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National Trust

Head of Countryside Management

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Could you be our next Head of Countryside Management for our stunning Surrey Hills portfolio? Are you a committed and enthusiastic leader with a experience in nature conservation, ecology and wider countryside management? We are looking for a Countryside Manager to lead our energetic and forward-thinking team to deliver our vision.

This a rare opportunity to take a leading role in a beautiful part of the country and an area that is extremely important for wildlife and landscapes. You'll lead and inspire your ranger team, as well as our many staff and volunteers together with wider stakeholder and partner organisations, in how they can also play their part in restoring a beautiful, healthy, and natural environment.

Salary range for this role is £32,000 - to £42,000 depending on your experience and fit for the role

Internally this role is known as Countryside Manager

Surrey Hills is a large Countryside portfolio located in Surrey and within 20 minutes of the outskirts of South London. It comprises of 5000 Hectares spread over different properties mainly within the Surrey Hills AONB.

The sites are spread across Surrey from Frensham Ponds in the West to Limpsfield Common in the East of the County. Some 3000 hectares of land have SSSI, SPA or SAC protection mostly for Heathland, Chalk Downland and Ancient Woodland.

The Surrey Hills portfolio includes Box Hill and Hindhead Commons- some of the busiest countryside sites in the country, being close to London and located in the South East of England.

Reporting to the General Manager, and as part of the Management team, you'll play a strategic role in the future of the portfolio. Leading your countryside team, you will develop and deliver plans for nature conservation at a landscape scale across the portfolio including wildlife management, visitor access, community engagement and working with the farming community.

You'll be responsible for strategic planning and the operational day-to-day delivery of everything related to the countryside management on our properties.

We're looking for someone who has:

  • A background in conservation, ecology, land management or forestry
  • Experience in motivating, inspiring and leading people
  • Experience in balancing conservation, access, presentation and visitor engagement
  • Experience in delivering complex partnership working
  • Safety and compliance experience
  • The ability to manage budgets of 100k + and identifying new commercial income streams

For more information and to apply click here

Closing Date: 23/01/2022  Location: Dorking, Surrey

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