National Specialist - Wildlife Management Adviser

National Trust

Swindon
£48,680 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: IRC78981

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 28th April 2019   7 days left


Summary

We are looking for a National Specialist - Wildlife Management to ensure our teams are supported to deal with the difficult and complex issues sometimes raised by the conservation of our special places. You’ll assist teams across the National Trust who are involved with wildlife management, including deer and other wild/feral large herbivores, birds including game birds, fish and other wild species managed for any reason. You’ll establish standards, develop guidance and ensure our teams have access to high quality advice, including the ethical treatment of wildlife.

You'll support the Head of Public Benefit and Nature, at Board and national policy levels, developing strong relationships with external organisations and partnerships, including with animal welfare and wildlife NGOs, research institutes, universities and Research Councils. You'll keep abreast of the latest ideas and work in partnership with others to guide research and develop new techniques. You’ll use this thinking to inform Trust practices.

What it's like to work here

We’re bigger than you think, we’re more complicated than we appear and we’re larger scale than you’d imagine. We’ve got passionate people in all our teams, and we’ve got so much more we want to achieve. We’re for ever, for everyone and we really mean that. We don’t want to stop at 5.5 million members and we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy access to our places, so we need to reach new audiences in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them without losing the hearts and minds of those that are already with us.

Our central head office Heelis, is situated in Swindon, Wiltshire. We're well placed, with ample parking nearby, a shopping outlet with plenty of options for places to eat, and the town centre only a 10 minute walk away. Alternatively you can enjoy our open plan atrium space for lunch times, with our internal cafe available every day.

This is a national role covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There will be a requirement for travel to different places including overnight stays away from home (for which travel and subsistence expenses will be paid). The office location is Swindon.

What you'll be doing

As our Wildlife Management National Specialist, you'll create an organisation-wide approach to wildlife management. You’ll develop our standards and by providing specialist advice you’ll support our property and consultancy teams to manage a wide range of issues. This will include disease in wildlife; management for conservation or animal welfare purposes; and the treatment of game species. A focus will be on setting standards for the management of deer across our historic parks and in the wider countryside. You’ll also support others working on people/wildlife interactions such as recreational disturbance and wildlife in buildings.

You’ll identify the need for additional external expertise or services, including specialist volunteers, contractors, consultants, academic institutions. You’ll assist with their commissioning and supervision, ensuring that resources are used effectively and securing external funding where necessary.

You’ll liaise at a high level with relevant external organisations, develop new relationships and partnerships and will be an advocate of the National Trust's positions.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role, you'll need to have:

  • A passion for nature conservation and expert knowledge of Wildlife Management
  • Excellent external contacts with nature conservation, animal welfare and wildlife management organisations and communities
  • High standard of consulting and influencing skills, listening, understanding people, explaining benefits and changing practice and behaviour
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, speaking to the media, external advocacy
  • Ability to build effective relationships with related professionals, internally and externally
  • Ability to interpret and respond to research, intelligence, analysis and policy developments
  • Ability to train, coach and mentor professionals at a range of levels

The package

Benefits

Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here: www.nationaltrustjobs.org.uk/supporting-you

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

For further information and to apply, please see our website here.

Closing date: 28th April 2019

Interview date 8th May 2019


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