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Dartmoor National Park Authority

Southwest Peatland Partnership – Dartmoor Headwaters Officer (Peatland Restoration)

Grade 5: £27,741 - £32,234 per annum

Full time 37 hours per week

3 year fixed-term contract

About us

The climate and nature crises require comprehensive, bold solutions and urgent action in order to reverse the accelerating decline that nature and society now faces. In response, Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) has recently launched an ambitious new nature enhancement strategy based around the restoration of natural processes at a catchment scale.

Core to this is the health of Dartmoor’s rivers, peatlands and wetlands, which we are aiming to enhance for multiple environmental and societal benefits through the Southwest Peatland Partnership Dartmoor Headwaters Programme. This represents the next phase of an ambitious initiative funded principally by Natural England to restore the blanket bogs and mires across the south west’s three largest moorlands: Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor.

About the post

The South West Peatland Partnership (SWPP) is looking for someone to work as part of an expanding team, to build on the previous restoration successes and deliver ambitious peatland restoration targets over the next three years. The post holder will work as part of the DNPA Headwaters team and part of a wider Southwest Water delivery team that work across the three moors.

The postholder will deliver peatland restoration projects within the headwaters of priority catchments in line with the SWPP aims and DNPA’s Nature Enhancement pledge. They will work closely with specialists, landowners and commoners to develop detailed restoration plans tailored to each site.

The Dartmoor Headwaters Officer will work with the team to produce specifications and tender documents, recruit and manage contractors and oversee the delivery and monitoring of peatland restoration works and other contracts in line with agreed plans. They will promote and advocate the project to a range of audiences and communicate the implementation and effects of the restoration programme.

About you

Ideally you will have knowledge and practical experience of undertaking peatland restoration, worked extensively with contractors and a have good understanding of upland and wetland ecology. You will have an understanding of rural issues, demonstrable experience of working with upland farmers and landowners, plus a track-record of delivering environmental outcomes.

Although a background in peatland restoration is preferable, a critical part of the role involves good communications, ability to liaise confidently with contractors and farmers and strong project management. A love of the outdoors is essential as significant periods of the year will be spent on the high moors in sometimes challenging conditions.

When applying for this post please highlight your suitability by referring to the essential and desirable requirements set out in the Person Specification. This information will be used in deciding those to be shortlisted

The post is based at the Authority’s head office at Parke, Bovey Tracey, and Princetown, but will involve travel to other sites within the National Park. The Authority operates flexible working hours and is a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Chris Giles (Head of Conservation and Land Management) on

Closing Date: 6th December 2021 (12 noon)

Interview Date: 14th and 16th December 2021

To apply please visit our website at:

Dartmoor National Park Authority is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Closing Date: 06/12/2021  Location: Parke, Bovey Tracey, and Princetown

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