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£32,682 pa, depending on experience

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)

Hebden Bridge

Ref: IRC75390




Would you like to work in an exciting partnership delivering Natural Flood Management (NFM) and woodland creation at a catchment scale? This ambitious project also marks the start of a joint, long-term partnership, between the National Trust and Yorkshire Water - the opportunities to extend this project over the wider Colne, Holme and Calder catchments are endless. Whilst a significant part the role will be delivering the £2.6m NFM project you will also be helping to develop the next phase of NFM and woodland creation across this beautiful upland landscape.  


This Is A 24 Month Fixed Term Contract. Final salary offered will depend on experience.


What it's like to work here


The Sites


The land at Wesseden Valley and Hardcastle Craggs is owned by the National Trust; the land at Gorpley Reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water.


Marsden Moor: Marsden Moor Estate comprises 2,301 hectares of moorland. The estate is situated at the head of the Colne Valley in West Yorkshire and encompasses the northerly most part of the Peak District National Park. The majority of the estate now subject to HLS agreements with Natural England and the grazing commoners. Marsden Moor is a landscape steeped in history, from prehistoric man to historic trans-Pennine transport routes.


Gorpley: Site located 4 miles west of Todmorden, off the Bacup Road. The area would be best described as unimproved upland grassland – dominated by Molinia, rush and tussock grass. The area is directly adjacent to existing Clough Woodland leading up from Gorpley Clough – to the reservoir of the same name. The site is owned by Yorkshire Water and is currently leased to the Woodland Trust. The area is of open aspect on all sides with the woodland at the foot of the site making up the lower boundary. The top of the site is marked by the Rosendale Way and the ridge of the moorland around the natural basin of the valley head.


Hardcastle Crags: Beautiful wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart. A beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares of unspoilt woodland, haymeadows and permanent pasture. As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles of footpaths.


What you'll be doing


The Project Manager will lead on the delivery of an extensive package of NFM interventions across three sites in West Yorkshire alongside a monitoring programme that will help evidence the effectiveness of NFM. You would also be responsible for providing regular reports to the funder(s) and producing internal highlight reports.


In addition to the £1.3m funding from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal we have also secured a grant of £145K from the EA for further NFM interventions at Hardcastle Crags in partnership with Slow the Flow Calderdale. The Project Manager will lead on the delivery of these key NFM complementary projects (including assisting with developing new project opportunities) but also gather evidence and report on the extensive match funding package associated with the wider programme.


The Project Manager will work with our key partner the Woodland Trust to develop and secure funding for more woodland creation schemes on both National Trust and Yorkshire Water land.

This is an exciting opportunity to work across several sites in West Yorkshire to deliver NFM and associated co-benefits.


Who we're looking for


We are looking forward to receiving a great mix of applications, this may be an excellent opportunity for a secondment within the trust, or a step up from someone working externally who would love to work with us here at National Trust.


As a self-motivated, experienced project/programme manager you’ll know how to deliver a project/programme effectively on time. You’ll have:

  • Project management expertise, lifting plans off the page, developing an innovative programme of activity and helping to turn it into reality
  • The ability to turn complex ideas into simple plans
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence and negotiate
  • The ability to engage, motivate and mobilise resource seamlessly across two partner organisations to support the programme
  • Experience of working with external stakeholders and co-ordinating activities across multiple organisations
  • A creative approach, with the ability to drive improvement and change you will be able to think laterally and seize opportunities
  • An excellent organiser with good planning skills and the ability to manage conflicting demands
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to develop robust, coherent and successful funding bids
  • Experience of landscape-scale conservation land management would be a benefit
  • In addition to the above and standard role profile you’ll be able to demonstrate you have experience with;
  • Managing contractors
  • Significant project delivery experience
  • Able to use GPS and be familiar with GIS


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 more information please contact Craig Best (West Yorkshire Countryside Manager) on 07721762095. Or to apply, please click here


Closing date: 12 April 2019 

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