Job vacancy: Hen Harrier Nest Protection Officer x 4

The RSPB is recruiting for four hen harrier nest protection officers in England this spring.

These are temporary, seasonal jobs and you’ll need to be flexible about location because it all depends on where the hen harriers are allowed to settle and breed – most likely in Northumberland, Cumbria or Lancashire according to the RSPB’s job advert.

[Photo by Laurie Campbell]

Basically the job is round-the-clock nest protection, to give the breeding harriers the best chance of success.

Why do they need this level of protection in the 21st century? Here’s a big clue.

Full details of these vacancies and how to apply can be found here


9 thoughts on “Job vacancy: Hen Harrier Nest Protection Officer x 4”

  1. If only I were younger, even the hourly wage wouldn’t be a deterrent :)

    Good luck to the project, even more to the poor Hen Harriers and other illegally persecuted wildlife, the victims in this ‘war’ for the uplands :)

  2. When the economic ‘benefits’ of grouse shooting are researched I don’t suppose there’s any calculation of the additional jobs created in this work, or the work of civilian and police investigators. There must be several FTE jobs in grouse shooting investigations. I’m only slightly surprised the grouse lobby haven’t picked up on this when extolling the economic benifits of their blood sport.

  3. In the job vacancy details the RSPB states that “In the past the nest protection posts have been based in some of the most exciting areas in England for upland wildlife. The calls and songs of ring ouzels, cuckoos, whinchats and red grouse will be a frequent background to the focus of the work”. That would tell me that the grouse moors are great places for wildlife. Would that be due to the way the moors are managed? Seems ironic that nest protection has to be carried out in on land managed for grouse, which is also great for wildlife.

    1. No, it’s because the locations are remote and free of constant disturbance caused by people and dogs. Where I live, early morning Ring Ouzel song rapidly turns into near continuous alarm calls and chiding as dog walkers and mountaineers ascend to the crags. Pretty much the same applies to local Winchats. It is very rare that a dog will be leashed, despite all the polite notices to keep them on leash between April and September.

      1. I agree with you Gerard. The problem with remoteness is that persecution can go on without immediate consequences. Wouldn’t it be great if the moors could be managed for wildlife and flood prevention without having all the killing attached. Dream on eh………

  4. Forgetting that many wildlife abusing landowners refuse access to conservationists. And the fact that their hired thugs also attack nests/adults on nearby nature reserves and other areas which don’t host shoots.

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