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Surrey Wildlife Trust

Senior Reserves and Project Officer

Central Surrey
Salary up to £28,000 pa (dependent on experience)

Do you possess a passion to enthuse others about nature and have experience in leading volunteer groups and managing contractors? Do you love project work and want to develop it further?

If so, we would love you to join our Reserves Management team.

The Senior Reserves and Project Officer position is a diverse varied role. Largely working outdoors, no two days will be the same. This includes leading volunteers and contractors to ensure required works across our land are undertaken in line with approved management plans whilst meeting our statutory and contractual obligations. Reserves officers work together across three geographical areas (with interesting and diverse habitats) to manage projects/contractors and create links with local communities. An ability to adapt and manage a diverse portfolio of work is essential. As a Senior Reserves Officer, you’ll be leading on your own work and your own sites; managing the volunteer work party programme, contractors and external works.

This role sits within our Central Team which covers a beautiful mix of sites, predominantly chalk grassland. These sites are home to fascinating wildlife such as rare orchids, Chalkhill blue and Small blue butterflies. We are looking for someone who will be excited to work in these areas and improve them for these incredible species.

In this role you will have the unique opportunity to work on the HLF funded Hedgerow Heritage Project; you’ll have the opportunity to work with external partners, develop events and activities, run hedge planting and laying work parties and develop social media content.

You must have some previous experience of successfully working with volunteers and the ability to inspire others in nature conservation. Knowledge and understanding of working to management plans and agri-environment schemes would be advantageous. An out-going, personable and friendly personality with the ability to work with a wide range of people is essential, coupled with a passion for the natural joy of nature. There is lots of opportunity for development and training, we want to get the right candidate for the role and will offer additional training where needed.

A driving licence is essential as our locations cannot all be easily accessed by public transport.

We are committed to having an inclusive and diverse workplace and encourage applications from backgrounds which may be underrepresented in our sector, including people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We aim to offer an interview to all candidates that meet the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustment to make our recruitment process more accessible; recruitment will be in person unless covid guidance recommends otherwise.

Please apply using the Application Form on our website to Katy Fielding, Conservation Manager – Central by midday 30th September 2022. Interviews will be held week commencing 3rd October.

Surrey Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts across the UK, a grassroots movement working to protect and connect at least 30 per cent of land and sea for nature's recovery by 2030.

Closing Date: 30/09/2022  Location: Central Surrey

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