Conservation and Landscape Manager

Cholmondeley Estates

South Cheshire
£30,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01829720203 James Hall

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Friday, 3rd January 2020  

A new position is being established at Cholmondeley where the role will be to put ecological theory into practice over a wide landscape 

  • The in-hand farms at Cholmondeley are managed by Evolution Farming
  • The successful candidate will work alongside the Evolution and management team at the Estate Office, although they will predominately lead in the field, rather than the office.
  • A new role will be created that combines the management of the Parkland (excluding livestock), with conservation and landscape management over the wider estate. Leading a team of 4, those elements of the position include;
  • Park Management – fencing, mowing, tree guards, gardens tree surgery, preparation for events, overseeing grounds management at events (with time off in lieu), water supplies, working alongside the Clerk of Works and the Maintenance Team,
  • Woodland Management – planting, beating up, maintenance, thinning and felling, predominately for conservation and the operation of the Woodchip Biomass Boiler,
  • Tree Surgery – liaising with arboriculture consultant for annual tree health check and regular tree inspections for livestock / other damage,
  • Managing the Woodchip operations,
  • Property Portfolio Management – liaising with the Clerk of Works for grounds maintenance,
  • Oversee the Health and Safety requirements of the Department, in liaison with the Estate’s H&S consultant,

To which will be added the Conservation Role;

  • Liaising with Evolution Farming over the plans to continually improve the in-hand farm’s cross compliance, biodiversity and sustainability,
  • Take responsibility for preparing and managing the environmental aspects on the ground,
  • Draw down and deliver Environmental Grant Schemes whenever possible, referring to the Environmental Consultant when necessary,
  • Oversee a policy for improving the environment and habitat over the estate’s acres, focusing on both the areas that are directly managed and those that are let,
  • Measuring the success or otherwise of the various initiatives,
  • Focus on the management and environmental schemes over the Estate’s SSSIs and SBIs,
  • Oversee initiatives for species reintroductions,
  • Manage the numerous research studies that are conducted on the Estate,
  • Prepare and deliver educational papers,
  • Work alongside farms and estates within the wider regional landscape.

It will be anticipated the Manager will have the following experience;

  • Management and leadership,
  • Financial planning, budget and spending acumen,
  • Strong environmental experience and credentials,
  • Agricultural field work on tractors, standard implements and general operations,
  • Fencing, mowing, chainsaw etc. experience, health & safety awareness and training.

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