Curlew Champion (CC)

Curlew Conservation Programme: Seasonal Contracts 2020

The Eurasian Curlew is of serious conservation concern. There now remains less than 150 pairs in the Republic of Ireland; a 96% decline since 1990. Breeding productivity is so low that population viability analysis predicts that in the absence of any action, the Curlew will go extinct as a breeding species in Ireland within 5-10 years. To address this, the Curlew Conservation Programme was established in 2017, with Curlew Action Teams (CATs) based locally, working with local communities and landowners to assist Curlew breeding efforts. In 2020, this will progress as a partnership between the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine.

Curlew Champion (CC)


In order to promote the Curlew Conservation Programme locally and to engender local support for the project, the services of a local Curlew Champion will be engaged. This person will ideally be known to people in local area and will ideally have associations with the farming community; given farmers are the main stakeholders with whom the project will work. The Curlew Champion will build a positive profile for the project and animate local actors to take a proactive part in reporting Curlew locations and engage on measures to help breeding Curlews. The local Curlew Champion will also be responsible for assisting the Curlew Advisory Officer in survey work and is naturally required to document and report any Curlew activity reported or found locally. The Curlew Champion will be central to gaining the support of local people to enable a smooth operation of the scheme, including building relations between project personnel (including the local Curlew Advisory Officer, Curlew Nest Protection Officer and Curlew Action Team Assistant) and local people.


Lough Ree

North Co. Roscommon / East Co. Mayo

North Co. Monaghan

Sliabh Aughty Mountains (Co. Clare and Co. Galway)

Slieve Blooms (Co. Laois) and Co. Kildare


Starting Friday 20 March 2020, the primary focus of the Curlew Champion will be to form close relationships between the local community, Curlews and the Curlew Conservation Programme. 

Category / Curlew Champion Focus

Team and community liaison

Forming close working relationships with project personnel, NPWS and landowners. 

Disseminating information

Discussing various matters in relation to the efforts underway with locals, with a particular focus on delivering results for Curlew and passing on recommendations for wider roll-out of conservation efforts

Public Awareness and Media

Attending relevant meetings (e.g. farmer / agricultural planner meetings) and events (e.g. local shows/festivals).

Undertaking at least one local radio interview in Spring 2019 and one local newspaper article in Spring 2019 (any press related material should be approved in advance by NPWS/DCHG). Establishing a local event for World Curlew Day 21 April 2019.

Assisting in smooth running of programme locally

Improving the collaborative approach and efficacy of effort by the project and landowners 

Bringing issues and proposed solutions brought to attention at the earliest opportunity

Building profile of programme  and Curlew

Building a positive profile for the Curlew and the NPWS Curlew Conservation Programme among landowners and local community 


Providing information (through talks and information material) to at least five national schools and one secondary school (ideally to 5th/6th year students) locally 

Engraining an understanding among local landowners and community of the project and why it is of benefit to engage proactively for Curlew conservation efforts locally


Working closely with the Curlew Advisory Officer on survey work 

Equipment and Logistics

The local Curlew Champion shall use their own transport, etc. and this will be taken from the overall contract amount.

Selection of Curlew Champions

A tender evaluation committee shall select one Curlew Champion for each area as advertised. In their tender, applicants are advised to clearly outline their costs, experience and expertise, in accordance with the application form found in Appendix 2. The following marking criteria shall be applied in the evaluation of tenders:

Cost: 400 marks 

Experience: 400 marks (minimum required 200 marks)

Qualifications appropriate to the position: 200 marks (minimum required 100 marks)

To apply please download and complete the attached application form and post it to Agri-Ecology Unit, National Parks & Wildlife Service, 3rd Floor, Custom House, Galway or email it to - 

All applications must be received no later than 5pm on Thursday 20 February 2020. 

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