Curlew Advisory Officer


The Curlew Advisory Officers (CAO) should have a strong scientific/ecology background and have excellent interpersonal skills. The role of the CAO will be to survey for Curlews (in association with the Curlew Champion and volunteers where applicable) and engage local people on conservation efforts (namely through the NPWS Curlew Conservation Partnership. The CAO will be tasked with feeding back information to the Agri-Ecology Unit in terms of administration and technical matters. A detailed description of the tasks is provided below:



Starting Tuesday 20 March 2018, the primary focus of the CAO shall be to provide ecological guidance on measures to be rolled out in their region as well as engaging on and overseeing actual implementation of measures. This advice shall be shared with local landowners, the Curlew Nest Protection Officer, the local Curlew Champion, Curlew Action Team Assistant, local NPWS Personnel and other relevant parties. There will be an important element of public outreach to build a positive profile for Curlews in the regions and to engage locals, particularly landowners with Curlew, in efforts to secure the future of Curlews in their area. The CAO will be the link between measures on the ground and the Agri-Ecology Unit of NPWS who will be assimilating the experiences from the Curlew conservation areas, to inform the best approaches to Curlew conservation.

Category Curlew Advisory Officer Focus
Surveys and nest finding Surveying sites for Curlew occupancy 
Finding nests to enable conservation action
Advice on Curlew conservation measures The Curlew Advisory Officer shall direct where measures are to be undertaken, using the budget available and with the consent of local landowners. The main elements are the erection of nest protection fences, predator control and the enhancement of habitat through capital works. Formal (e.g. demonstration/best practice management events) and informal (one-to-one) training and guidance shall be given to landowners involved in the scheme.
Local leadership and administration 

Directing the efforts of Nest Protection Officer and Curlew Champion (and CAT assistant where relevant)

As regards administration, the Curlew Advisory Officer will :-
-sign farmers up to the Curlew Conservation Partnership;
-draw up a simple management plan with participants; 
 -record landowner effort (in terms of actions and hours) on a weekly basis, and will certify that landowners have engaged to a requisite standard in order to draw down reimbursement.

The CAO will also engage with the Curlew Nest Protection Officer and will record their weekly effort and results

Ecological recording The Curlew Advisory Officer shall document in their region all locations where Curlew are feeding and nesting. This shall require appropriate survey design and techniques and use of standard recording forms. Relationships should be built locally with landowners and others, including Curlew Nest Protection Officer, local Curlew Champion, NPWS personnel, etc. A high quality report is expected at the end of the field season.
Interface with Curlew Researcher The Curlew Advisory Officer shall provide all relevant information, including survey data to the Curlew Researcher, via the Agri-Ecology Unit of NPWS. The Curlew Advisory Officer shall be available to show the Curlew researcher any relevant locations on the ground, whether conservation efforts, nesting or foraging locations, etc. and to introduce the Curlew Researcher to local landowners involved with the Curlew Conservation Partnership
Liaison with project manager/local advisor/NPWS personnel The Curlew Advisory Officer will report directly to the project manager in Agri-Ecology Unit. In the case of any companies securing contracts, the CAO must still report directly to the project manager in Agri-Ecology Unit. Positive and proactive engagement with landowners, regional NPWS staff and other project operatives is a requirement of the post
Liaison with landowners and public Explaining the purpose of the Curlew conservation efforts, gaining access to lands, being courteous and respectful, operating in a non-intrusive way and building a positive profile in the local area are all requirements of the post

Equipment and Logistics

The local Curlew Champion shall use their own vehicle/diesel, etc. and this will be taken from the overall contract amount.

Selection of Curlew Advisory Officers

A tender evaluation committee shall select one Curlew Advisory Officer for each area as advertised. In their tender, applicants are advised to clearly outline their costs, experience and expertise, in accordance with the application form found in Appendix 2. The following marking criteria shall be applied in the evaluation of tenders:

Criterion Marks
Cost 400
Experience 400 (minimum required 200)
Qualifications appropriate to the position 200 (minimum required 100)