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UK Squirrel Accord RFS representative

The RFS is seeking a volunteer from its membership to represent the Society on the UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) knowledge exhange and woodland management sub-committee.

The UKSA's role is a UK-wide partnership of 37 leading conservation and forestry organisations, Government agencies and companies, with links to voluntary red squirrel conservation groups. UKSA works collaboratively to preserve the UK’s wooded landscapes and associated biodiversity under the following aims to: 

      • Secure and expand UK red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, populations beyond current thresholds
      • Ensure UK woodlands flourish and deliver multiple benefits for future generations of wildlife and people

The objectives of the UKSA knowledge exchange and woodland management sub-committee (KEWM) are to:

  • Develop and support dissemination of UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) relevant advice and guidance for key target audiences.
  • Collate, analyse and disseminate feedback on suitable traps
  • Engage with forestry stakeholders to raise awareness of the oral fertility control vaccine project
  •  Develop best practice for red squirrel conservation and grey squirrel control.
  • In 2020, the International Year of Tree Health, work to raise awareness of the impacts of grey squirrels on tree health, including helping to organise a series of events.

The RFS volunteer representative is expected to engage in the work of the sub-committee, represent the interests of woodland owners, attend committee meetings (up to 4 a year) in person or by phone and keep the RFS Chief Executive informed, seeking guidance and providing feedback on a regular basis.

the RFS will reimburse travel expenses associated with this role at the prevailing rates.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Applications for this role should be sent by email to Simon Lloyd (simon.lloyd@rfs.org.uk).
  • Applications should include a brief CV and covering letter/email stating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.
  • If you wish to explore the opportunity in more detail please call Simon Lloyd at the RFS HQ on 01295 678588.
  • The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.
  • Short listed candidates will be invited to interview.