Airfield Wildlife Control Operator - Baines Simmons
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Airfield Wildlife Control Operator


Airfield Wildlife Control Operator

We are looking for a part-time Airfield Wildlife Control Operator to join our RAF Brize Norton site. If you are flexible, have a driving licence and shooting experience and are not afraid of lone working and shifts, this may be the role for you.  If you like aircraft, even better!

This role is annualised hours of 1,040pa, which equates to an average of 20 Hours per week, but this is to cover leave and sickness so hours can vary considerably from week to week.  Some weeks there will be higher output, some will be zero output.  Whatever hours you work week to week, you will still be paid for 20 hours and if you go over the annualised hours before the year ends, you will of course be remunerated for these extra hours also.  You will receive a rota at least a month in advice to allow you to plan, so this role would suit someone who is flexible and is looking for just part time work, or someone who is able to fit other commitments around the hours we would need you for.

Shifts will either be Days 08:00 – 18:00 (10 Hours) or nights 18:00 – 08:00 (14 Hours) – although night shifts are very quiet.  They are on-call shift through the hours of darkness where 2 hourly sweeps only are required.

Flexibility is key really for this role.  The hourly rate is £9.30 per hour.

 About the role

Wildlife, particularly birds, pose a high risk to air safety, especially during critical points of flight, take-off and landing. The purpose of the Airfield Wildlife Control Operator (AWCO) is to eliminate the presence of birds and other wildlife on the airfield, reducing the risk to all aircraft. Wildlife is naturally attracted to the airfield due to several factors, the primary being the abundance of food.

Equipped with a 4×4 vehicle, bioacoustics, pyrotechnics and (when all else fails) an air rifle or shotgun, you will deter the wildlife from settling on the airfield and encourage all bird populations to stay well clear. The entire operation is carried out within the strict guidelines of Natural England, the Police and Local Airfield Management.

You will record all movements and activities in a digital watch log, with all lethally controlled animals dispatched under licence as a last resort to preserve the safety of aircraft.

 What we are looking for:

To be considered for this position, you must be colour perception safe, hold a valid UK driving licence and be able to apply and maintain security clearance – this involves considerable financial and criminal record vetting. You will also:

– Ideally live within a maximum of a 45 minute drive from RAF Brize Norton

– Have considerable shooting experience

– Ideally hold a shotgun and/ or firearms certificates or be able to obtain one from your local police authority if successful

– Be happy to work autonomously for long periods of time with nothing but your vehicle and your hand-held radio for company

– Be fine to use technology – a tablet in order to record findings and Wats App to communicate with your team members – or a willingness to learn

– Be fine with working outside in all weathers

– be able to think on your feet and cope with pressure as it arises

If you are a keen photographer, this is also an advantage as it could be useful in documentation.

This role would suit someone who is fairly active outside of work, likes their own company, is flexible and supportive with a team ethos and who has recent shooting experience (from game keeping, pest control, clay / pigeon shooting, military service etc.).

To apply, please submit your CV and any supporting information to before 3 September 2021.

Closing Date: 03/09/2021