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Natural England

Nature Recovery Lead Adviser

Salary: £26,224
Working pattern: Full-time, Part-time
Number of posts: 7
This position is based in Kendal, Penrith

Job description

Do you have a passion for nature and the environment? Do you want to make a real difference and secure significant environmental gains in the present and the future? Do you enjoy working in a team? Can you see yourself advising communities and customers to maximise gains for the Natural Environment?

If this appeals to you, a career at Natural England offers rewarding opportunities to secure environmental improvements and play your part in creating a better future for people and nature.

The priority work Natural England is delivering includes:

  • Establishing a Nature Recovery Network to help wildlife thrive
  • Monitoring environmental changes to identify and help reduce the effects of climate change
  • Working with farmers and landowners to develop greener food production methods
  • Advising on plans for new developments to maximise gains for nature
  • Providing ways for people to better connect with nature, including green social prescribing

We are the Government’s advisor for the natural environment, playing a vital role in delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, an ambitious vision which brings new opportunities to protect and enhance and to achieve real outcomes for the environment.

Find out more about the work of Natural England here


Wherever possible Natural England accommodates requests for both full-time and part-time hours and other flexible working patterns to help employees achieve a good work/life balance and maintain their health and wellbeing.

Natural England provides excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development tailored to your role. From induction to ongoing learning and development, everyone in Natural England is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. Everyone has 10 days to devote to personal learning and development, as well as an additional 3 days to volunteer.

You will have access to Civil Service Pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances (33 day per year pro rata), as well as flexible working, to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.

You will have access to a range of benefits including discounts on shopping vouchers, cycle to work scheme, and childcare vouchers. You can also join the Civil Service Sport club which offer discounts on a range of sports and leisure opportunities as well as social events.

Natural England is a fantastic place to work, where difference is celebrated.

We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Our shared values help us work together to benefit the communities we serve. Our thriving employee-led diversity networks support our inclusive culture and contribute to our Diversity Action Plan.


Natural England is adopting hybrid working – which means that our staff will work from a flexible range of locations, encompassing home, offices (ours and our partners) and relevant sites. All new staff will be formally linked to one of our 25 offices across England and the expectation is that all new staff will be able to access their local office to be part of the community of staff in their geographic area. Staff members are required to carry out all their duties working in this way and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time. Travel expenses will be paid if work related travel is required but does not apply to travel between home and your associated office.

These roles are based within the Cumbria Team where we have offices in Kendal and Penrith. There will be travel involved to both internal meetings and external meetings throughout Cumbria and occasional travel to other offices and overnight stays.

View a map of our office locations here

Introducing the Cumbria Area Team

The Cumbria area team has an ambitious plan to drive creation of a nature recovery network, help people connect people better with nature, and provide nature conservation and landscape advice across the county. The team is organised to provide technical advice in the different areas of our work, combining a deep understanding of Cumbria’s biodiversity and culture-rich landscapes with the ability to initiate and sustain effective partnerships. We have a collaborative ethos and seek to maximise delivery by integrating our skills, expertise and influence with that held by our partners, to deliver across the county.

The team covers a variety of biodiverse and culture-rich landscapes including the Lake District National Park, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Solway Coast and Arnside and Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and parts of the Northern Pennines AONB. The quality of our environment underpins the region’s food, farming and tourism industries alongside its cultural heritage, with many farming businesses and supported by Agri-Environment agreements. We work closely with owners, tenants, and commons associations to maximise the environmental benefits delivered by these agreements as we prepare for the introduction of future farming schemes.

The team is responsible for delivering environmental outcomes across Cumbria and out into the Irish Sea. We have designated five Marine Conservation Zones around the Cumbrian coast, including Allonby Bay, which is also out for consultation as a Highly Protected Marine Area. On land, the team manage a suite of NNR’s across the county which provide further opportunities for research and connecting with nature.

We also engage with stakeholders on 140,000ha of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in the county to protect and enhance these sites. Our provision of marine and planning advice further protects these sites. This, together with our other partnership work, helps support our ambitious plans to build a Nature Recovery Network and work at landscape scale in our work to support species recovery and enhance biodiversity. Nature Recovery Network 

Job description

The Roles

We are recruiting four permanent Lead Adviser roles to the Cumbria Area Team. These Nature Recovery roles will support the implementation of our Nature Recovery Network plans. Each role will use different mechanisms to work with partners and stakeholders to help deliver nature recovery. This could be advising on management and enhancement of protected sites, supporting species recovery plans, developing Agri-Environment schemes or using other funding to support and enhance the Nature Recovery Network.

We are looking for individuals with the right knowledge, skills, and experience to develop these roles. You may have an understanding of land management for environmental outcomes, a knowledge of farming systems and examples of influencing land managers through negotiation.

Alternatively, you may have a range of habitat management experience, or species conservation work, and negotiation skills which you’ve used to provide technical advice on conservation and nature recovery, particularly on protected sites.

Previous experience of agri-environmental schemes such as Environmental Stewardship or Countryside Stewardship would be highly advantageous.

In all posts you need to be able to work independently, but also be an effective team player; You will develop projects and cultivate effective working relationships that can make a real difference in the natural environment.

Successful candidates must have:

  • A degree in an environmental discipline or significant experience of working in the environmental sector
  • Ecological knowledge of one or more habitats or species groups, and practical knowledge of management of these; or practical knowledge and experience of advising on rural land management
  • An ability to learn new procedures in order to fulfil the tasks relevant to the post
  • Experience of and ability in applying effective communication skills (verbal and written) in conveying complex and/or difficult messages/concepts to multiple audiences.
  • A proven ability to collaborate effectively and to work in partnership, both internally and externally.

Key tasks across these roles:

In these roles you will contribute to the nature recovery network in Cumbria by delivering a number of these key tasks, according to your skills and experience. You will work with land managers and stakeholders to deliver habitat improvements and species recovery projects.

You may work directly with farmers / land managers to assess their current agri-environment schemes, plan and develop future schemes via implementation and feasibility studies and accurately signpost to alternative schemes.

Alternatively, you may work collaboratively to provide advice and recommendations to colleagues and partners on how to manage and improve the Nature Recovery Network. This would be through building partnerships and proactively developing habitat enhancement opportunities or commenting on plans or projects affecting protected sites.

A proportion of your time will be spent out of the office to assess and monitor sites, to review the suitability and impact of proposed agreements, or to plan partnership projects.

How to apply

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Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 26th September 2022

Closing Date: 26/09/2022  Location: Kendal, Penrith

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