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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Curlew Partnership Director

WWT Slimbridge; out posted arrangements are also possible
37.5 hours per week
£36,000 per annum

This is a one-year contract, reflecting currently secured funding. However, the Curlew Recovery Partnership is a long-term endeavour, and we will be seeking further funding to allow continuation of the partnership and the director role beyond this.

The England Curlew Recovery Partnership is looking for an outstanding conservationist and network builder who can manage this transformative partnership.

The Eurasian Curlew is arguably the most pressing bird conservation priority in the UK; more than that it has unparalleled importance as a symbol of Britain’s wild places. An extraordinary conservation effort to save the curlew is under way, and there is hope that in bringing back this much-loved species we can recover the fortunes of much of our nature.

The Curlew Recovery Partnership works to help secure the future for the Curlew. The partnership builds on the existing informal network of projects and individuals working successfully at a local level, connecting them at a national level to other projects, conservation NGOs and Government agencies.

The Partnership Director post is hosted by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust on behalf of the partnership. The partnership steering group, which is chaired by the author and campaigner Mary Colwell, will agree your work-programme and you will have the opportunity to work closely with a broad range of leading conservation organisations.

Your role will be to mobilise and co-ordinate the existing resources across the partners, and among grassroots conservationists in the form of farmers, land managers, practitioners, gamekeepers, volunteers and all those that have a passion for Curlews in England. You will help ensure that Curlew conservation is informed by new scientific evidence and that Curlew projects are informed by best practice. You will influence national conservation strategy to reflect the needs of Curlews. You will be an experienced conservationist, adept at building links between scientists, government decision-makers, local communities and land-managers. The successful candidate will be at the heart of one of the most high profile conservation initiatives in Britain, and will need to be inspiring, collaborative, diplomatic and energetic.

* Curlew Action, Defra, Natural England, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the RSPB, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the British Trust for Ornithology, Natural England, Curlew Country, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Bolton Castle Estate.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Life assurance
  • Free parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres

For more information, and to apply for the role, please click here  

Closing date: 30th November 2022
Interview date: 8th / 9th December 2022

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410

Closing Date: 30/11/2022  Location: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucester

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