Living Landscapes Officer - Derwent Valley

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Matlock, Derbyshire
£27,625 pa + 9.5% employer pension

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 3rd July 2022   6 days left

We’re looking for a passionate, enthusiastic Living Landscapes Officer to help us to deliver nature’s recovery across our Derwent Valley Living Landscape.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are committed to using rewilding to restore nature across the county, focussing on 7 main Living Landscape areas. In this role, you’ll lead on developing our Derwent Valley Living Landscape, engaging with community-led action groups to help us in managing our nature reserves, supporting volunteers and working with a wide range of partners.

To be successful you will be experienced in practical land management skills, leading and working with volunteers and able to communicate and inspire the delivery of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s key aims to partner organisations and landowners.


In this role, you will:

  • Work with partners, neighbours, local communities and members of the public and other organisations to deliver our Nature Recovery Network within the identified Living Landscape. You will identify and implement opportunities to integrate nature reserve management activities into wider Nature Recovery Network objectives.
  • Draw up and develop management plans for nature reserves, setting and agreeing objectives for people and wildlife for the reserve in line with Derbyshire Wildlife Trusts vision.
  • Support and facilitate the delivery of nature reserve management plans by ensuring an annual work plan, activity programmes and appropriate site monitoring at our nature reserves and other focal sites across the Living Landscape are in place and by facilitating volunteers, community groups and contractors to implement these plans.
  • Use your skills to inspire others to deliver high quality land management to help the Trust achieve its aim of 30% of Derbyshire in positive management for wildlife by 2030.
  • Work with a range of partners on collaborative and landscape scale ecological projects in an inclusive and inspiring way.

About you

This role might be right for you if:

  • You are dynamic, organised and focussed on achieving goals on a large scale.
  • You are practical with hands-on experience of land management for nature conservation and able to work effectively and safely with volunteers.
  • You are a great communicator and able to inspire others with your enthusiasm and energy.
  • You can work collaboratively with a wide range of partners and audiences.
  • You have good ecological surveying skills and are able to present results in appropriate formats for varying audiences.
  • You are able to write high quality reports and management plans and contribute to effective fund raising.
  • You are a conscientious budget holder, managing spend efficiently and always making environmentally conscious decisions on spend.
  • You have a full driving licence.

We are happy to talk flexible working!

We are happy to discuss the hours for this role. The Trust is currently trialling a 9 Day Fortnight working pattern which see’s full-time staff working 74 hours over 9 days and having every other Friday ‘off’ work.

For this role you will be working on sites within our Derwent Valley Living Landscape and at our main office in Middleton. A balance of on-site, office and home working will be allowed. We are a local charity so applicants should be easily able to access our office and other locations around the county.

For more information, please refer to the job description and key terms on our website. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents or require adjustments to the application process, please either email [email protected] or call 01773 881188.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We’re a small charity, with big ideas! We believe that everyone has their part to play in Nature’s recovery. We are the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect and enhance wildlife and wild places throughout the county but through our work with businesses, other conservation charities, and the public we are mobilising others across the county and the rest of the UK to act for wildlife. As are a registered Charity, we are supported by 16,000 members and are part of a movement of 46 Trusts with a collective membership of over 800,000.

Our purpose is to achieve our vision of a Wilder Derbyshire by creating Nature Recovery Networks. We aim to deliver our vision by leading Nature’s Recovery, inspiring people and communities to care and mobilising people to act. All our work is underpinned by our values.

Our Charity is growing, we currently employ 90 people and, crucially, we are supported by over 500 volunteers. We have three delivery teams; Wilder Landscapes, Wilder Communities and Income Generation, supported by the Finance and Resources team. Each team has a Department Lead who reports to the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operations of the Trust and who, in turn, reports to the Board of Trustees which governs the organisation.

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that everyone should have access to nature. We expect people to work harmoniously with each other and with volunteers, and to provide help and guidance to others when needed. As a small charity, our employees need to be willing to be flexible about working arrangements and willing to provide occasional cover for absent staff. We want people to develop professionally and personally while working with us and employees are encouraged to participate in the range of opportunities available to enable this.

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