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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Estates and Conservation Manager Central & West Hampshire

Passionate about developing and achieving significant conservation gains?

Are you a talented and experienced land manager with excellent communication and leadership skills who is passionate about developing and achieving significant conservation gains in the nature reserves you are responsible for? Would you enjoy a busy, challenging, and varied role, including the management of some of the UK’s most important and highly designated conservation areas?

If so, this could be the role for you – we are looking for an Estate and Conservation Manager to manage our Central and West Hampshire nature reserves and the passionate staff and volunteers who support them.

Key Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for the management of a complex and varied suite of Trust nature reserves and sites in central and West Hampshire, including sites in the Avon, Test & Itchen Valleys & South Downs. This includes flagship Trust nature reserves such as Blashford Lakes, Fishlake Meadows, Winnall Moors, St Catherine’s Hill and Noar Hill. These sites are home to internationally significant and diverse populations of wildlife species and key habitats including chalk downland, floodplain meadows, wetlands, woodlands, and species rich grassland.

Through your excellent leadership, clear thinking, and persuasive influencing skills, you will lead the vision and direction of the nature reserves in your patch, ensuring that ecological issues and risks are addressed effectively and efficiently through the development and delivery of medium and large-scale project work.

In addition, your day-to-day responsibilities will see you coordinating and managing the compliant and effective delivery of operations on the ground, representing and promoting the Trust’s interests to a diverse range of external stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, South Downs National Park, Environment Agency, and Natural England), and contributing to aspects of practical delivery.

You will directly manage one Senior Reserves Officer, four Reserves Officers, two Assistant Reserves Officers, and one Trainee Assistant Reserves Officer.

Who we’re looking for:

The full Job Description and Person Specification is available on our website but in summary, the following is required:

  • Relevant conservation, ecological and land management experience and qualifications.
  • Proven skills in managing people and leading a team
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • A proven track record of managing large and complex sites and delivering objectives
  • Contract management experience
  • An understanding and experience of working with and around livestock (cattle and ponies) and setting grazing regimes to meet conservation objectives
  • Extensive experience of practical, hands on, estate management.
  • Experience of working with Agri-Environment Schemes
  • Demonstrable experience of managing sites with public access, carefully balancing the needs of conservation, wildlife, and people.
  • Very good task leadership skills, and experience of making and implementing effective decisions.
  • Proven ability to manage risks, compliance and health and safety on sites.
  • A passion for wildlife and nature conservation, with excellent communication skills.

As part of the Trust’s bold new strategy to help nature recover – Wilder 2030 – we see our nature reserves as vital nodes in the ‘nature recovery network’. We have set ourselves a goal of doubling our estate in ten years and are campaigning for 30% of land and sea to be restored for wildlife. It is an exciting time to be joining the Trust!


  • Pension​: Contributory pension of 6% from the Trust and employee contribution of 2%
  • Holidays: 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays each year. Your holiday entitlement will increase with your length of service to a maximum of 30 days per year.
  • ​Health and Wellbeing: We offer enhanced sick pay above your statutory entitlement, and an Employee Assistance Programme that includes face-to-face counselling sessions.
  • Learning and development: We commit to ensuring that our employees have the skills, knowledge and experience they need in order to excel at their role. We recognise talent and actively support professional training and career development

​For more information and to apply, please visit our website

Closing Date: 16/09/2021  Location: Southampton

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