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Pool Frog Recovery Project Assistant

Pool Frog Recovery Project Officer

Pool Frog Recovery Project Manager


Pool Frog Recovery Project Assistant

Salary: £19,000 pro rata, plus pension

Hours: Part-time, 0.6 FTE (3 days per week)

Contract: Fixed term contract for 6 months starting 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible after this date

Location: Home-based, within easy reach of the Thetford (Norfolk) area

Reporting to: Pool Frog Recovery Project Manager, ARC (currently being recruited)

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) seeks an ecologist to help deliver an exciting new project, “Recovering the pool frog, England’s rarest amphibian”. Thanks to a substantial award from Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, ARC is initiating this project to enhance the conservation status of the pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) in England. The pool frog is currently found at only two sites in Norfolk, having been reintroduced from Sweden after going extinct in the 1990s. This new project will include habitat restoration, captive rearing, monitoring, volunteer engagement, communications, and planning future pool frog reintroductions. It will involve working with a wide range of partners, including regulators, landowners, volunteers and researchers.

The Pool Frog Recovery Project Assistant post requires some understanding of nature conservation. It would especially suit (but is not restricted to) someone looking to start a career in nature conservation. Experience with amphibians, especially some captive management experience, is desirable but not essential; training will be provided. This post focuses on the captive rearing element of the project. The post-holder will be required to work with the Project Officer to maintain captive pool frogs for reintroduction, kept under strictly monitored conditions. A high attention to detail and welfare is necessary. The post will also involve a small amount of field survey of pool frogs in the wild. The post will involve working on some evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

The post will be home-based, and the post-holder will be expected to either live in or be able to travel regularly to the Thetford (Norfolk) area for meetings, captive management and fieldwork, so own transport is necessary. Most days will be spent attending captive management facilities near Thetford, and some administration will be done from home. Home working expenses will be paid, and IT equipment will be provided as necessary.

The main duties are as follows:

  • Delivering elements of the “Recovering the pool frog, England’s rarest amphibian” project, focusing on captive management of pool frogs.
  • Reporting on progress internally to ARC.
  • Working closely with the Pool Frog Recovery Project Manager and Pool Frog Recovery Project Officer.

Note: because this post involves captive management and field surveys for legally protected amphibians for which there are particular concerns over pathogen risks, the post would not suit someone who currently keeps non-native amphibians at home, unless they are willing to comply with strict biosecurity protocols.

How to apply: For further information please download the Job Description and Person Specification below.

Please email a covering letter explaining your interest in the role and how you meet the person specification, plus a completed application form to Angela Reynolds at [email protected]  

Closing date: 12.00 midday on Thursday 21 January 2021.

Interviews date: held online in the week commencing 1 February 2021.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jim Foster ([email protected]).

Useful documents:

Job Description and Person Specification (PDF)

Application Form (Word Document)

Equal Opportunities Policy (PDF)

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Pool Frog Recovery Project Officer

Salary: £22,000 plus pension

Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week,

Contract: Fixed term contract for 9 months starting 1 March 2021 or as soon as possible after this date

Location: Home-based, within easy reach of the Thetford (Norfolk) area

Reporting to: Pool Frog Recovery Project Manager, ARC (currently being recruited)

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) seeks an ecologist to help deliver an exciting new project, “Recovering the pool frog, England’s rarest amphibian”. Thanks to a substantial award from Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, ARC is initiating this project to enhance the conservation status of the pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) in England. The pool frog is currently found at only two sites in Norfolk, having been reintroduced from Sweden after going extinct in the 1990s. This new project will include habitat restoration, captive rearing, monitoring, volunteer engagement, communications, and planning future pool frog reintroductions. It will involve working with a wide range of partners, including regulators, landowners, volunteers and researchers.

The Pool Frog Recovery Project Officer post requires some experience with nature conservation, and would especially suit (but is not restricted to) a recent graduate. Experience with amphibians, especially some captive management experience, is desirable but not essential; training will be provided. An understanding of broader UK nature conservation issues is essential.

The post will in particular involve capture and captive rearing of pool frogs under strictly controlled conditions. This task will be shared with the part-time Project Assistant post.

