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£24,500 pa

Fixed term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 12 months)


Ref: IRC68932




Purbeck is one of the National Trust’s most outstanding countryside properties, and we have ambitious plans for the coming years to make it as rich in nature as we possibly can; developing the role of citizen science is key to how we will achieve this.


You will be building partnerships with local naturalists and specialists, and you’ll be bringing in new volunteers and students. Working together you will build skills and commitment to environmental recording among local people, and you will carry out the scientifically robust ecological surveys and monitoring that underpin our decisions about how we manage our land.


This is a fixed term contract due to end when the previous employee returns from maternity leave. At this point we cannot confirm exactly how long this contract will last, but it is unlikely to be more than 12 months.


What it's like to work here


The Isle of Purbeck, famed for its beaches, castle and countryside, is the most biodiverse corner of the UK and home to some of the country’s rarest species. The National Trust owns over 3000 hectares of this spectacular landscape, and you will be part of a busy and diverse property team that balances looking after Purbeck’s rich natural and cultural heritage with managing a busy visitor offer for millions of people each year.


What you'll be doing


During this time you'll be working as part of the Land, Outdoors and Nature team, helping embed citizen science as part of our permanent way of working. You will be developing the role of the local naturalist community, volunteers, students and the wider public in the way the Trust records and monitors nature on our land.


You'll harness the skills and enthusiasm of local people to build our biological records database and help us assess the condition of our priority habitats. You will work with partners such as the RSPB to monitor priority species across the wider landscape, and you’ll have a coordinating role in the Purbeck ‘Bats in the Landscape’ project. You will also be working closely with rangers and other colleagues to make sure they have the skills needed to use citizen science after the project has ended, and as part of Purbeck’s role as a ‘spotlight’ property you will work with the wider Trust network to share best practice with other teams.


Who we're looking for


To be successful in this role you'll need to able to have;

  • Knowledge of a range of ecological survey techniques, either supported by degree level education or an equivalent level of knowledge in natural history and ecology.
  • Field identification skills and an ability to assess habitat condition.
  • An ability to assess habitat condition A proactive approach to collaborative and partnership working.
  • An ability to build the skills and capacity of volunteers though their training and development, for example organising workshops and training events
  • Previous experience of managing a budget.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including using social media, appropriate for people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Strong organisational skills, with ability to work on own initiative and to tight deadlines.
  • An ability to analyse and interpret ecological data.
  • Confident in the use of Microsoft Office and experience of using GIS (geographic information system) and other similar databases.


Due to the nature of this role a driving licence is essential


The package


Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership


Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness


Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking


Closing date: 19 August 2018


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