Staff Framework level – Civil Service Lead Advisor Grade HEO (£26,224 pa)
Natural England are seeking a highly motivated, professional individual, with a real passion for nature conservation woodland management, to help form and manage a team to deliver a 5-year conservation project, entitled LIFE in the Ravines. Working across nearly 900 hectares of internationally important woodland sites within the Peak District, the Woodland Restoration Manager role will report to the overall Project Manager whilst working alongside other project staff, including the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve (NNR) team. In the delivery of practical manual woodland conservation work the Woodland Restoration Manager role will line manage a Woodland Restoration Supervisor, two full-time Woodland Workers, in addition to a pool of winter seasonal Woodland Workers. They will also manage and oversee contractors, either working alongside the project team or undertaking independent operations within the project.
The LIFE in the Ravines project is an exciting partnership undertaking, centred within the ravine woodlands of the Peak District Dales Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This pioneering project has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union to restore these ravine woodlands and mitigate the effects of ash dieback. Led by Natural England, the UK Government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, the project partnership comprises of Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.
Role title: Woodland Restoration Manager
Staff framework level: H (Lead Adviser)
Reporting to: Becky Plunkett - Project Manager
Hours per week: Full-time - 37 hours per week
Fixed term appointment: Fixed term appointment until 30th November 2025
Managing and supervising the delivery of site operations by both the project team and external contractors, this role will be wide-ranging - requiring a good practical aptitude, proven experience in Health and Safety and contract management, in addition to excellent team management and communication skills. As well as being a team player you will also need to work independently so will need good initiative, self-motivation and personal effectiveness. To deliver the aims of the project you will need to be physically fit and have the ability to operate safely and effectively in remote locations, as day-to-day tasks will be conducted on steep challenging terrain and require working outside in all weather conditions.
Leading from the front you will be expected to consistently demonstrate initiative and safe working practices, whilst managing, working alongside and supervising staff, contractors and on occasion volunteers. Managing the site team, you will lead on day-to-day supervision of operations, coordinate personnel and resources and plan logistics. You will need to have knowledge and experience in the safe use of tools and machinery associated with delivering manual practical woodland management, namely tree felling, tree planting and aftercare, in addition to instructing and supervising others to do so.
The main tasks associated with the Woodland Restoration Manager role will be:
Flexible working patterns will generally be accommodated unless stated otherwise. The post may involve some work at weekends including bank/privilege holidays and some unsocial hours, but TOIL will be available in these circumstances.
Limited national travel will be required, which will involve some overnight stays and anti-social hours. Natural England encourages staff to travel by public transport wherever this is feasible.
On taking up this post, the post holder will be required to sign a letter allowing Natural England to use their payroll information and request copies of payslips for project claims and audits.
Person specification and competencies required
Evidence required of attaining qualification, or able to demonstrate actively working towards the standard required:
Be decisive, combine your professional judgement with evidence to inform your decision-making. Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience. Address challenging issues and manage conflict
Creating resilient landscapes
Understand and apply appropriate management techniques to maintain or enhance the condition of sites. Identify how a site interacts with the surrounding landscape, habitats and local communities. Assess environmental impacts and identify appropriate avoidance, mitigation and/ or compensation measures.
Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines. Understand and apply relevant policy, legislation, governance frameworks and strategies to your work. Handle data responsibly, understand your role in good governance, and comply with delegations, policies and procedures
Putting people at the heart of the environment
Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners and customers. Collaborate, influence and build trusting relationships to achieve pragmatic outcomes. Understand and explain the outcomes that we seek in your local patch and how these fit in with local and national issues.
Apply risk assessment and safe working practices to everything you do. Manage and deliver your work to meet agreed targets and deadlines.
Becky Plunkett – LIFE in the Ravines Project Manager 07748 147846 email@example.com
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Closing date: 28th June 2021
Closing Date: 28/06/2021 Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire