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North Devon UNESCO Biosphere

Coastal Habitat Consultant

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere is an important meeting place of rich natural and cultural heritage in a stunning world-class environment from dunes, grassland and moors, towns and villages to 12 miles beyond Lundy Island into the Bristol Channel. It stretches over 3,500 sq. km and includes over 150, 000 people in the local population. Our UNESCO Biosphere celebrates life by recognising the connections between people and nature. As part of the global MAB network, our Biosphere provides an open forum for bringing people together with their natural surroundings, to empower them to unlock their potential and using their local and scientific knowledge to model solutions for sustainable living.

The North Devon UNESCO Biosphere is also a vibrant landscape for scientific research and is host to a number of ecological pilots.

Twinned with the Malindi-Watumu Biosphere Reserve on the Kenyan coast, we are proud to be a part of the wider UNESCO family. The Biosphere network has 735 sites worldwide, cover 5% of the earth’s surface and have 250m people living in them.

Project background: The North Devon Coordinated response for Intertidal Taw Torridge Estuary Restoration (CRITTER) project is part of a 6 year plan aiming to improve water quality and biodiversity within the Taw Torridge Estuary. Plans include restoration of intertidal habitat by removing historic flood defences within the estuary; protecting the shell fishery, and relieving morphological pressures on the tidal prism associated with long-standing physical modification of the estuary and its floodplain.

The CRITTER partnership will be led by the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere, who will coordinate the activity of Natural England, University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Swansea University. The project will deliver Water Framework Directive (WFD), Flood Risk Management Plan, Biodiversity 2030, 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP) and Nature Recovery Strategy outcomes.

In meeting our objectives, we will deliver significant natural capital benefits associated with increased biodiversity, reduced flood risk and carbon sequestration. This will be through the uptake of incentives and design of measures. This is voluntary and requires successful engagement with land managers.

Delivery of Service:

  • A key part of this role will be engaging with, supporting and influencing land owners;
  • Commission surveys and feasibility work through specification production, procurement for experiment and monitoring of intertidal habitats;
  • Follow up on designs completed from feasibility studies to improve estuary ecology, restoration and flood defence;
  • Engagement and negotiation with landowners including supporting them to access finance and opportunities to change their business offering which support the objectives of the project;

To liaise with key project partners directly such as the Environment Agency;

  • Advise on Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology (FBG) and flood risk mitigation;
  • Administration and finance: Maintenance of the project web site, budget and financial records for this project; preparation of reports to sponsors and partners;
  • Working closely with and reporting to the Land Management Project Manager.

Why work with us?

Our core values are to celebrate life, empower people, model solutions, and belong together. Through innovation and collective values our mission is to inspire a positive future by connecting people and nature today. We are a movement of people building a future that we can trust.

Invitation to Tender:

The contract will initially run for 18 months. Subject to conditions, this may be renewed or become a permanent position. Applicants must be set up as a Sole Trader/ Limited Company (or willing to set up and evidence prior to interview).

£30,400 pro rata (inclusive of VAT, if applicable)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential/ Desirable

  • Degree/Diploma in related environmental discipline E
  • Good understanding of ecological restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems E
  • Knowledge of geo-morphology and environmental engineering E
  • 2+ years Estuary/ coastal habitat management experience E
  • Member of professional body such as IEMA or CIEEM D
  • Design in ecological restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems E
  • Experienced in landowner engagement and participation E
  • Experienced in influencing change and business skills E
  • Experience in managing contractors including specification, procurement and project management implementation E
  • Experienced in negotiating and managing contracts E
  • Managing budgets and grant claims. Advantage if have experience with DEFRA/ Environment Agency claims E
  • Experience in claiming carbon credits and biodiversity net gain D
  • IT competent including use of MS Office and management of spreadsheets E

How to apply:

Complete online application here 

For further information please contact JOB CODE CRI221

Closing Date: 27/12/2021  Location: North Devon

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