Delivery Officer - Shifting Sands: Securing a Place in the Brecks Project

Natural England

Norwich preferred, with some option for home/multibase working
£24,720 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Catherine.whitehead@naturalengland.org.uk 02080264932 Catherine Whitehead

Reference: 2433

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 21st July 2019   3 days left


Shifting Sands – Securing a Future for the Brecks” is a component project of the national Back From the Brink Programme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). It is working to improve the fortunes of fourteen of the rarest and most threatened species in the Breckland region, under the auspices of the Rethink Nature Partnership of public and non-governmental organisations.

Breckland or ‘the Brecks’ is a biogeographic region spanning the Norfolk-Suffolk border. Its array of designations, including 55 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) attests to its national and international importance to biodiversity. The Shifting Sands project is a partnership of Natural England, the Forestry England, Plantlife, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB, the University of East Anglia, and the Elveden Estate, working within a wider collaboration which includes Butterfly Conservation and Buglife and John Innes Centre. The project is restoring Brecks grass-heath habitats on about thirteen protected sites within Forestry Commission land, farmland and urban areas. The aim is to improve habitat condition to reverse the declines and develop a sustainable future for a number of rare plants, invertebrates and birds while engaging the public, land managers and volunteers. The Delivery Officer will be responsible for delivery of the project objectives in partnership with the project partners and a steering group.

Specifically the responsibilities of the post are to:

  • Manage and integrate the four work-streams of the project: Key-stone species (rabbits); Forest Corridors; Rare plants and beetles; and Outreach.
  • Oversee the workflow of the four work-stream leads who are spread across Natural England, Plantlife and Forestry England
  • Coordinate landowners and partners to plan and deliver a programme of capital works, species and habitats monitoring, plant reintroductions and outreach events in accordance with partner agreements. This involves ensuring all associated permissions, consents, licenses, archaeological assessments and risk assessments are in place.
  • Plan and deliver the outreach programme of events aimed at the general public, existing and potential volunteers and land managers with support from the Keystone Species Officer.
  • Produce specifications for procuring additional external assistance and contract work and help to oversee onsite work
  • Manage the overall budget allocation and cash flows; prepare and submit quarterly finance reports with required evidence
  • Manage the overall progress and risk reporting; prepare and submit quarterly progress reports with required evidence. Effectively communicate project results and success within and outside of the partnership, in accordance with project objectives and funders requirements, helping to transfer advice and best practice across partners
  • Ensure all records of works, evidence of expenditure and timesheets are collated and maintained in compliance with funder’s requirements and for audit trail.
  • Working with external consultancies and the national Back from the Brink team, lead on the evaluation of species-related outcomes and people and community-related outcomes
  • Work with Defra and Back from the Brink Communications staff to plan and deliver external communications (press, TV, social media), for the project and as it fits into the overarching plan of the Back from the Brink programme
  • Work with partners and in-house support staff on a data storage strategy that collates and shares species and habitat data from across work-streams, taxa and sites.
  • Working with staff in the national Back from the brink team, plan and deliver end-of-project events and reports (internal and external) and legacy
  • Complete site-specific management plans to ensure ongoing appropriate management after project closure
  • Organise and chair biannual partnership meetings and monthly partnership calls

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