DEFRA Appointed Conservator

Wimbledon and Putney Commons


Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 25th September 2020   7 days left

Appointed Conservator Vacancy (Voluntary)

Ministerial Appointment to the Board of Conservators by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under Section 12 of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871

This is a special opportunity to be instrumental in shaping the future for Wimbledon and Putney Commons.

The Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (WPCC) ensure that Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common (known collectively as “the Commons”) are managed and conserved in accordance with the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871, as supplemented by the Commissioners Clauses Act 1847 and Byelaws, and their legal obligations as Trustees of a registered charity. We are a non-political organisation, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Commons.

The Commons comprise around 1,140 acres of countryside, of which approximately 900 acres of the Commons are recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The open space can be enjoyed for exercise and recreation and attracts large numbers of visitors.

Managed by a team of 22 staff, the Commons are also home to many sporting facilities including some 48 acres of playing fields used for rugby and football, 16 miles of horse rides and a golf course.

Candidates are now being sought for the role of a Conservator to be appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We are looking for someone with drive, enthusiasm and an appropriate balance of skills to complement experience within the existing Board. Applicants must be able to demonstrate skills and experience in nature conservation and ecological issues, particularly as they relate to a large and complex public open space and ideally have experience of being part of a multi-disciplinary Board of Trustees.

To obtain a Candidate Brief – Information Pack for this challenging but rewarding role, visit The Ranger’s Office, Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon SW19 5NR, Tel: 020 8788 7655 e-mail or view our website at

The Closing Date for returned applications is Friday 25 September 2020

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