The post will be home-based, and the post-holder will be expected to either live in or be able to travel regularly to the Thetford (Norfolk) area for meetings, captive management and fieldwork, so own transport is necessary. Some travel will be required within the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire area. Travel expenses and home working expenses will be paid, and IT equipment will be provided.

The main duties are as follows:

  • Delivering elements of the “Recovering the pool frog, England’s rarest amphibian” project, focusing on captive management of pool frogs, field surveys for pool frogs, volunteer engagement, and assisting with wider communications.
  • Reporting on progress internally to ARC.
  • Assisting with project evaluation.
  • Working closely with the Pool Frog Recovery Project Manager and Pool Frog Recovery Project Assistant.

Note: because this post involves captive management and field surveys for legally protected amphibians for which there are particular concerns over pathogen risks, the post would not suit someone who currently keeps non-native amphibians at home, unless they are willing to comply with strict biosecurity protocols.

How to apply: For further information please download the Job Description and Person Specification below.

Please email a covering letter explaining your interest in the role and how you meet the person specification, plus a completed application form to Angela Reynolds at [email protected]  

Closing date: 12.00 midday on Thursday 21 January 2021.

Interviews date: held online in the week commencing 1 February 2021.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jim Foster ([email protected]).

Useful documents:

Job Description and Person Specification (PDF)

Application Form (Word Document)

Equal Opportunities Policy (PDF)

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Pool Frog Recovery Project Manager

 Salary: £27,500 plus pension

Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week,

Contact: Fixed term contract starting as soon as possible and ending 31 March 2022, with possibility of extension subject to funding

Location: Home-based, within easy reach of the Thetford (Norfolk) area

Reporting to: Conservation Director, ARC

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) seeks an experienced ecologist to manage an exciting new project, “Recovering the pool frog, England’s rarest amphibian”. Thanks to a substantial award from Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, ARC is initiating this project to enhance the conservation status of the pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) in England. The pool frog is currently found at only two sites in Norfolk, having been reintroduced from Sweden after going extinct in the 1990s. This new project will include habitat restoration, captive rearing, monitoring, volunteer engagement, communications, and planning future pool frog reintroductions. It will involve working with a wide range of partners, including regulators, landowners, volunteers and researchers. The post requires an understanding of amphibian conservation as well as project management. The post requires a considerable amount of planning, reporting and financial management, as well as line managing two seasonal posts (Project Officer and Project Assistant, in post for approximately 9 and 6 months respectively.)

The post will be home-based, and the post-holder will be expected to either live in or be able to travel regularly to the Thetford (Norfolk) area for meetings and fieldwork, so own transport is necessary. Some travel will be required within the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire area, and occasional visits to ARC’s offices in Surrey and Dorset. Travel expenses and home working expenses will be paid, and IT equipment will be provided.

The main duties are as follows:

  • Planning and reporting on project progress internally to ARC and to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).
  • Overseeing the project budget and risk register.
  • Establishing project evaluation methods.
  • Delivering major elements of the project directly, including: leading on captive rearing, monitoring, volunteer engagement, habitat restoration, communications, future reintroduction planning including up-scaling production of pool frog stock and liaison with landowners.
  • Line managing a Project Officer and Project Assistant to deliver, or assist with delivery of, certain elements of the project, focusing on monitoring, captive rearing, and volunteer engagement.

Note: because this post involves captive management and field surveys for legally protected amphibians for which there are particular concerns over pathogen risks, the post would not suit someone who currently keeps non-native amphibians at home, unless they are willing to comply with strict biosecurity protocols.

How to apply: For further information please download the Job Description and Person Specification below.

Please email a covering letter explaining your interest in the role and how you meet the person specification, plus a completed application form to Angela Reynolds at [email protected]  

Closing date: 12.00 midday on Thursday 21 January 2021.

Interviews date: held online in the week commencing 1 February 2021.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jim Foster ([email protected]).

Useful documents:

Job Description and Person Specification (PDF)

Application Form (Word Document)

Equal Opportunities Policy (PDF)

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