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National Trust

Countryside Manager

Location: Slindon Estate

Reference/IRC: IRC135730

Closing Date: 26-Mar-2023

Salary: £35,022 per annum


We’re looking for a Countryside Manager to lead our three countryside teams and conservation management across the South Downs Portfolio. The three teams cover over 40 sites across the South Downs. From Harting in the west, to Black Down in the north to Crowlink and Birling Gap in the east and two big estates at Slindon and Woolbeding. A rare opportunity to lead for habitats as varied as cliffs and beaches, woodland, heathland and chalk downland.

This is a permanent role and you’ll be a key part of the South Downs Leadership Team – providing Countryside leadership for the portfolio. The role will also be involved in nature recovery projects managing project managers working on increasing the biodiversity of our land and farms. We want people to understand and enjoy our landscapes, heritage and wildlife so the role includes improving peoples’ connection with nature through physical and digital access. Welcoming everyone.

What it's like to work here

You'll lead a team of around 15 people based across the South Downs including Lead Rangers and Project Managers.

Working with various internal and external consultants with a wide range of specialisms, you’ll enjoy significant development opportunities that help grow your knowledge and confidence in the countryside sector.

The team in the South Downs pride themselves on determination and resilience, finding simple solutions to complicated problems. The whole team are passionate about wildlife recovery and creating connections with nature.

What you'll be doing

You'll lead your team in managing our sites, improving access, delivering conservation projects, and engaging with our visitors outdoors. Working in partnership with a range of organisations at a strategic level, you'll be planning for a future landscape.

Please also read the full role profile

Who we're looking for

  • Understanding of nature conservation, and public land management
  • Ability to create a positive team culture, where diverse opinions are respected
  • Project and budget management skills
  • Ability to demonstrate where you’ve delivered change and results across a fast-paced agenda
  • Effective negotiating, influencing and communication skills

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Closing Date: 26/03/2023  Location: Slindon Estate

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