Conservation Officer – Tayside (Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels)

About us:

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas for the benefit of people and wildlife. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities.

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) is a project to deliver the essential protection measures required to secure the long-term future of red squirrels in Scotland and to ensure that systems are put in place to continue the delivery of these measures over the long term by working with other agencies with a stake in native species conservation and invasive non-native species management.

The successful candidate will:

Lead on the implementation in Tayside of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Transition Project in accordance with the SSRS project plan to:

  • Protect red squirrels within, and to the north of, the Highland Line priority landscape across Tayside and Scottish landscapes to the north from replacement by grey squirrels and from squirrelpox disease.
  • To inspire people to value their local red squirrels and the wider natural heritage.

Main Objectives include: 

  • Plan and lead the delivery of strategic grey squirrel control work within and above the Highland Linewithin Tayside, the project’s priority area, to create an integrated grey squirrel control network as outlined in the SSRS project plan.
  • Line manage and support four seasonal Grey Squirrel Control Officers to carry out effective grey
    squirrel control in the project’s priority area and carry out the annual recruitment of the seasonal grey squirrel control staff.
  • Implement and further develop engagement to encourage and support a network of land managers and communities to engage actively in red squirrel protection and monitoring work in strategic areas of Tayside.
  • Promote the recording of squirrel distribution records in Tayside; check and verify records reported onthe SSRS online squirrel reporting page or oversee volunteer checking and verification of the sightings records.
  • Help to collect, maintain, and report the information required for reporting on project performance to the Trust, funders and partners.

How to Apply

Visit our website for more information and to apply.

If you would like more information, please phone 0131312 4718 or email

This is a fixed term position until March 2024.

Please mention when applying for this job!

Key Information


£24,670.65 per annum


Scottish Wildlife Trust


Fixed Term


Full Time


Entry Level, Graduate


Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Environment


Blairgowrie, Tayside – home-working possible; anticipated office relocation, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

15th August 2022 at 12:00am