets Act (1989).

Other benefits: Health cash-back plan, flexi-time system and onsite parking.

To work in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in successfully delivering a programme of conservation action on MOD lands at Magilligan SAC and Murlough SAC (Ballykinler) to achieve favourable condition status on both sites. The officer will be employed by Ulster Wildlife in partnership with the Ministry of Defence.

The post holder will work on the two principle MOD training areas in Northern Ireland and they will work closely with staff from Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to deliver their work. DIO has responsibility for the management of property and infrastructure across the Defence Estate. This includes delivering government policies for nature conservation, heritage, public access and other elements of rural estate management. 

When operating on MOD sites the post holder will be required to conform to DIO processes, operating procedures and security protocols. The successful applicant will require security clearance before taking up the post and this will be arranged by DIO.   

The post is funded by MOD and Department of the Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs through the Environment Fund.

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