Head of Plantlife Cymru

Plantlife Cymru

c.£31,500 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.plantlife.org.uk/wales [email protected]

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 30th October 2020   5 days left

Do you want to make a positive difference for wildlife in Wales? We are looking for a dynamic and influential individual to take forward Plantlife's ambitions for the conservation of wild plants and fungi in Wales. The Head of Plantlife Cymru will be responsible for developing and delivering activities and advocacy to increase Plantlife’s impact and profile in Wales.

Working closely with colleagues across Plantlife, you will enjoy working with people, have practical conservation experience, a real commitment to the natural environment, and leadership drive.

This is a permanent, full time position. Travel within Wales and UK is required.

For a job description and an application form please visit https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/jobs or e-mail: [email protected]

Closing date:  30th October 2020.
Interview date: 10th November 2020 to be held at Plantlife’s HQ in Salisbury or online.

About the role

Do you want to make a positive difference for wildlife in Wales? Are you energised by the significance of wild plants and fungi in our response to the ecological crisis, climate emergency and improving wellbeing? If so, Plantlife is looking for an ambitious and influential person to lead our programmes and staff team in Wales, and this could be you.

Plantlife has a proud history of successful impact in Wales working with its landscapes and people. We engage with communities, land managers, partners, decision makers and our supporters to encourage everyone to learn about, value and conserve wild plants, fungi and their habitats. Be it orchids in sand dunes, internationally important communities of lichens and bryophytes of Atlantic woodlands, species-rich meadows and pastures across the farmlands of Wales, or wild flowers in road verges – wherever there are interesting and vulnerable plants and fungi Plantlife has a role to play.

We are seeking a new Head of Plantlife Cymru to be responsible for developing and delivering our programmes, partnerships and profile, and securing funding to sustain and grow Plantlife’s operations in Wales.

A proven track record in conservation land management is essential to confidently develop and deliver an influential programme of projects and initiatives to increase plant diversity for nature and society. Equally important is the ability to communicate and engage widely with a diverse professional, political and public audience, combining plant conservation with Welsh culture.

The role will manage and be supported by Plantlife staff based in Wales and across the organisation.

About Plantlife

Established in 1989, Plantlife International is the only UK charity dedicated to conserving wild flowers, plants and fungi in their natural habitats and helping people to enjoy and learn about them.

Our charitable aims and objectives are simple:

  • To improve the fortunes of threatened wild plants in the UK and overseas
  • To help everybody – young and old - to enjoy wild plants and to get involved in their conservation
  • To campaign for policies and practices to sustain wild plants

We own 23 nature reserves across the UK, including two in Wales, and carry out conservation and outreach work on our own land and in partnership with others, such as the National Trust, RSPB and the Forestry Commission. We advise landowners and publish best practice guidance. We carry out research and gather data to inform government policy. We engage people of all ages and abilities in plant conservation and education and give everybody opportunities to enjoy wildflowers. We work overseas with bodies such as the IUCN and Kew and, as a lead partner in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, identify Important Plant Areas across the world and plan their conservation with government and community groups.

Our Flagship programmes include:

  • Magnificent Meadows, restoring species-rich grasslands across the UK in partnership
  • Dynamic Dunescapes, improving sand dune habitat for rare species through the engagement of local communities, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, Natural England, and others.
  • The Road Verge Campaign, with over 100,000 signatories to change the way councils manage wildflower habitat on roadsides
  • The National Plant Monitoring Scheme, a government-funded, volunteer-lead citizen science project to gather data on plant distribution

We are governed by a board of 11 trustees, chaired by Professor David Hill OBE. Our Patron is His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Philip Mould is our President and Rachel de Thame Vice President.

We have 60 staff, located in our Salisbury head office, at other Plantlife offices or at home. Plantlife Cymru and Plantlife Scotland each have devolved responsibilities. We also have a team of 1500 volunteers who work in the field, at events and in our offices.

Of our annual £3.2m expenditure, £2.9m is spent on conservation and communication work.

A large proportion of our income derives from our 11,000 loyal members and supporters. We also receive funding from the UK governments and their conservation agencies, grant making bodies such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Land Fill tax funds, donations from charitable trusts and foundations as well as income from business partners and fundraising events.

Plantlife is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

For more information please visit our website: www.plantlife.org.uk You will also find information there about our trustees, our policies and projects, as well as our annual reports and accounts.

About the job

This is a full time permanent role based in Wales.

Plantlife’s expectation is that this role will be office based, providing an anchor for the staff team and partner collaboration in Wales. Some flexibility on location, and to enable a balance of home-based working for the right candidate can be discussed. Whilst the role can be based in any region of Wales, carrying this role forward will require travel across Wales including regular trips to Cardiff as needed.

Plantlife has headquarters in Salisbury and staff based in various locations across the UK. Travel, as well as harnessing digital media to optimal effect, is expected to ensure effective meetings and working with colleagues within and beyond Wales.

We work normal office hours (9-5, Monday to Friday), although this role will also require some weekend and evening working. We offer flexible working.

The reward package is based around a salary of circa £31,500 plus contributions to a group personal pension scheme and other benefits, including up to 5 weeks annual leave.

How to apply

A full job description and person specification are set out on our website. If you consider your skills and capabilities match the needs of the role, please complete the Plantlife application form (available online at the Plantlife website or on request) and return it to [email protected], enclosing a copy of your CV.

We expect to hold initial interviews either in Salisbury or online on the 10th November 2020.

If you have any questions about the role please contact Julia Clements ([email protected], 01722 342749). Julia will be able to arrange an informal discussion with the line manager Nicola Hutchinson, Director of Conservation Programmes, and/or a chat with other members of the team

In order to minimise our administrative costs, applicants should assume they have been unsuccessful if they have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date. In such instances we are thankful for your interest in Plantlife.

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