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£22,188 pa

Fixed Term p/t (30 hrs pw for 36 mo)

Silverdale, Cumbria

Ref: IRC83511




This role is 30 hours per week fixed term for 3 years working in partnership with and part funded by Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership. You will review current biodiversity data and surveys, understand what information we have and how it can inform site management, nature recovery networks and grant applications, then identify and develop key areas for future and ongoing monitoring and project delivery.


What it's like to work here


You will be working across an area famous for its beauty and great biodiversity, at the northern end of Morecambe bay. The role will be primarily focussed within the Arnside & Silverdale AONB, but will also encompass the National Trust Sizergh estate. You will work closely with both the National Trust and AONB teams and have the opportunity to explore this amazing area. Great people skills and the ability to work well on your own initiative will be essential, as you build connections and working relationships to really make a success of this role.


What you'll be doing


This role will include:

  • Data management and mapping – sorting and transfer of paper records to electronic systems
  • Collation of all relevant data for the area – liaising with local natural history groups, universities, volunteers, individual specialists, farmers/land managers and partner organisations, creating data sharing agreements where relevant
  • Establishing and building up links and good collaborative working relationships with the two local record centres
  • Linking to national data sets where relevant – feeding in to NT/AONB review of data management/monitoring
  • Basic analysis and presentation of data – trends and relation to management practices, looking at numerical data, aerial photos and GIS, report writing
  • Creating a monitoring plan for the area – identifying any knowledge gaps, identifying clear need versus desirable, establishing research priorities, linking clearly to management work and monitoring of effects as well as key species observations, developing proposals for delivering training and building up teams of local monitoring volunteers, linking with landowners, developing citizen science etc.
  • Commissioning any relevant baseline or repeat surveys – e.g. vegetation, soil and water sampling
  • Developing habitat connectivity and opportunity mapping as tools for nature recovery networks including playing a key role in developing a nature recovery plan for Arnside & Silverdale AONB


Who we're looking for


You’re self-motivated, expert in conservation or land management and you’ll also have:

  • A natural sciences or related degree (or equivalent)
  • Experience in practical nature conservation
  • Experience of undertaking and managing surveys with a good understanding of relevant legislation and guidance
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills




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!


To find out more and apply, please click here 


Closing Date: 14 August 2019

Interview Date: 22 August 2019 in Silverdale 

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