Endemic Plant Coordinator
JOB TITLE: Endemic Plant Coordinator
TEAM: Conservation and Fisheries
REPORTS TO:Conservation Team Leader
To lead on delivery of the Darwin Plus- funded Growing Hope Project that aims to secure the future of Ascension’s endemic plants. This will be achieved through the production of a new Endemic Plant Restoration Plan based on the evidence from past monitoring and restoration work and new monitoring and trials undertaken by the post holder as part of this project.
- Analyse endemic plant census data and the results of past restoration attempts.
- Establish temperature, humidity and light monitoring devices at 24 locations within the distribution of endemic plant species.
- Download and analyse temperature, humidity and light data to infer preferred growing and identify potential restoration sites.
- Conduct restoration trials by planting out target species at sites varying in environmental conditions and monitoring their survival, growth and recruitment.
- Trial and evaluate different methods to alter temperature, light and humidity experienced by plants and to control priority non-native species including mechanical removal and herbicide application.
- Produce draft Endemic Plant Restoration Plan in collaboration with the Steering Group incorporating results of the project analyses.
- Coordinate a public consultation on the draft Restoration Plan through public meetings and press articles on Ascension and distribution via social media.
- Provide secretarial support for the project Steering Group.
- Contribute to the ongoing plant restoration work being undertaken by AIGCFD.
- Assist with outreach events and the creation of public engagement material for local and international audiences.
- To undertake the main duties of the post (detailed above) to the highest possible standard.
- Work closely with other on-Island team members, external project partners and other stakeholders to complete the main duties of the post and develop a sustainable programme of marine research and conservation on Ascension Island.
- To report regularly to the Conservation Team Leader and external partners to ensure that all parties are meeting their targets and goals.
- Write regular articles for local, overseas and peer-reviewed publications.
- Comply with Health and Safety at Work procedures.
- To abide by the AIGCFD data management policy with regards to responsible archiving and documentation of scientific datasets.
- BSc in Biology, Botany, Environmental Science or equivalent vocational experience.
- A sound knowledge of plant conservation and biology including in situ restoration work.
- Proven experience in writing conservation management plans.
- A full driving licence.
- A good level of physical fitness.
- Numerate and computer literate, with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Access, Excel, Word) and ideally GIS.
- Good interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work effectively in a small team.
- Experience of living and working on conservation issues in small and remote communities and/or on small islands and having an appreciation of how they run.
- The successful candidate will be self-motivated, happy working both independently and in a team setting, and willing to sometimes work extended hours (often at weekends) and on projects outside of core duties if required.
- Post-graduate qualification in botany, ecology or plant conservation.
- Experience of plant propagation and cultivation techniques.
- Qualifications in the use of brush cutters and pesticide application.
How to Apply
Please apply via the following link:
Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when applying for this job!
c£13,000 per annum, negotiable on experience, free accommodation, food allowance and other benefits
Ascension Island Government
Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Sustainability
Ascension Island, Saint Helena
14th August 2022 at 12:46pm