New non-native species job: Bisoecurity Advisor - Turks & Caicos Islands

21 August 2020

New non-native species job: Bisoecurity Advisor - Turks & Caicos Islands
Want to help protect some of the most threatened reptiles on the planet and safeguard unique pockets of paradise? Keen to mentor and build the capacity of others? Would you be happy to be based in the Turks & Caicos Islands for two years? If so, this could be the job for you.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate person to drive forwards a collaborative multi-sector partnership in the Turks & Caicos Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. You will oversee and deliver conservation action to protect some of the most pristine patches of natural habitat left in the region - the homes of the Critically Endangered Turks & Caicos rock iguana.

This exciting role is externally-funded through the Darwin Plus Initiative project: 'Strengthening biosecurity to protect Turks & Caicos' Iguana Islands'. The successful candidate will be embedded in our partner organisation, the Turks & Caicos National Trust.

Invasive non-native species are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories; and biosecurity controls that minimise the risk of new arrivals are the most effective way of reducing this threat. Focussing on protecting the Turks & Caicos rock iguana, you will be working to mitigate the impact of invasive non-native vertebrates and uncontrolled tourism across 11 islands; spanning three national parks and three privately-owned islands. With a background in invasive non-native species management, you will strengthen biosecurity capacity across the Turks & Caicos Islands through developing and delivering a biosecurity training programme, recruiting and training a volunteer network whilst ensuring regular biosecurity checks are completed, newly arrived invasive species are responded to, and the resulting data are well managed.

As a natural communicator and problem-solver, you will find the challenge of establishing the first attempt at holistic management for invasive vertebrates for the region an exciting and rewarding role.

Deadline for applications is 25 September 2020.

For more information on this role and how to apply, please head to the RSPB website:

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