Biodiversity Defender (Project Officer)

Role Overview

Part Time

Home based / Esgair Arth

Are you ready to dive into one of the most exhilarating projects to hit the UK? Upstream Thinking to Manage INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species) is not just any project—it’s a thrilling extension of The Wild Service Trees in Wales Project! We’re on the lookout for a Biodiversity Defender, an Invasive Species Slayer, a Project Officer bursting with passion and enthusiasm! We need someone who’s eager to make a tangible difference to biodiversity in Wales and safeguard the precious natural heritage of Ceredigion. While experience in the environmental sector and project management is a plus, it isn’t a fundamental requirement. What we truly value is your unwavering love for the great outdoors, your eagerness to collaborate with industry-leading professionals in the sector, and your commitment to engaging with local communities.

If the above information has your attention, this might just be the perfect opportunity for you!…

Closing date: 23/06/2024

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It would be amazing if you have

If you think you can lead this ambitious and exciting project we’d love to hear from you. It doesn’t matter what point in your career you are at, what school you went to, whether you have a degree or not, we want exceptional people with a desire to make a difference.


  • Passionate about the environment and achieving a real impact. Our commitment to the environment is unwavering and guides us in every decision we make. It is the driving force that propels us forward. We are looking for that same commitment in you.
  • Knowledge of INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species)


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to support relationship building throughout Ceredigion and beyond. A Welsh speaker would be desirable but not essential.
  • Focused on finding pragmatic solutions and rolling sleeves up to solve problems. Enthusiastic with a proactive personality and a ‘can do’ approach.
  • Collaborative and keen to contribute to the growth and development of the project as a whole
  • Proactive, hardworking, dedicated, and self-motivated
  • Committed to working outdoors (throughout the year) across varied terrain


  • A passion for adventure, getting into nature, and happy to commit time away with the team for incredible experiences.
  • And let’s be honest, you have to be really nice too. Sharing snacks on long walks or a packed lunch whist out in the rain is mandatory!

What we’d love you to do

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Project Delivery: With support from our existing Estate Manager, you will take charge of implementing the management plan aimed at managing and eradicating Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) within designated sites, with a focus on Coed Allt Craigh Arth SSSI.

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Stakeholder Engagement: This approach will not work without the support of leading research organisations and the collaboration of neighbouring landowners. The successful applicant will build strategic relationships so that we can work collaboratively to tackle INNS.

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Environmental Protection: Work diligently to protect native biodiversity by combating INNS such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, and Rhododendron, which pose significant threats to the unique and rare species found in Ceredigion.

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Monitoring and Reporting: Regularly monitor the progress of INNS management efforts and prepare comprehensive reports on project activities, outcomes, and challenges encountered.

What you need to be awesome

Each role is different. Your location may be different. Your needs might be different. We will work with you to create a role and package that allows you to be incredible. The below details what every role will include, and what we feel every company should provide.

Your resource pack
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    Your Working Environment

    Most of our roles, unless site specific allow you the freedom to work from anywhere in the country, should you need help with this we too will be there to support.

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    Best Teammates

    We always want to ensure every member of the team has the right support needed. We are a tight knit team, always sharing, meeting and working together. Although we work remotely from one another the culture we have shaped allows you to never feel alone.

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    Do What You Love

    If you bring a passion for conservation and a care for the environment, we’ll support you to create your dream role.

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    Tools to Perform

    We will ensure you are provided with the equipment you need to be incredible in your role.

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Our interview process - what to expect

We hire people that are the best at what they do. And just as important as it is to discover if you're a good fit for us, you need to determine if we are a good fit for you.


This is the first step to becoming part of the team. Simply click the ‘Apply Now’ button to complete our application form, and show us how awesome you are!

CV’s are needed, but on their own we don’t feel they tell us enough about who you really are. So, we have listed just a couple of questions to allow us to learn more about you.

2Opportunity to Shine

If your application is successful a member (or two) of the team will have an introductory call with you, to answer any initial questions you may have. After which, if successful, we will set an exciting role-specific challenge for you to complete in advance of your interview. An opportunity for us to see you shine.


We hate for this part to be too corporate and regimented. Instead, we will have a relaxed conversation to get to know one another, an opportunity to ask questions and learn more.

We recognise that this process is two way and that you will be interviewing us perhaps even more than we will be interviewing you – we promise that it won’t be a dull process.


We will invite you to meet more of the team so you and them can explore the realities of being a part of Oxygen Conservation. If our passion for what we do aligns with yours and we think you’ll be a great addition, we will invite you to join our growing team. If you love what you’ve learnt we hope you will accept, to be a part of our mission to Scale Conservation.