Oxford Swift City Urban Nature Caseworker

Wednesday 31 January 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Letter writing and campaigning
At home

What we're looking for

Swifts are fantastic, highly visible, charismatic and yet deeply mysterious birds that nest right alongside us in our homes and work places. They should be an indelible feature of blue English summer skies, but they need our help - they are now on the Amber list of birds of conservation concern following a decline of 51% between 1995 and 2015. House sparrows and starlings too are in steep decline and are now on the red list. We are looking for local volunteers who can check local planning applications for building projects (e.g. new housing, urban redevelopment schemes, new public buildings) that could offer opportunities to incorporate nesting spaces (external or internal nest boxes) for urban birds like swifts and house sparrows and opportunities to provide new or enhanced green spaces to benefit urban nature. You will then respond positively to consultations, encouraging the local planning authority to press for inclusion of these enhancements in the process of granting permission.

The skills you need

It is essential that you: - Have an obvious interest in and enthusiasm for saving swifts and other urban nature - Have excellent face to face, telephone and email communication skills, and "salesmanship", able to enthuse partners and property managers to plan positively for urban nature - Like working independently - Have access to the Internet, email and IT skills with (for example) Microsoft Office or similar Preferably, you will also have experience of the English planning system and/or construction industry.

Your time

Approx one day per month (flexible)
All year round

What's in it for you?

You will receive training and support to carry out the role and gain skills relating to planning casework and become part of a growing community of people working to help swifts in Oxford. There is an opportunity to grow and develop the role over time to include other urban wildlife, or to include advising developers on the ground. This role can be flexible to suit around work or other commitments. Based at home, you can do the majority of this work "out of hours", providing you have access to the internet.

How to apply


Emily Seccombe, Midlands Regional Office
Tel: 0121 262 6800
Email: Emily.Seccombe@RSPB.ORG.UK


We would reimburse your out-of-pocket travel expenses, up to 25 miles radius, (though this is seen as a local community based role so no significant travelling is envisaged) and provide training and ongoing support in your role.

Reference number 8177