Senior Reserves Manager

The Wildlife Trust BCN

£31,316 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01604 405285 Matt Jackson

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Saturday, 20th April 2019   1 day left

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire is looking for a Senior Reserves Manager to co-ordinate the management of our nature reserves for wildlife and people in Northamptonshire. Experienced in managing staff engaged in practical work, contractor management, and people engagement, the successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to work efficiently, making decisions based on sound science and careful planning.

At the heart of England, the importance of Northamptonshire for wildlife has been increasingly recognised in recent years, most notably with the designation of significant areas of the Nene Valley as a Special Protection Area (SPA). The Wildlife Trust manages three major sections of the SPA, ancient woodlands in the Rockingham Forest, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest across the County. We are also developing a new, 80ha wet grassland nature reserve linked to development in the West of the County.

You will take the day-to-day lead in the management and development of the Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves in Northamptonshire in accordance with the Trust’s development plan and policies, and all statutory and funder obligations.

Working closely with the Conservation Manager and other senior staff of the Trust, you will assist in identifying potential new reserves, reserve extensions and linkages, innovative sources of funding and creative forms of communication and interpretation to help realise our evolving ambitions to generate Living Landscapes for wildlife and people.

You will ensure high quality habitat management and visitor infrastructure continue to be delivered on our nature reserves by our reserves team. This will involve working with the Grazing Manager to deploy livestock across the county. The Senior Reserves Manager is responsible for a team of 11 staff, with 5 direct reports. The post holder will be required to plan and evaluate management, co-ordinate with the monitoring and recording team, manage a delegated budget, contribute to applying for funding applications and the delivery of agri-environment grants, and work on community engagement and interpretation.

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