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Escrick Park Estate

Conservation Lead


Escrick Park Estate is a 7,000 acre lowland estate located to the south of York. It already has a strong reputation for its conservation focus including its management of Skipwith Common NNR, its participation in multiple Agri-Environment Schemes, its links to The Woodmeadow Trust and its involvement in the ongoing BNG Pilot amongst many other activities. The Estate is however aspiring to go much further, becoming a leader in conservation and farming enterprises.

We are seeking to employ a new Conservation Lead as we undertake a reshaping of our land use policy. This is an opportunity to join a progressive landowner, spend time in the field, and help chart, develop and implement bold new projects potentially including large scale wetland creation, woodland planting, unimproved grassland enhancement and creation, parkland restoration and regenerative farming practices.

This individual would initially focus on multiple aspects of the Estate's conservation work including but not limited to:

  • Managing several existing and implementing new Agri-Environment Schemes
  • Liaising with Natural England and others on the management of Skipwith Common NNR
  • Oversight of shepherd, a flock of Hebridean sheep and small herd of Longhorn cattle
  • Administering a local farmers group established by the Estate
  • Developing, and later implementing, the future land use policy

As our conservation work grows in time, it is likely that this role may be supported by further staff members and will take on more management responsibility, with opportunities for growth.

Candidates would ideally have the following skills:

  • Strong people and communication skills
  • An ability to get on with a variety of key stakeholders, from traditional farmers to conservationists to statutory authorities
  • Excellent teamwork skills and capable of taking leadership among groups
  • Good time management skills and an ability to quickly switch between different tasks
  • Good IT skills, including GIS proficiency or the willingness to learn
  • Ability to self-motivate, structure their own agenda and work diligently
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of new funding streams: BNG, carbon sequestration, ELMS and private sector opportunities, etc
  • Knowledge of both traditional and low-intervention conservation, and an enthusiasm for the concepts regenerative/conservation agriculture
  • An understand of conservation grazing
  • Broad understanding of woodland management and creation

Candidates would ideally have the following experience:

  • An Undergraduate or Master's degree in Conservation, Wildlife Management, Ecology, Zoology or similar
  • Five or more years' experience in a conservation-focused role
  • Two or more years' experience of managing and applying for Agri-Environment Schemes

Employment details:

  • Full-time
  • Salary of £28-32k per annum, based on experience
  • Start in early 2022

Application details

If you would like to apply for the role, please prepare a CV and a paragraph answering each of the following questions (max 300 words for each question):

  1. Why would you like the role?
  2. What would you bring to the role?

The deadline for applications is 28th November 2021. Please submit applications to Rachel Andrews:

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Closing Date: 28/11/2021  Location: York

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