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Devon Wildlife Trust

South West Wildcat Officer

Salary: £28,258pa (60% pro-rata) plus 7% pension
Closing date: Sunday 11 December

Would you like to be at the forefront of a radical species recovery programme and play a pivotal role in reversing the fortunes of Britain’s rarest mammal - the European wildcat?

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) is Devon’s leading wildlife conservation charity, with over 36,000 members, 350 regular volunteers, 100 staff and 63 nature reserves. We are one of the larger locally based organisations that collectively make up The Wildlife Trusts. DWT has pioneered the reintroduction of beavers in England and the restoration of internationally rare habitats like Culm Grassland.

Wildcats were once found throughout mainland Britain, their extinction in England and Wales hastened by hunting and habitat loss. A preliminary ecological reintroduction feasibility study has been carried out by Vincent Wildlife Trust. This concluded that there are regions which warrant further exploration for reintroduction, including the South West of England (Devon in particular), as well North and West Wales.

This exciting and unique role will deliver the feasibility phase for wildcat reintroduction in the South West. This will involve ecological and social impact assessments, alongside comprehensive audience engagement. The successful candidate will be supported by a wide range of partners and advisors including Derek Gow Consultancy, Wildwood Trust, Forestry England, and the University of Exeter. If successful, the project will move into development and delivery phases – the outcome being resilient wildcat populations and reinvigorated woodland ecosystems.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Agile working arrangements including home working
  • Flexitime system
  • Salary progression (subject to satisfactory performance)
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Death in Service cover
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Training and development opportunities


This is a part-time (22.5 hours per week) fixed term appointment for 18 months based at Cricklepit Mill.

Interviews are being held on Wednesday 21 December.

We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and abilities who meet the essential criteria for this role. We are an inclusive organisation that is seeking to involve more diverse audiences in our work.

You can download an application pack from our website

DWT is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment.

Registered Charity Number no 213224

Closing Date: 11/12/2022  Location: Cricklepit Mill

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