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The Heart of England Forest

Biodiversity Officer

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity working hard to create a huge new woodland in the heart of the country that will benefit people and wildlife for generations to come. Already the largest new native broadleaf woodland in the country, we take our mission very seriously; it has never been more important to invest in our natural environment. Planting trees and creating new woodlands is no longer just a positive ambition for the country, it’s absolutely essential. It is the simplest solution to help mitigate climate change and create new green spaces that can help reconnect people and communities with nature and the natural environment.

Our goal is to reach 30,000 acres of semi contiguous forest by planting 13 million native broadleaf trees. To date we have planted more than 1.8 million trees. The significance and scale of our work cannot be underestimated: The Heart of England Forest - already the largest new native forest in the country – will become one of the largest forests in the UK.

Not only is our Forest expanding, so, to, is our team. If you share our ambition, we have a number of exciting opportunities for you to join us. The charity is a rewarding place to work and offers its staff a number of benefits.

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Biodiversity Officer - Salary £25,000 plus benefits

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced conservation professional looking for a rewarding role involved in optimising biodiversity within a national charity?

With our changing climate it is now more important than ever to provide nature recovery networks for wildlife on a landscape-scale. The Heart of England Forest is well placed to provide such a haven for wildlife, and for the enjoyment of local people.

Optimising Biodiversity is already a core activity in the Forest. The Forest is a mosaic of habitats, including ancient woodland, new native broadleaf plantations, grassland, wetland, heathland, and farmland. The Forest is a home to many rare and threatened species, such as brown hairstreak and purple emperor butterflies, as well as Red List bird species such as skylark and woodcock. We aspire to create and enhance biodiverse habitats, providing a nature recovery network, to ensure species survival and resilience in the face of our changing climate.

The Biodiversity Officer is responsible for delivering biodiversity enhancement projects within the mosaic of habitats which form the Heart of England Forest. We are looking for someone with habitat creation and enhancement experience, particularly in relation to wetland habitats and natural flood management, who is keen to learn and has a “can do” attitude, and who will be a passionate ambassador for the charity.

The ideal candidate will be a team player, comfortable in delivering biodiversity enhancement projects from development to implementation, drawing up projects, working with and supervising contractors and volunteers.

We would love to hear from an experienced conservation professional able to use their own initiative, looking for their next challenge, who is committed to conservation and enthusiastic about making a positive contribution to landscape-scale conservation.

Closing date: Sunday 9th August 2020

Interview date: Thursday 20th August 2020

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