Landscape Recovery Manager (Derwent Valley)

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Matlock, Derbyshire
£34,865 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 28th August 2022  

Landscape Recovery Manager (Derwent Valley)

About the role 

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to take a leading role in driving forward landscape recovery in the Derwent Valley.

In this role you will develop partnerships, projects and programmes which develop our Living Landscapes and promote confident, pro-active local support and engagement. 

You will be based at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust but you will work very closely with a large number of other external stakeholders. 

To be successful, you will need to care deeply about landscape recovery, rewilding and you will thrive when managing a wide range of stakeholder views.


  • Develop and deliver our Wilder Derbyshire Strategy in the Derwent Valley - we have some great foundations in place and it will be your job to lead on developing Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Recovery Network in the Derwent Valley Lead on developing our role as host of the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment Partnership.
  • You will collaborate with others to work strategically across the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment area to identify opportunities for catchment restoration. Depending on the result of DEFRA’s Wild Beaver Consultation, you’ll lead the Living Rivers Team to create a Derbyshire-wide strategy for wild and/or enclosed beaver reintroductions.
  • Leadership -you’ll be a trusted advisor, coach and source of information and support for the Trust; keeping abreast of emerging science on rewilding and acting as a key spokesperson when required. 
  • Grow our Delivery Programme – we are a fast moving and fast growing organisation. You will help to ensure we continue to grow our work, showing a good eye for spotting commercial opportunities and developing innovative partnerships. 
  • Improve our Impact - you will leverage our platform and reputation, playing an active role in developing links with partners and the wider sector as well as regularly promoting rewilding projects and opportunities via media and social media. 
  • Build Diverse Community Partnerships -you will help to drive the development of the Trusts networks locally and regionally in an inclusive way; continually involving local people and communities and inspiring people to act for wildlife. 
  • Inclusive Culture you will inspire an agile, inclusive and creative culture, embracing new technology and adopting fresh approaches to support delivery of our ambitious aims, ensuring we are able to harness opportunities, secure new funding sources, remove barriers and overcome challenges. 
  • Promoting Participation- You’ll be responsible for driving inclusive participation, developing programmes that promote diversity, strengthen communities and support inclusion. 

Interviews will be held on Thursday 15th September

About you 

This role might be right for you if: 

  • You are a strategic thinker with experience of building and inspiring teams- leaning on your practical experience when coaching team members and volunteers
  • You are passionate about landscape recovery, have direct experience of rewilding work and working at landscape scale 
  • You have secured large grants and contracts 
  • You have demonstrable experience of building partnerships 
  • You are comfortable talking to a diverse range of stakeholders with different interests, perspectives and personalities
  • You thrive in an ever-evolving environment, demonstrating drive and tact as you navigate change 
  • You have good digital skills and are excited about the opportunity to create something new and unexpected

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.

This role will be based at our office in Middleton although a balance of home and office 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 attached. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents, 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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