Senior Project Manager

WWT

Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
£36,496 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.wwt.org.uk

Reference: SPM(21)/CN

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 24th January 2021   6 days left


WWT Slimbridge, flexible with regular visits to the project area

This is a fixed term contract until the end of March 2022

Role Context

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has been successful under the Green Recovery Challenge Fund in receiving £1.6M to further its ambition under its strategic Waterscapes Programme. The GRCF is aimed to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP), whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.

The funded project ‘Enhancing Climate Resilience on the Somerset Coast’ is a partnership project predominantly based along the Somerset coastline from the Mendip Hills south to Bridgwater including land either-side of the Parrett Estuary and a number of Parishes within freshwater catchments west of the Quantock Hills.

This exciting project aims to deliver interventions across a landscape-scale to create and restore wetland habitat for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and enhance its resilience to climate change. It will also embed the knowledge and skills within local communities to continue this work in future.

The Project will contribute to:

  • Wetland nature conservation and restoration, by creating or restoring over 100ha of habitat, including priority habitats such as coastal saltmarsh, freshwater ponds and wet woodlands.
  • Delivering nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, through natural flood management and improved land management, helping to enhance flood resilience, improve soil and water quality, and further our knowledge on blue carbon sequestration.
  • Connecting people with nature, by engaging local stakeholders (eg. landowners, students) in wetland conservation through community events, volunteering and citizen science. It aims to find new ways to support our mental and physical wellness by seeking ways to engage people with wetlands.

The project will create jobs and posts and retain positions within WWT and its partners. We will enhance local knowledge and skills, offering specific upskilling and work experience opportunities for young people.

Role outline

Your role will be responsible for the coordination, delivery and successful completion of WWT’s ‘Enhancing Climate Resilience on the Somerset Coast Project’ and by working positively with all partners and stakeholders ensure that it not only achieves WWTs ambitious aims but also complies with the conditions of the funding and all regulations around delivering the work including gaining formal statutory consents.

You will work with all Project Managers both internally and across the partnership to monitor progress of each delivery area and regularly report this through WWTs Project Management Governance Structure. You will be responsible to the WWTs Project Sponsor and will also work with the expertise of WWT Unit Heads to deliver organisational strategic objectives. You will be responsible for overall budget management and for coordinating all grant claims with support from WWTs Conservation Admin, Supporter Development and Finance Teams.

You will have line management responsibility for the Project Manager (Wetland Habitats) and be able to advise on both Health & Safety and CDM best practice.

It is anticipated that you will have a respect and working knowledge for the natural environment and be experienced in UK wetland habitats and species, particularly within a lowland and coastal context. You will be an experienced conservationist, adept at building links between NGO partners, local and national statutory stakeholders, local communities. The successful candidate will be at the heart of one of the most high profile conservation initiatives in the South West, and will need to be inspiring, collaborative, diplomatic and energetic.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is funded by Defra and is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Life assurance
  • Free parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres

Closing date: 24th January 2020

Interview date: 1st February 2020

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410


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