Estate Warden

Harewood Estate

West Yorkshire
Competitive

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

ptaylor@harewoodestate.co.uk 01132181221 Philippa Taylor

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 14th October 2018  


Background

The Harewood Estate lies nestled between Leeds and Harrogate, set in the sweeping landscape designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. The Estate covers some 4000 acres and includes a varied mix of habitats ranging from forest, parkland, grassland, arable, waterways and wetlands. The Estate is now looking to employ an Estate Warden to coordinate the various land management works that are undertaken across the Estate.

We are currently undertaking a re-organisation of the existing Estate’s team structure, to allow us to move forward with a more outward facing approach, which will see further diversification of the Estates activity and enhance our environmental credentials. We are now seeking to employ an Estate Warden Manager to coordinate the various land management works that are undertaken across the Estate. This is a rare opportunity to join the Harewood team at an exciting time. The role will appeal to someone who is energetic, ambitious and enjoys a challenge.

Purpose

  • Oversee all practial land management and maintenance works on the Harewood Estate
  • Assist with the development, submission, delivery and reporting for grant applications
  • To ensure we are Health & Safety (H&S) compliant with tree safety and other works along our 15km of public rights of way and along roadsides

Key Tasks

  • To line manage the maintenance team
  • To assist in the development of the Estate’s long-term management plan, including compilation of calendar of weekly, monthly, yearly work plans for different elements of our estate management works
  • To oversee the delivery of maintenance works (e.g. gardening, grass cutting, tree works, road cleaning etc) around our commercial, residential and holiday let property portfolio.
  • To implement the Estate’s 10-year forestry plan, finding and using contractors and consultants as appropriate, while ensuring a light touch approach where needed to protect our Ancient Woodland sites and veteran trees and enhance their biodiversity and amenity values.
  • To develop, implement and monitor a programme of pest control and invasive species management that complements work undertaken at Harewood House Trust.
  • To input to, and oversee where appropriate, the delivery of a range of grant funding applications (e.g. Countryside Stewardship Scheme, Forestry Commission Grants, Water Environment Grants)
  • To oversee a programme of work to improve the water quality and reduce sedimentation of the Stank Beck catchment running through the Estate.
  • To contribute to the management of our increasing rare breed livestock holding (Aberdeen Angus and Highland Cows, Hebridean Sheep) and assist with the development of conservation grazing regimes across our parkland and grasslands.
  • To ensure we are H&S compliant with tree safety and other works along our 15km of public rights of way and along roadsides
  • To assist with the training and supervision of volunteers and work experience students.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of machinery in a safe and efficient condition.
  • To assist in the collection of biological data to include flora and fauna noted on site.

Core Accountabilities

  • Achievement of high standards of cleanliness to the external areas of our commercial, residential and holiday let property portfolio.
  • Organise and effectively utilise staff and contractors, monitoring them to achieve the required standards and efficiency.
  • Follow Company regulations in H&S and maintain a safe working environment, ensuring best practice systems are followed at all times and play an active role in a positive H&S culture among the team
  • To ensure personal standards of presentation, performance and attendance beyond reproach at all times.
  • To operate machinery with proper regard to safety regulations in accordance with H&S procedures. Using all tools safely and correctly and to observe and apply H&S regulations at all times, including daily risk assessments and machinery checks.

Applicant specification:

Essential:

  • Supervisory and management experienced in land management, estate management, forestry, farming or nature reserve industry.
  • Industry recognised qualification (e.g. undergraduate degree or equivalent) in land management, conservation, farming or forestry.
  • Current driving licence and experience of using heavy machinery
  • Certificated training in the use of range of land management machinery and equipment (e.g. tractors, brush cutters, mowers, chainsaw power scythes, etc)
  • Experienced with finding and supervising contractor work
  • Organised, self-starter who thinks on their feet to solve problems and can work under pressure and as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • A sense of humour, a can-do attitude and plenty of energy and stamina.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of relevant policies and procedures relevant to the role, such as contract, H&S, cleanliness practices and waste management
  • Experience of survey methods and techniques used to develop and implement site monitoring programmes

Renumeration:

This is a fulltime position and requires a flexible approach to working hours with shared work at weekends, on statutory holidays and outside normal office hours sometimes being required. Days off in Lieu are provided. This post is offered at a competitive salary.

This Job Description is not exhaustive. You should be aware that you may be required to perform other duties as required.


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