Conservation, Access and Recreation Officer

Wessex Water

£22,615 - £30,383 dependent on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: REQ002789

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019  

DEPARTMENT Legal and Estates
LOCATION Operations Centre, Bath
STARTING SALARY £22,615 - £30,383 dependent on experience
CATEGORY Fixed term; Secondment
PACKAGE 12 months FTC/secondment, 40 hours

Are you passionate about protecting and enhancing special places to make a positive difference for people and wildlife? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for a conservation, access and recreation (CAR) officer to join our estates team. 

Wessex Water is one of the top performing water and sewerage companies in the UK, serving 2.8 million customers across the south west of England. It is part of the Wessex Water Group which comprises a number of companies alongside our regulated business, including property development, engineering and construction and waste management and renewable energy services. 

We are committed to meeting our responsibilities to conserve and enhance wildlife and heritage, in addition to providing high-quality public access opportunities in our environmentally and archeologically rich region.  

As CAR officer you will assist with managing a diverse portfolio of sites. You will be responsible for the delivery and implementation of capital works at Wessex Water's key visitor and conservation sites to promote and maintain access to land for people of all abilities to experience and enjoy recreational and educational activities. In addition to ensuring visitor safety and an excellent customer experience, you will also ensure compliance with Wessex Water's regulatory duties with regards to protected and priority habitats and species.  

The CAR officer will also assist with surveying, managing and monitoring to conserve and enhance habitats and species of biodiversity importance on our sites. They will also contribute to company reporting targets associated with our Biodiversity Action Plan and annual CAR report. 

The post holder will manage specialist works, prepare tender documents, review contracts and oversee works to completion, ensuring compliance with Wessex Water procurement, purchasing and health and safety policies. 

To be successful in this role, you will hold a degree or similar in biological sciences or environmental management and will have a proven track record of environmental project management experience. A candidate with a good general knowledge of UK biodiversity and heritage is required, and knowledge of protected species legislation would be beneficial. Our CAR officer will be positive and forward thinking, with a flexible approach to problem solving and achieving solutions. Good IT skills, including a knowledge of Arc GIS and Microsoft Excel and Word is essential for this role, as is an ability to deliver projects within a specified budget, both independently and as part of a team.

In return, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Defined contribution pension scheme.
  • 24 days' holiday rising to 28 with length of service.
  • Cycle2Work scheme.
  • Car mileage allowance.
  • Paid volunteering leave.
  • Discounts and cashback scheme from more than 1,200 high street and online suppliers.

Sound interesting? Please apply by clicking here, quoting job reference REQ002789. The closing date is 3 July 2019. For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Tom Reynolds, CAR manager, on 07823 370 739 or

Please remember you must be able to prove your eligibility to work in the UK and provide evidence of qualifications gained. All offers of employment will be subject to a Basic Disclosure Criminal Records check.

We're happy to talk flexible working - in association with Working Families

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