Wildlife Adviser

National Trust

Exeter, Devon
£40,071 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC79899

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 2nd September 2019   7 days left

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw to 30/09/21)


We are looking for a suitably experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic person to join us for two years as a lead adviser on nature conservation. Focussing primarily on our properties in Devon, you will provide support and expertise in all aspects of nature conservation, driving high standards across our estates. The primary focus of your work will be to help deliver the objectives within our 2025 Strategy to restore a healthy, beautiful natural environment. You will need a strong ecological background, experience of habitat restoration and creation, and an ability to focus on delivery through working as an internal consultant with a wide range of colleagues.

What it's like to work here

We are offering an exciting role where you can make a positive difference to some of our 50,000 hectares of land in South West England. You will be working mainly in Devon where our estates include extensive rugged coastal land in South Hams, Atlantic oak woodlands and moorland within the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and large areas of lowland farmland, such as on the Killerton Estate near Exeter, that have good opportunity for enhancement for wildlife.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary internal consultancy that is home to specialists in every field of our work. This diversity and quality of expertise enables our properties to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking as well as deep knowledge in all matters related to our twin purposes of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes and making these accessible to all.

What you'll be doing

You will be providing consultancy advice and support to our properties on all aspects of nature conservation with a particular focus on:

  • Improving the condition of our SSSIs and other important wildlife habitats;
  • Creation of new areas of high quality wildlife habitat;
  • Supporting our Farm Advisers in the provision of advice on improving our farmland for wildlife;

Key aspects of the role will include;

  • Working with property and consultancy colleagues to find innovative ways of improving our land for nature within the context of multi-disciplinary sustainable land management objectives;
  • Contributing to the professional development of property colleagues through the sharing of knowledge and skills in wildlife conservation;
  • Helping to track progress towards our ambition to improve our land for nature;
  • Working with colleagues to promote inspirational access and engagement with nature and living with environmental change;
  • Acting strategically, sharing expertise and working collaboratively with a wide range of organisations and agencies.

Who we're looking for

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

  • In depth knowledge of nature conservation including understanding of external issues, legislation, policy and guidance;
  • Extensive and demonstrable expertise in habitat conservation, restoration and creation;
  • The skills needed to carry out and commission surveys, monitoring and other studies needed to inform land management for nature, and to translate survey, monitoring and research data into management guidance;
  • Consulting skills of listening, building trust and acting to deliver high quality service;
  • Good inter-personnel skills including negotiating and influencing, an ability to inspire and engage others and a team working ethic;
  • Strong coaching, training, mentoring and facilitation skills;
  • Project management skills including an ability to engage with and contribute to multiple projects in a timely way.


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!

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Closing date: September 2nd 2019

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