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£27,191 pa

Fixed term f/t (until 31/12/20)


Ref: IRC70958




Join us as an Assistant Wildlife Adviser and support our Wildlife Adviser and other consultants in the Lake District and the north-west in providing high quality advice, primarily to National Trust managers and our property teams, as we work towards achieving higher standards of land management for nature across all of our land in the North of England.


Based on your sound nature conservation knowledge, we are seeking an enthusiastic individual who has great communication skills and a strong ecological background to help us deliver ambitious objectives for wildlife within our 2025 Strategy and Land, Outdoors & Nature programme.


We are also hiring for this role in our York hub, please state in your application if you'd like to be considered for this as well.


What it's like to work here


You will form part of a wider multi-disciplinary consultancy team, based at our Grasmere Hub, who share a clear focus on and commitment to our core purpose as a built heritage and natural environment charity.


The landscapes in which you will work across the region are very diverse and will take you into some of the nation’s most cherished landscapes and places, in a role that strives to make a real difference to the care and management of our special places – forever, for everyone.


What you'll be doing


Under the guidance of our Wildlife Adviser you will complement and strengthen our skills and capacity to engage with properties and other NT consultants across the Region to help them understand and implement our land management and nature ambitions in the north.


You will use your expertise in habitat survey, mapping and assessment to help understand the biological significance of NT land, particularly farmed land, and this knowledge will be used to identify and support a wide range of opportunities to benefit wildlife (High Nature Status). This information will help inform our land management ambitions and be incorporated into Estate Management Plans to help us plan for the future at a time of significant change for farming.


As part of a wider team you will become a key advocate for High Nature Status (HNS) actively engaging with property teams and others to help embed the HNS approach to landscapes in their operations.

Using your ecological monitoring experience you will encourage and enable property teams to take part in national wildlife monitoring schemes eg Breeding Bird Survey, National Bat Monitoring Programme. You will also help identify and establish suitable monitoring schemes for Priority Habitats and Species where appropriate, often involving volunteers/partner organisations.


You will use your experience of Protected Species protection/mitigation to assist and support property teams, particularly NT Building Surveyors, in dealing appropriately with situations which arise concerning legally protected wildlife.


Who we're looking for


With a wide range of skills in your toolkit, you'll also be able to demonstrate the following;

  • A nature conservation professional with a sound knowledge of biological survey/monitoring, mapping and habitat condition assessment together with experience of protected species work;
  • The ability to undertake surveys and translate survey and monitoring data into nature management guidance;
  • A good understanding of external issues, legislation, policy, practice, instructions and guidance in relation to nature conservation;
  • A great communicator with good influencing skills to enthuse and engage and mentor others;
  • Ability to interpret and respond to external and internal research, intelligence and analysis;
  • Ability to offer up an alternative perspective to some of our biggest challenges around implementing our nature ambitions in the north.


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


For more information and to apply for this role, please click here 


Closing date: 4th November 2018  

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