QLPS Wildlife Officer

Somerset Council

Nether Stowey, Somerset
£26,421 - £29,777 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 19th April 2024   2 days left

Some key information

  • The QLPS is based out of the Thomas Poole library in Nether Stowey. We have regular weekly office-based days together but otherwise staff normally work from home when not delivering activities or working on site. Office space is always available if required, however.
  • 28 days leave + bank holidays
  • Fixed term contract until 31/03/2025

What will I be doing?

The QLPS is a Lottery funded project working across and around the Quantock Hills National Landscape, part of the Quantock Hills NL team. Our work is important, but we all muck in and have fun working together to deliver it. The QLPS has more than 20 areas of work, including working with a wide range of disadvantaged individuals and communities and an extensive engagement programme for the general public. We’re a small team of six, spanning community engagement, archaeology and historic heritage, and wildlife specialisms, plus an apprentice.

Make sure you check out the full job description via the link below, and you can find out more about the QLPS at qlps.org

We’re working so hard to build a sustainable organisation with a culture that rewards, values and recognises our staff, and gives everyone here the opportunity to grow and develop, personally and professionally.

You’ll be instrumental in helping to deliver our busy habitat management, events and activities programme throughout the final year of the QLPS.

  • You’ll be inheriting an established conservation work programme, focused on practical habitat (mostly woodland) management and a range of biological surveys, as well as the unfolding events programme.
  • As part of our outreach programme, you will be working with a wide range of people and groups, currently including economically disadvantaged local families and young people, members of the local West African, Bulgarian, and Ukrainian communities, young LGBTQ+ people, and people recovering from mental health difficulties. Plus of course our amazing volunteers and loads of other people who just love the Quantocks!

What kind of experience or qualifications do I need?

We offer ongoing support, training and guidance to help you be the best you can be. But it will really help if you:

  • Degree in a related subject AND / OR equivalent experience
  • Good working knowledge of British wildlife and nature conservation
  • Practical habitat management experience
  • Some experience of field survey and biodiversity data management
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook)
  • Knowledge of relevant health & safety, working with contractors and volunteers’
  • Good written and in-person communication skills
  • A creative approach to events and activities (we do a lot of hands-on crafting).

We’re proud to be here for the people of Somerset. And that means everyone in Somerset. An important part of this is ensuring that we are as diverse and inclusive as the people and communities we serve.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich our team. You can always contact the hiring manager for a chat if there’s anything you want to talk about before you apply.

What's in it for me?

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset.

We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more

Anything else I should know?

When completing your application/CV please provide your full employment history and ensure that any gaps in employment are explained. Please start with your current or most recent employment.

The salary range for this role is £26,421 to £29,777 per annum.

For further information about this role, please contact: Bill Jenman, Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager; [email protected] 07811308846

Closing date: 19th April 2024, Midnight

Interviews are scheduled for 29th April 2024

If you have all the information you need, just hit the apply button - we can’t wait to hear from you.

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