Reserve Manager x2, Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve

Natural England

Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR, Lincolnshire
£22,418 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 4th July 2022   7 days left

Reserve Manager x2 - Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve

Natural England pay group – Adviser

Closing date: 11.55pm on Monday 4th July

Salary: £22,418
Grade: Adviser
Contract type: Permanent
Type of role: Environment and Sustainability
Number of posts: 2
Location: East Midlands (Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR, near Louth LN11 7TR)

Natural England are seeking organised and committed individuals who can work as part of our National Nature Reserve’s (NNR) team in Lincolnshire. The Reserve Manager role is a broad equivalent to roles such as Reserve Warden in RSPB, or a Reserve Officer in the Wildlife Trusts.

We’re looking for two Reserve Managers to join our team, contributing to the day-to-day management of our Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve which includes the newly acquired land at Elm House Farm.

Lincolnshire is a very scenic and tranquil part of the country with quiet sandy beaches, amazing sun rises, all backed up by the rolling hills of The Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; charming villages, bustling towns like Louth, Horncastle and Market Rasen.

The dunes that make up the core of the NNR, which were first created by storms in the 13th century were once a bombing range, but are now home to a wealth of wildflowers, butterflies and rare natterjack toads. Much of the dunes are covered in scrub, particularly of sea buckthorn, which provides nesting and feeding sites for a variety of both breeding and wintering birds. The freshwater marsh behind the dunes has a good display of orchids, but the most stunning sight is the flowering of the sea lavender in late summer on the saltmarsh. In contrast Elm Farm House is re-wetted arable farmland managed by grazing and cutting for ground nesting and overwintering birds. There are lots of potential improvements to increase the floristic diversity and to maximise the bird numbers.

Both posts will focus on leading practical conservation work on the reserve, carrying out survey and monitoring tasks, engaging with visitors, and supervising volunteers. One of the posts will help lead on delivery of an ongoing project, Dynamic Dunescapes (DuneLIFE, HG-16-08643; LIFE 17 NAT/UK/000570), while the other will help with the future planning for Elm House Farm. The roles come with the opportunity to undertake training to develop and refresh your practical skills, as well as encouragement to expand your knowledge through learning and development which can be tailored based on your interests and previous experience.

Job Description

Both candidates will contribute to the work of our team through covering core tasks in the following areas:

  • Lead on day-to-day NNR management plan activities, understanding how to apply appropriate management techniques to ensure the habitats on site are maintained or enhanced to a SSSI favourable condition status.
  • Work with Senior Reserve Manager to commission contractors where and when necessary, taking responsibility for ensuring NNR budgets are used appropriately, and finance trackers are updated.
  • Work with the Senior Reserve Manager or contribute, support and review the whole site management plan 5 years plan
  • Undertake survey and monitoring tasks, and guide others to support this work via citizen science, volunteer, and Friends of groups. Ensure key records and evidence are recorded on our system and best practices are revised
  • Follow Health & Safety (H&S) procedures fully, draft and review risk assessments, and ensure other users (contractors, visitors, volunteers etc.) receive appropriate H&S guidance and pass on your knowledge.
  • Support existing partnerships and identify opportunities for further joint working with partners. Assist with our wider team ambitions for a Super NNR to be at the heart of the Nature Recovery Network in the surrounding landscape.
  • Explore opportunities to deliver some income generation and source some external funding
  • Promote a programme of engagement on our NNRs, share learning, including the organising and running of events, the use of social media and identifying opportunities to support the ambitions of colleagues delivering our Connecting People with Nature ambition.

We welcome and encourage applications from all communities and, wherever possible, we accommodate requests for both full and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns. Everyone at Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You can also look forward to great benefits including a Civil Service pension.

If you’re inspired to protect and enhance England’s wildlife, and want to work for a leading science-led organisation, you find more information and apply on our website.

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