Project Officer

National Trust

Stafford, Staffordshire
£16,641 pa

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC84130

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 26th August 2019   1 day left

Fixed Term p/t (22.5 hrs pw to 30/06/20)


We are looking for a Project Officer with experience in nature conservation development projects to help us deliver a number of exciting conservation projects in line with the National Trust's Land, Outdoors and Nature strategy. This role will also lead on developing mitigation plans for the Trent and Sow HS2 Landscape Group, working with other partners in the group as well as local stakeholders.

Please note we are advertising this role between £27,735 - £29,505 dependent on experience.

What it's like to work here

Home to the Anson family since 1624, the Shugborough Estate is the complete working estate. The estate includes a Georgian mansion house with magnificent views over the riverside garden terraces, Grade 1 listed parkland, walled garden and working farm. More recently, Shugborough was the home of Patrick Lichfield, photographer and cousin to the Queen, and features in much of his work.

What you'll be doing

This role will be leading for the development of Shugborough’s plans to deliver the National Trust’s ‘Land, Outdoors and Nature’ conservation strategy. You will be responsible for securing the external and internal stakeholder support to ensure Shugborough plays its part in delivering ‘bigger, better and more joined up’ habitats in the wider landscape or Cannock Chase and its surrounds. This means developing deliverable plans for habitat creation and restoration, whilst taking a holistic approach by balancing the needs of historic environment, landscape, biodiversity and public enjoyment.

Who we're looking for

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

  • Excellent knowledge of stakeholder management processes and practices including techniques to influence and negotiate at all levels.
  • Proven experience of successful project development and management, including drawing up and managing budgets.
  • Proven record of successful development and implementation of land management/enhancement/restoration proposals, preferably with experience of planning or delivering Wood Pasture, Heathland or Floodplain Meadow Restorations.
  • Excellent People skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally to be built and maintained.
  • The ability to think strategically, balancing competing potential options to develop coherent long term plans.
  • A strong understanding of U.K. habitats and species with preferably a good understanding of at least one of Historic Environment, Landscape, or Outdoor Visitor Businesses.
  • Experience in identifying and obtaining funding through agri-environment schemes and other fundraising bodies.
  • Awareness of the needs of a growing visitor business and an ability to balance those needs with our conservation work.


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, a loan towards rental deposits 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!

To find out more and apply for this role, please click here.

Closing date: August 26th 2019

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