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Conservation Project Assistant

Are you interested in delivering evidence-based conservation? Do you want to further your career working in one of the UK’s leading Universities and with the region's key environmental stakeholders?

Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services at great economic cost. Our project is looking at slowing the spread of INNS by working with environment organisations to develop good biosecurity. We are looking for a Project Assistant to help consolidate the work achieved with partners so far and to follow up with new partners. You will work with our senior conservation officer and with environmental partner organisations to help them identify key invasion risks and pathways, develop effective and pragmatic biosecurity practices and deliver resources and training to slow the spread of invasive species. The post provides a great opportunity to work with a range of partner organisations (members of the Yorkshire Dales Biosecurity & INNS Steering Group) helping them to embed biosecurity into their systems and working practices.

The Partners are a diverse range of organisations with a footprint in the Yorkshire Dales area and a common concern about INNS and non-native wildlife diseases. They include The Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Water, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Ribble Rivers Trust, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, and the National Trust. Work with some of the partners has already progressed and moving forward, it is expected that the majority of the Project Assistant’s time will be spent working with the final four organisations: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Ribble Rivers Trust, Natural England and the National Trust. However, there will still be a requirement to work with all partners to review the success/uptake or otherwise of the approaches agreed, and share lessons, best practice and outputs across the group.

You will be work with key contacts and staff within the partner organisations to help them identify which of their operations and activities could pose a risk of spreading INNS and/or disease, and develop practical, tailored measures to mitigate this risk.

You will also assist the Partner organisations to disseminate best practice and outputs developed to both their stakeholders and peers in similar organisations, and will disseminate the results/outputs of the project to relevant audiences both within Yorkshire and across the UK.

Please note that there is no fixed base for this position; your week will be split between the University of Leeds (2-3 days per week), the offices of the Yorkshire Dales National Parks Authority and other partner organisations in Yorkshire (predominantly the Yorkshire Dales). You will also be required to travel regularly between Yorkshire based sites and occasionally, some nationally based sites.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Alison Dunn, Reader in Evolutionary Ecology

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2856; email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biology
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 5
Salary:  £22,659 to £26,243 p.a.
Due to funding limitations, an appointment cannot be made above £22,659
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months - due to external funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 06 November 2018
Closing Date:  Monday 26 November 2018
Reference:  FBSBY1094
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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