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Essex Wildlife Trust

Senior Conservation Grazing Officer

Closing date: Monday 29 April 2024, 9am
Salary: £29,150.00 per annum | Residential Role at Blue House Farm
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Blue House Farm Nature Reserve, Blue House Farm Chase, North Fambridge, Essex, CM3 6GU

We have an opportunity for a suitably qualified grazier and passionate ecologist to join us in this residential role, responsible Trust’s livestock at our Blue House Farm site, and other grazing areas across Essex.

The Senior Conservation Grazing Officer is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Trust’s county-wide grazing programme across its nature reserves and Nature Discovery Parks. The postholder will assist the Grazing Manager in ensuring the annual completion of each nature reserve’s grazing plan and provide good day-to-day liaison with the Ranger teams and volunteer wardens throughout the grazing season.

Alongside this county-wide grazing programme support, the post holder is the lead officer for the grazing infrastructure and grazing oversight at two large reserves, Blue House Farm (287ha) and Langdon Hills Nature Reserve (181ha). The latter site is a complex SSSI grassland, scrub and woodland mosaic with open public access, which is a priority for the introduction of fenceless grazing. Liaising with the Langdon Hills Ranger team, the post holder is responsible for the improvement of the Reserve’s grazing infrastructure through capital grant applications. At Blue House Farm Nature Reserve, in addition to the grazing operation, the post holder will promote a safe and welcoming environment for visitors, in liaison with the Senior Ranger (South Essex).

The role will assist the Grazing Manager with the management of the health and welfare of the in-house livestock throughout the year, in line with the ‘five freedoms’, and also the management of the Blue House Farm infrastructure, the grazing machinery and all equipment. The postholder will also assist the Conservation Grazing Manager, as and when required, in the oversight and management of the Trust’s grazing licensees on other nature reserves.

For more information and how to apply, click here

Closing Date: 29/04/2024  Location: Blue House Farm Nature Reserve, Blue House Farm Chase, North Fambridge, Essex, CM3 6GU

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