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£31,671 pa

Fixed term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 8 months)


Ref: IRC72885




We are looking for an experienced Countryside Manager to manage one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse portfolios in the NT – the North Lakes, Cumbria. There are huge opportunities here balancing conservation, cultural landscape, estate maintenance, relationships with farmers and visitor engagement which should be is both challenging and rewarding. A large part of this role will include working with and through partner bodies such as Natural England, Lake District National Park, United Utilities, Environment Agency and Foundation for Common Land so you’ll need strong experience in partnership working.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a fixed term contract due to end when the previous employee returns from their sabbatical. At this point we cannot confirm exactly how long this contract will last, but it is likely to be between 8 and 11 months.


What it's like to work here


Working as a Countryside Manager means being a voice of our landscapes, conservation champion and lover of all things outdoors. You’ll work with our outdoors teams to help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. Working in some of the nation’s most stunning places and spaces, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.


Covering this particularly stunning area in the North Lake District and Cumbria, which is one of the 5 national Riverlands project catchments within the NT, the diversity of your sites will include Derwent Water, ‘The Queen of the Lakes’ and the surrounding spectacular fells and lush bottom of Borrowdale; the tranquil waters of three beautiful lakes: Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater; the wild landscape at Ennerdale; and the Whitehaven Coast rich in industrial heritage and wildlife.


What you'll be doing


Leading a dynamic and resourceful team of staff and volunteers, delivering a nationally acclaimed conservation programme of work, whilst providing an access and engagement programme that delivers for all. Working with a number of partner organisations, bodies, farm tenants and other individuals you’ll need to be engaging and enabling so as to encourage and deliver a strong programme. Part of a team, both locally regional and national supporting and working with and through others the role requires leadership and a strong ability to understand and support the priorities of the property.


Who we're looking for


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

  • Significant and extensive experience in relevant land, conservation and access management, supported by appropriate qualifications to level 6 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
  • Proven track record of planning activities programmes which deliver great visitor experience within a countryside setting
  • Leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation, communication and setting strategic direction
  • Experience of working with volunteers and knowledge of the framework that the Trust uses to support the volunteer journey. Evidence of understanding the differences between staff and volunteers, particularly the legal framework, the approach to reward and recognition and different motivations
  • Excellent people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained
  • Proven track record of managing budgets, finances, projects and large contracts
  • Track record of inspiring others with your passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
  • Significant experience of managing operational risk, including how to assess and manage risk effectively. Knowledge of all Health & Safety and Compliance requirements relevant to a countryside setting
  • Strong track record of working with and through farm tenants


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 at over 100 leisure facilities across the country


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: Sunday 20th January 2019


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