Conservation Officer

The North York Moors National Park Authority

Helmsley, York
£25,991 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 30th January 2022  


Conservation Officer

Helmsley, North Yorkshire (and hybrid working)

North York Moors National Park Authority looks after one of the most phenomenal parts of the British Isles. Filled with picture book towns and villages, hideaways, beautiful moorlands and breath-taking scenery, the North York Moors is a unique area with diversity and ecosystems that are found nowhere else in the UK.

We are now looking for a Conversation Officer to join our team in Helmsley on a full-time basis, working 37 hours a week.

The Benefits

  • Salary of £25,991 (Pay award pending)
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • 24 days’ annual leave, rising annually by one day, to 29 days after 5 years’ service, plus 8 public holidays

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with experience working with, and leading, volunteers and a strong grasp of rural working practices to take on a key role in conserving this incredible part of the world for generations to come.

Joining a National Park rich in history and heritage, you will be vital to our ongoing conservation efforts and will be involved in a range of projects to protect the landscape and environment we hold dear.

So, if you are ready to be part of incredible work and care about the English countryside, this is your chance to make an impact and do some real good with your career.

The Role

As a Conservation Officer, you will support conservation work across the National Park and specifically on our Levisham Estate.

Working with land managers, you will oversee the delivery of conservation agreements to enhance the biodiversity of the National Park, which will involve negotiating management actions and undertaking site visits.

You will assist in managing conservation focussed volunteer activities across the National Park, supporting the inclusion of volunteers with work to enhance the natural environment and to develop and promote new opportunities.

Assisting in the administration of conservation grant schemes, you will offer suggestions on creating more sustainable, eco-friendly management solutions to land managers.

Additionally, you will provide support and guidance to our Conservation Trainee, aiding them in developing their skills and encouraging ownership and responsibility.

About You

To be considered as a Conservation Officer, you will need:

  • Relevant experience of working in rural areas with land managers, volunteers, partner organisations and communities in implementing countryside conservation projects
  • Experience of working with volunteers and especially the line management required to manage a range of individuals and groups completing various tasks
  • Experience of following finance and procurement protocols, and managing contracts and consultants undertaking remote activities
  • Ecological understanding of protected sites and species and scheduled monuments
  • Working knowledge of GIS packages
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in ecology or related subject and at least 3 years’ experience in a relevant field

Specific knowledge of practical moorland management would be useful but not essential.

Working hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Other organisations may call this role Conservation Project Officer, Rural Conservation Officer, Moorland Conservation Officer, Park Ranger, Moorland Protection Officer, Sustainability Officer, Environment and Sustainability Officer, or Sustainability and Climate Change Officer.

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