Biosecurity Team Leader

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An exciting opportunity to lead our Biosecurity Team, making a direct impact for nature. The Incursion Response Team are responsible for protecting our most important seabird islands by reacting to, and removing, reported invasion of species.

You will be completing regular training ‘drills’ on Rapid Incursion Response Methods as well as Rodenticide training to maintain your skills. You will be deployed at short notice on islands where an incursion has occurred to survey the land, collect data and manage the incursion appropriately. You will be working alongside RSPB staff and leading volunteers as a team leader, as well as working with the island communities.

By being part of this vital team you will be helping to save some of our most iconic seabirds including Storm petrels and Puffins in some of the most spectacular locations in the UK. You will gain valuable experience and high-level training in implementation of incursion response measures in the event of rats being detected on the islands. You will meet and work with other passionate volunteers and staff that are experts in the biosecurity field and have deep knowledge of sea birds.

Organisation aims and objectives

RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the UK charity that speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing - help us to keep it that way


Experience required: - A good understanding and previous experience of island biosecurity/rat eradication work. follow the procedures required for the removal of rats and learn the necessary monitoring skills required. - attend regular training. - Administration, IT and communication skills - Ability to identify the Health and Safety requirements of the project and communicate these to the wider volunteer team. - Work as part of a team - Be flexible and adaptable to change - Have a friendly disposition
Travel details: On seabird SPAs in Shetland – Mousa, Noss, Fetlar, Fair Isle, Foula, and Papa Stour. There is no need to be resident on these islands to volunteer as accommodation arrangements will be made in the case of an incursion.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes