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Job Opportunity ACRES West Connacht Administrative Officer

Wetland Surveys Ireland in partnership with The Pearl Mussel Project have been contracted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine to operate the ACRES West Connacht Co-operation Projects that are being established as part of Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan.

We are currently seeking candidate for the position of Administrative Officer.

As a key members of the overall project team, the office administrator will support the delivery of the ACRES West Connacht goals and objectives.

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Job OpportunitiesACRES - West Connacht Co-operation Projects Recruitment of Six Project Officers (agri-environmental)

Wetland Surveys Ireland in partnership with The Pearl Mussel Project have been contracted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine to operate two of the eight Co-operation Projects that are being established as part of Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan.

We are currently recruiting six project officers to work as part of the project team. Project officers will play a key role in delivering this new results-based agri-environmental scheme where farmers will be rewarded and incentivised to provide positive environmental outcomes throughout the high nature value landscapes of West Connacht.

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Job Opportunity - Catchment Officer 2022

PMP 2022 Job Advert

Job Opportunity in Connemara and South Mayo Area
Catchment Officer (Agri-environmental)

Employer: The Pearl Mussel Project Limited

Location: South Mayo/Connemara

Job type: 2 Year fixed term contract, full time

Salary: €40,000 / annum (excl. travel expenses)

Closing date: 08/06/2022

Suitable applicants will be shortlisted for interview on 16th and 17th June with a view to the successful applicant commencing work on 4th July 2022

Role / Position: The Pearl Mussel Project is a locally led European Innovation Partnership (EIP) jointly funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which has developed a voluntary results-based agri-environmental scheme for farmers within eight priority catchments. The overall aim of the five year programme (currently in year 4) is to promote farm management tailored to maintaining and improving the local environment with a view to securing the long-term conservation of freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in Ireland. We are currently working with over 470 farmers across our eight priority freshwater pearl mussel river catchments.

We are now recruiting a catchment officer with an agri-environmental background for our North-west Catchments (in Connemara, Mayo and Donegal). The successful applicant will work as a key member of the project team and will report to the Project Manager. The role will require the successful candidate to work remotely and to travel between the four catchments in the north-west on a regular basis. The successful applicant will be expected to work from a home office.

Main duties and responsibilities

·       Main point of contact between farmers and the project team;

·       Continual liaison with the farming community in four of the project catchments (Owenriff, Co Galway; Dawros, Co Galway, Bundorragha, Co Mayo, and Glaskeelan, Co Donegal);

·       Provide agri-environmental advice and support to participant farmers during the scheme;

·       Liaise with and provide support to farm advisors working on the Programme as required;

·       Contribute to the development of guidance documents and training material;

·       Assist with delivery of training to farmers and farm advisors;

·       Planning, coordinating and conducting monitoring surveys and fieldwork;

·       Organise and partake in outreach events such as school visits;

·       Liaise and work closely with the wider project team; and

·       Prepare and contribute to reports when required;

·       Prepare and contribute to reports when required; and

·       Work closely with the upcoming South Mayo Cooperation Project team.

Qualifications and experience required

The ideal candidate would have the following knowledge, experience, and attributes:

·       A degree in agriculture, ecology, or related discipline;

·       Minimum two years relevant work experience in the agricultural / environmental sectors;

·       Knowledge and awareness of agri-environmental schemes such as REPS, GLAS, Hen Harrier Programme, Burren Programme, etc;

·       Strong knowledge of farmland habitats (peatland & grassland) and their indicator species;

·       Experience in the preparation and monitoring of farm plans;

·       An ability to identify issues at a farm level that pose a threat to freshwater pearl mussel, and identify solutions which give due consideration to the environment and farm operations;

·       Excellent communication skills and a strong attention to detail;

·       Self-motivated and have a proven ability to work under their own initiative;

·       Have a positive, enthusiastic, pragmatic, solution driven, and flexible approach to work;

·       A willingness to actively participate as part of a wider multidisciplinary team;

·       An ability to manage their own workload, ensuring that work is carried out on schedule;

·       A full clean driver’s licence and own transport;

·       Good computer skills particularly in the use of Microsoft Office software;

·       Knowledge and experience of results-based schemes would be an advantage; and

·       Experience of using ESRI ArcGIS or other data management software would be an advantage.

How to apply:

Send cover letter, CV, and two referees by Wednesday 08th June to:

Dr Patrick Crushell
Project Manager
The Pearl Mussel Project Ltd
Bell Height
Kenmare
County Kerry

Tel: 064 6642524

E-mail: patrick@pmproject.ie  Web: PearlMusselProject.ie

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Pearl Mussel Project Newsletter: Issue 5

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March 2022: The Pearl Mussel Project have produced a short farm newsletter with information on some of the latest developments within the programme, including: programme update, a study by Poppy Overy on the  co-benefits of biodiversity and hydrological intergrity using beetles as case study on farmland in the programme, a profile of Joanne Materson one our farm advisors, an introduction to the new Bundorragha catchment Rhododendron Control Project with which PMP is partnering, news on the latest developments in PMPs Education programme, and news on PMP and the new CAP.

Download your copy of Pearl Mussel Project News, Issue 5 here

We hope to produce further issues of Pearl Mussel Project News during the programme. So check in again to see the latest programme developments.

If you would like to submit an article, photograph or item for inclusion in the newsletter which relates the programme email Mary McAndrew at mary@pmproject.ie

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Pearl Mussel Project Newsletter: Issue 4

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November 2021: The Pearl Mussel Project have produced a short farm newsletter with information on some of the latest developments within the programme, including: farmer training & payment, expansion of the scheme in the north-west through the Wild Atlantic Nature LIFE project, a report by Michel Chapman PMP Assistant Catchment Officer on his work, a research study by Verena Berard on farmer preceptions of results based schemes, and a profile of Joanne Hamilton one our farm advisors. 

Download your copy of Pearl Mussel Project News, Issue 4 here

We hope to produce further issues of Pearl Mussel Project News during the programme. So check in again to see the latest programme developments.

If you would like to submit an article, photograph or item for inclusion in the newsletter which relates the programme email Mary McAndrew at mary@pmproject.ie

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PMP Fertiliser & Slurry Guidance published

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Following on from recent reports of high algae content and high ammonia levels causing distress to Pearl Mussels in some of our catchments, the PMP team have designed a Best Practice guidance leaflet for slurry and fertiliser application.

These leaflets will be distributed to all PMP participants over the course of the summer at our farmer training events. We hope this will enable us to have open discussions with farmers on best practice and help come up with practical solutions for individual farms.

We are also delighted to be launching our environmental workshops this summer, these are a pilot measure within the programme targeting specific issues within a catchment and helping aid discussion and knowledge transfer with the farmers.

The Fertiliser & Slurry Guidance Leaflet PDF can be downloaded here.

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New PMP Assistant Catchment Officer appointed in the SW

Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman PMPs newest Team member joined as Assistant Catchment Officer in the SW last week. 

Michael graduated as a Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist from the Institute of Technology Tralee/ Munster Technological University in 2020. Since graduating he has worked within the Environmental Consultancy sector and has particular experience in relation to water quality and aquatic ecology. Coming from rural Tipperary, Michael has a keen interest in biodiversity and sustainable land use/farming. 

Having recently joined the Pearl Mussel Project Team, he is looking forward to working closely with the local farming community and assisting in achieving the programmes objectives.

Freshwater Pearl Mussel Education Pack 2 - Biodiversity

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PMP have launched the second in their series of education resource packs for primary school children (bit.ly/pmpeducationpack2). This new education pack is focused on the theme of biodiversity, and follows on from the first education pack that looked at the Freshwater Pearl Mussel.

The biodiversity education pack includes an on-line story map, where students can learn more about biodiversity, ecosystems, ecosystem services, and the importance of protecting biodiversity.

The biodiversity story map is complimented by an activity pack containing a series of activity sheets which teachers or students can download here.

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What a difference a year (and a bit) makes...

Bundorragha recovery

Mary McAndrew was out in the Bundorragha this week to assess our pilot blanket bog restoration site in the catchment to see what effects the removal of sheep grazing was having on this blanket bog. 

The pictures say it all... the surface of the bog has mostly recovered and revegetated and bare peat areas significantly reduced in extent. Bare peat areas are liable to erosion during wet weather which can result in peat silt being washed into the river where Freshwater Pearl Mussel occur. It looks like this threat has been significantly reduced from this site thanks to the help from local farmers.

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Temporary Agri-environmental Position with the Pearl Mussel Project

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Job Title: Assistant Catchment Officer (Ecology / Agriculture)

Details: The Pearl Mussel Project is looking to recruit a temporary assistant catchment officer to work on our locally led results-based agri-environmental scheme for farmers (further info: pearlmusselproject.ie). The role will be based out of our Kerry office (Kenmare). The work will require a high proportion of time spent out of the office, working in four of our project catchments in south Kerry and west Cork. The position would suit a recent ecology or agricultural graduate. Training will be provided.

Salary: Equivalent of €25,000 per annum, plus travel and subsistence expenses. 

Term of Employment: 6 Months, commencing April 2021

Minimum requirements:

  • Degree in ecology or agriculture (or related discipline)
  • Full clean driving license
  • Self-motivated, with a proven ability to work under your own initiative
  • Have a positive and flexible approach to work

The following experience would be an advantage:

  • Knowledge and awareness of agri-environmental schemes
  • Knowledge of farmland habitats (peatland & grassland) and their indicator species
  • Understanding of the environmental requirements of Freshwater Pearl Mussel

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with habitat assessments and farm scoring
  • Verifying implementation of farm measures
  • Provide advice to farmers on implementing farm measures (under instruction from the Catchment Officer)
  • Assist with training of farmers and farm advisors
  • Assist with monitoring of environmental targets (terrestrial and aquatic)
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Catchment Officer or Project Manager

How to apply:

Send cover letter, CV, and names of two referees by Friday 16th April to stephen@pmproject.ie

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