Dartmoor Green Recovery Project Manager

South West Lakes Trust

Dartmoor, Devon
£27,000 - £28,361 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: conservation & wildlife, water & hydrology

Closing date: Monday, 6th June 2022  

AREA: Dartmoor

BASE: Burrator Reservoir with flexible remote working, also required to travel to various sites across Dartmoor including Venford Reservoir

TYPE: Fixed term 01 May 2022 - 31 March 2025

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week on a flexible basis; normal working hours will include weekends, Bank Holidays and some evenings.

SALARY: £27,000 - £28,361 per annum


Working with South West Water (SWW) and SW Lakes (SWL) to deliver Water Industry Green Recovery Programme obligations on SWW landholdings, you will develop and deliver interventions to enhance biodiversity and restore land to improve catchment management and drinking water protected areas on rivers and headwaters in the Dartmoor National Park area.

By working with stakeholders, employees, partners and funders, you will deliver nature based benefits for the environment, which will contribute towards overall raw water quality and improved habitat conditions. You will also look for opportunities to partner with neighbouring landowners for wider benefit. Focusing on two SWW owned and SWL managed locations, Venford Reservoir, Holne and the Burrator catchment, you will also consider and identify habitat enhancement opportunities at some of our other reservoirs to widen the reach across Dartmoor.


  • Working in partnership with South West Water to deliver water quality obligations with a particular focus on improving habitats in catchments to protect drinking water and enhance biodiversity. This will include costing, planning and delivering management actions such as peatland restoration, wetland management, woodland diversification and small scale habitat creation.
  • Work closely with Head of Environment and Engagement and wider SW Lakes team to ensure the project is delivered with our strategic vision for the sites and catchments in mind.
  • Utilise existing reports from our Burrator Investigations project to inform and plan management prescriptions
  • Undertake a Venford Reservoir catchment based appraisal to identify feasible interventions for habitat enhancement
  • Deliver management prescriptions in the Burrator and Venford catchments, regularly reviewing in order to ensure biodiversity gain and water quality improvements are met within the scope of the project
  • Support the development of management plans alongside other SW Lakes Team members for Burrator and Venford reservoirs which include archaeological as well as environmental interests
  • Maintain records of baseline and ongoing monitoring data to demonstrate impact over time
  • Manage project budgets to deliver project outcomes.
  • Conduct an options appraisal for future land management such as Higher Tier, Farm Business Tenancy and ELMS in liaison with SWW.
  • Attend regular meetings, prepare project reports as required and other relevant reports as requested by SWW and /or SW Lakes
  • Undertake stakeholder engagement to allow collaborative partnerships to grow
  • Liaise with voluntary/statutory conservation bodies, landowners, graziers, and local authorities keeping them informed and consulting them where applicable.
  • To seek knowledge exchange and the sharing of materials from the public, private and voluntary sectors to assist with the above tasks.
  • Take responsibility for health and safety of self, colleagues, customers and contractors.
  • Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be assigned by SW Lakes.

Subject to additional funding the role holder will be responsible for line managing a project officer

Knowledge, Experience & Skills

(E) – Essential (D) – Desirable

  • A proven track record of successful project delivery in the conservation and environment sector. Experience in some of the following would be beneficial; woodland management, river restoration, ecological surveying, natural flood management and working knowledge of geographical information systems. (E)
  • At least three years’ experience of employment or volunteering in nature conservation as well as an understanding of current nature conservation policy. (E)
  • Experience of engaging groups of stakeholders to achieve a common goal. (E)
  • Experience of delivering conservation projects by working with contractors, colleagues and volunteers.(E)
  • Knowledge of working within designated sites and the requirements and restrictions this brings about. (E)
  • IT literate particularly in Microsoft Office packages (E)
  • Working knowledge of industry recognised mapping tools (E)
  • Experience of working with upland farming systems, grazing regimes and their stakeholders (E)
  • Experience in developing and writing management plans. (D)
  • Knowledge of safe working practices and risk assessments. (D)
  • Good geographical knowledge of Dartmoor (D)
  • Good interpersonal skills and an excellent communicator at all levels with an enthusiasm for working with volunteers and stakeholders. (E)
  • Ability to write concise accurate reports. (E)
  • Enthusiastic with a positive approach to problem-solving and demonstrating a flexible approach. (E)
  • A good organiser with proven ability to set priorities and to see tasks through to completion. (E)
  • Experience of managing and working to project budgets (D)
  • Experience of sourcing funding (D)
  • Line management of team member and volunteer management experience.(D)
  • Ability to work under own initiative and take responsibility for the overall programme. (E)


  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant environmental discipline or proven equivalent professional experience (E)
  • Full and valid driving licence, essential as you will need to be readily mobile across your area of responsibility (E)
  • Current CIEEM membership (D)

About us

  • As an independent charity, our purpose is to protect special places for people and wildlife; in doing this we care for over 40 inland waters in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Ranging in size from one to nine hundred acres, the lakes provide unrivalled access to watersports, angling, walking and cycling, and are places you can be active or play and explore all day long. We take great pride in protecting and enhancing these locations for the future and for people to value and enjoy. They provide a perfect setting for a great day out, be it for a stroll, to play, nature watch or enjoy adventurous activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking or sailing.
  • We offer a stakeholder pension scheme after 3 months of employment, with a 5% contribution matched by the company, 23 days holiday (plus statutory bank holidays) rising to 25 days after 5 years and 28 after 10, a culture of investing in our employees through training and development and the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the south west.
  • Normal working hours of this role will require you to work out of hours and a degree of flexibility in working patterns.
  • This role is in partnership with South West Water to deliver Water Industry National Environment Programme obligations

To apply

  • To apply please complete and return our application form or to learn more please contact Will Samuels – [email protected].

For further details and to apply, please visit www.swlakestrust.org.uk/join-the-team or email [email protected]

Closing Date: Midnight 6th June 2022