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£31,671 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Woodbridge Tales

Ref: IRC75294




Are you a charismatic, committed and enthusiastic leader with a proven track-record in countryside management? Do you enjoy working as part of an energetic and innovative team? Would you love to lead our Land, Outdoors and Nature (LON) work in the Suffolk & Essex Coast portfolio on some of the National Trust’s most iconic coastal properties in the East of England? If this sounds like you we’d love to hear from you!


This a rare opportunity to take a leading role in a beautiful part of the country. You’ll work as part of the portfolio’s management team alongside senior property colleagues. You’ll lead and inspire your countryside team, as well as our many portfolio staff and volunteers together with wider stakeholder and partner organisations, in how they can also play their part in restoring a beautiful, healthy and natural environment.


Please read the Countryside Manager role profile on our website for more information, particularly the skills, experience and knowledge required on page 2 and the ‘Day-to-day in the role’ slide deck.


What it's like to work here


Wild, rugged and often wind-swept, the natural environment and landscapes of the Suffolk & Essex Coast have inspired writers, poets and artists over centuries. The area is a popular tourism destination in the summer and hauntingly beautiful in the winter. Shingle beaches, coastal marshes, heathland and wide meandering estuaries, home to rare and iconic wildlife, characterise the natural landscapes of the area. The big skies, the coast, the churring of nightjars and the sights and sounds of wading birds and wildfowl on the estuaries, will stay with you forever.


What you'll be doing


Reporting to the General Manager, and as part of the Portfolio’s Management team, you will play a strategic role in the future of the portfolio. Leading your countryside team you will set and deliver plans to protect and enhance the conservation of our properties. You will be responsible for strategic planning and the operational day-to-day delivery for land, outdoors and nature on our properties. You will be part of the East of England LON delivery group working with key staff from other properties across the region and professional advisors from the our regional office to help shape and deliver our exciting nature conservation strategy to 2025. You will work with a wide variety of external stakeholders in delivering your work and you will enable a broad range of visitors to have outstanding and inspirational experiences through the quality of our welcome and the effectiveness of our conservation work.


Who we're looking for


  • Countryside Management
  • Motivating and inspiring a staff team and a volunteering community
  • Balancing conservation, access, presentation and engagement
  • Coordination of and liaising with contractors
  • Project delivery experience
  • Identifying and delivering new commercial income streams
  • Supporting visitor engagement programmes in the outdoors


The package




Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here.


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).


Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.


Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.


All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!


For further information and to apply, please click here  


Closing date: 7th April 2019

Interview date: 25th April 2019 at Sutton Hoo. 

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