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Logo: Kent Wildlife TrustJob Opportunity Head of Estates


Permanent, Full Time post based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone


Closing Date:    12 noon Monday 8th October 2018                                


Interview Date: Wednesday 17th October 2018   


Salary Range:  Up to 43,000 DOE


Kent Wildlife Trust is seeking a Head of Estates to take proactive, strategic, management responsibility for the management of its estates team, its Nature Reserves and the land that it manages for third parties.


This is an extremely exciting opportunity for someone with a proven commitment to conservation to make a real difference to the conservation of our wildlife heritage in Kent.


KWT owns, or manages, some 65 nature reserves covering over 8,100 acres. The Estates team composes 3-4 Reserves Managers and 19 wardens.  The team is heavily dependent upon volunteer trainees, regular volunteers and contractors.


Some key responsibilities as Head of Estates will be to ensure:


  • Effective management and development of the Estates team.
  • Development and delivery of a costed land management strategy, and an annual work programme, aimed at maximising the wildlife value of KWTs estates.
  • H&S procedures, and other relevant KWT policies, are followed at all times.
  • KWTs estate is managed in an RPA compliant manner.
  • Contractors, grazing, and volunteer parties used to best effect across KWTs estates.


You will be able to demonstrate experience in:


  • Sound understanding and technical knowledge of wildlife conservation and land management issues and methods as they apply to Kents wildlife habitats
  • Developing and delivering a land management strategy
  • Effective people management
  • Good understanding of agri-environment schemes
  • Demonstrable understanding of legal aspects of land ownership, procurement of services contracts and tenancies
  • High degree of numeracy and significant budgeting experience
  • Ability and attitude to work corporately and cooperatively as a member of the Senior Management Team


As well as:


  • A strong commitment to nature conservation
  • A passion for environmental and conservation issues
  • Good written and oral presentation skills and experience
  • An ability to communicate clearly, accurately and concisely both in writing and face-to-face
  • Ability to build purposeful relationships both in person and remotely
  • Team player, able to work with various departments to coordinate activities.
  • Self-motivation with a proven ability to prioritise workloads and meet deadlines
  • A high degree of competence in the use of IT systems
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Preparedness to work unsociable hours including occasional evening and weekend work, attending meetings and achieving deadlines
  • Degree level or equivalent in an ecological and/or land management discipline
  • Current driving licence (clean)


Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals. 


Contact details:


If you wish to discuss this post, please get in touch with Jackie Lawrence via Jackie.lawrence@kentwildlife.org.uk in order to arrange an informal discussion with the current incumbent and / or KWTs CEO.


To download the application pack please visit our website: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk


Kent Wildlife Trust has a positive approach to equality and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community



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