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Logo: National TrustEngagement Officer - Countryside (South West)

£17,703 pa

Fixed Term p/t (22.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)

Wareham, Dorset

Ref: IRC79761



Purbeck is one of the National Trustís most outstanding countryside properties. With an estate of over 3300 ha, we are a major landowner in one of the UKs most biodiverse areas, with internationally important heathland, grassland and coastal sites.


We work closely with neighbours, partners and local communities and are building a vision for Purbeck in which nature and people can thrive. You will be part of a diverse property team that balances looking after our rich natural and cultural heritage with a busy visitor offer for millions of people every year. Due to the nature of this role a driving licence is essential.

What it's like to work here


This 1000 year old royal castle stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck. The area, famed for its beaches, castle and countryside, is home to some of the rarest species in the UK, including British reptiles. To become part of our friendly team, you will need a love of the outdoors and an interest in active pursuits. A strong commercial focus and year-round opening means work at Purbeck Island requires energy and commitment, and the roles are fun and varied in a unique location.


For more information about our property please visit our website


What you'll be doing


This role is focusing on engaging local stakeholders in developing a project to release European Beavers back into the Purbeck landscape. There is already support among several partners for a beaver introduction, and technical studies to assess habitat feasibility and model likely impacts of beaver are currently being undertaken by Exeter University. This role will be to communicate their findings to local landowners, communities and other stakeholders, and by positively engaging with them develop a project and a management plan for beaver that is widely supported.


You will be able to inspire local communities to recognise the value that beaver could bring to Purbeck, but also work with farmers and other landowners to understand the risks beavers pose and develop pragmatic solutions to mitigate them. If a licence application is successful, you will play an important role in developing the project up to the point where beavers can be released.


This is likely to be a high-profile project, and its success or otherwise will influence attitudes and policy towards beavers elsewhere in the National Trust and beyond. Although your focus will be on the Purbeck project, you will liaise closely with regional and national staff within the Trust, as well as other beaver introduction projects around the UK.


Who we're looking for


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

  • Good understanding and experience of partnership and community engagement and participation
  • Experience of taking a positive and proactive approach to managing relationships, building consensus and seeking positive outcomes through collaboration and shared decision making
  • Excellent people and influencing skills, enabling relationships internally and externally to be maintained
  • Ability to understand technical and scientific information and communicate it to a range of audiences
  • A good understanding and interest in natural history.
  • Strong communication skills, including public presentation experience



To find out more about the benefits we offer to support you, please click here


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. Youíll 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: 12th May 2019

Interview Date: 20th May 2019


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