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New non-native species job: Operational manager for the Gough mouse eradication

07 September 2018

New non-native species job: Operational manager for the Gough mouse eradication
The RSPB is seeking an experienced Operational Manager to oversee a mouse eradication attempt on Gough Island; a core part of the RSPB's Gough Island Restoration Programme. The post will be based in their Bedfordshire headquarters, with extended travel to Gough Island.

Gough Island, part of the UK Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha, is a World Heritage Site, and one of the most important seabird islands in the world, with 22 breeding seabird species. The major threat to its biodiversity is the presence of introduced house mice that are preying on the chicks and eggs of endangered species including the Critically Endangered Tristan albatross and Gough bunting. All of Gough's seabirds, and especially those breeding in the winter, are vulnerable to mouse predation, and low breeding success means that most breeding seabird populations are declining, which has a negative impact on the site's importance and value.

Working in partnership with the Tristan da Cunha Island Council, Birdlife South Africa, Island Conservation, and the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa, the RSPB is now planning for the implementation of a mouse eradication operation in the Southern Hemisphere winter of 2020.

About the role
This is an exciting opportunity for a person experienced in the management of pest eradication and/or control projects, ideally involving aerial baiting. The Operational Manager will lead the implementation of the eradication of mice from Gough in 2020. He/she will build on the planning work already carried out and will work with suppliers and operators from New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the USA as well as our partners on Tristan da Cunha. He/she will implement and refine the Gough Island Operational Plan, in agreement with the Programme Manager.

Find out more about the role at http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/job-vacancies/details/458989-gough-island-operational-manager?

Applications are advertised to close on the 21st September but may be extended, contact Clare.Stringer@rspb.org.uk for more information.


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