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Logo: Pensthorpe Natural ParkGeneral Manager

Full Time, Permanent

Market competitive package, dependent on experience  


Pensthorpe Natural Park, in North Norfolk, was created by a visionary conservationist who landscaped an area of gravel extraction in the River Wensum Valley to create one of Britainís most biodiverse nature reserves.  


Purchased by Bill Jordan, who co-founded Jordanís Cereals, and his wife Deb in 2003, the site celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2018.   


Having hosted BBC Springwatch from 2008 to 2010, we showcased our beautiful park, gardens, farm and reserve to a national audience and we have continued to develop, adding extensive wildlife themed childrenís outdoor and indoor play in 2013 and 2015, complimentary to the overall vision of weaving play into education about the natural world, and encouraging our children to experience nature first hand, winning both local and national awards along the way.    


The Pensthorpe Estate is also the home of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, a charitable trust whose main aims are to establish a centre of excellence for habitat management and restoration alongside conservation of wetland and farmland bird species through captive breeding programmes in national conservation partnerships.  


Our vision for conservation, experiential nature and wellbeing combined with our strong emphasis on customer experience and ensuring an inspiring and educational connection with nature is at the heart of everything we do, appealing to all ages whilst generating exceptional visitor footfall across our commercial visitor attractions and outlets.   We are looking to recruit a General Manager to continue our exciting journey. 


You will be responsible for leading the operation which covers over 700 acres of farmland and prime wetland habitat in the Wensum Valley in North Norfolk, encompassing leadership of the Reserve, Aviculture and Garden teams as well as the commercial hub of the business, which includes our busy admissions desk, cafe, shop and childrenís indoor and outdoor play.  


The successful candidate will be naturally entrepreneurial and have a background working in conservation, countryside and estate management with a tourism bias, confident in dealing with bodies such as Defra, NGOís and Heritage Lottery Fund.  You will be an experienced leader able to empower your diverse team to deliver excellence every day through your hands-on / can-do approach, demonstrating gravitas and a clear site leadership presence. You also need to be a strategic thinker, working with the owners to continually develop this unique site. You should have exceptional communication and inter-personal skills along with a strong commitment to our vision, to continue our journey in bringing nature to every generation as well as protecting our assets.  


For a full job description and / or an informal discussion about this exciting role, please email Julie.rainford@pensthorpe.com 


Application by CV & Covering Letter by closing date of Monday 15th July 2019



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