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Farm Adviser - Catchment Sensitive Farming - Natural England

Logo: Natural England


Various locations

At Natural England, we advise the UK Government on the natural environment. We’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive. From advising farmers on sustainable land management, to gathering and analysing environmental data, and promoting health and wellbeing through the great outdoors, we love what we do. Join us and you’ll be part of an inclusive, motivated and ambitious team, committed to achieving results for our environment, for everyone.

Visitor Experience Officer - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: Exe Estuary
Benefits: Pension, 26 days Annual Leave , Life Assurance
Hours: Permanent, Part-Time at 22.5 hours per week
We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated person to join our team as our Visitor Experience Officer.
The five RSPB nature reserves are wetlands for their wintering waders and wildfowl. Main habitats are grasslands and habitats and species that inhabit them.

Regional Officer Southwest - BASC

Logo: BASC

(Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Dorset & Cornwall)

Starting salary circa £30,000pa plus company vehicle

Location: Home-Based

BASC is the largest sporting shooting organisation in the UK, serving a growing membership of circa 150,000 and a wide variety of stakeholder and public interests. It acts as a representative body for sporting shooting - fostering opportunity, safety, high standards and wildlife conservation. BASC is looking for an individual with wide ranging shooting experience who will deliver membership engagement and recruitment activities.

Operative - Landscaping Team - Cormac Solutions

Logo: Cormac Solutions

Salary: £22,249

Working Hours: 37

Contract Type: Permanent

Cormac is proud of the services it provides to Cornwall Council, in preserving and maintaining Countryside sites, multi-use trails, coastal footpaths and public rights of way. To help further improve our standards we are seeking to recruit a skilled person, to join a busy team in Scorrier. This role is for an Operative, working in a team on projects to improve, repair, renovate and construct infrastructure such as wooden bridges, fencing, stiles, boardwalks and footpaths across the Countryside & Environment Service assets.

Slapton Line Adaptation Manager - South Hams District Council

Logo: South Hams District Council

Region: South West

Sectors: ‘Countryside’ & ‘Community and Volunteers’

Contract length: 2 years fixed term contract

Salary details: £32,234 - £35,745 per annum

We are looking for a dynamic project manager skilled in partnership working, keen to make a real difference and leave a positive legacy with our coastal communities and for our natural environment. This is a rare opportunity to work for the Slapton Line Partnership, at a pivotal time when coastal management is firmly in the spotlight and real solutions are needed to adapt to the effects of climate change.

Green Space Development Officer - East Devon District Council

Logo: East Devon District Council

£25,991 - £28,672 per year

Sidmouth and Exmouth

Full time permanent

We are looking for an experienced horticulturalist who shares our passion for parks and green spaces as places for people to use and enjoy. Your role will be to design, develop and implement planting / landscaping schemes for the districts’ award winning parks and gardens; together with responsibility of engaging and nurturing local community and volunteer groups to help enhance and improve our parks and green spaces in a sustainable way.

Deputy Lead Groundsperson - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Logo: Bridgwater & Taunton College

Salary: £17,752 - £18,637 per annum

Location: Cannington Campus, TA5 2LS

To allocate, supervise and oversee the work of the Grounds Team at the College campuses as agreed with the Lead Groundsperson. To work within the Grounds Team undertaking general maintenance and development of the College Grounds at the College campuses as agreed with the Lead Groundsperson.

Assistant Ranger x 2 - North Devon - National Trust

Logo: National Trust

Salary £18298 - Fixed Term Contract - 37.5 hours a week

We are looking for two assistant rangers to support our nature recovery and peoples access to nature ambitions. We are looking for two individuals who are passionate about nature and want to make a difference for people and climate change. Please indicate in your application your preference of role.

Seasonal Assistant Ecologist - Tyler Grange

Logo: Tyler Grange

6 month contract

Salary: £20,000pa plus Higher Cost Living Allowance if applicable

Tyler Grange Group Limited is recruiting a number of Seasonal Ecologists for all of its office locations.

Our busy and talented ecology team requires some graduate/seasonal ecologists to assist during the survey Season in 2022. The successful applicants could be working from any of our 5 offices (Cotswolds, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Exeter) but would have a designated office base from which you will primarily be working

Area Ranger - Somerset - National Trust

Logo: National Trust

Salary £24,371 - £25,927 pa (depending on experience) - Permanent contract - 37.5 hours a week

We are looking for an Area Ranger to join our team in Somerset, to help manage a team of volunteers and coordinate countryside work across Mid-Somerset. You will work alongside other departments in the property team to develop work programmes to deliver our site management plans.

You will play a key role in undertaking day to day engagement and conservation work as well as involvement in project delivery.

Rural Estate Warden - Duchy of Cornwall

Logo: Duchy of Cornwall

Based on the Duchy’s impressive 27,300-hectare Estate, this new, exciting and varied role requires a knowledgeable and enthusiastic person to help manage our highly designated landholding.

An empathy with the challenges of balancing differing land uses, including farming, conservation, public access and military training, is essential, as is a strong and practical interest in the countryside

Gardener - Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Logo: Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Full Time, Permanent – Five days per week - £20,000 (+ pension)

Do you have a passion for gardening? A fantastic opportunity has become available to join the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust team, as gardener for Cockington Country Park. The country park consists of 30 acres of formal park, a walled Memorial Rose Garden and a number of herbaceous borders.

Grow Wilder Grower Engagement Officer - Avon Wildlife Trust

Logo: Avon Wildlife Trust

Part-time: 0.8 FTE

Permanent Position

Salary band: £22,000-£26,300 pro rata

Location: Bristol

Do you have a passion for nature, habitats and the environment? Do you have a good understanding of ecology, conservation, landscapes and habitats and experience working with community groups and volunteers? Avon Wildlife Trust has an exciting opportunity at our Grow Wilder site and we would love to hear from you.

Rights of Way Area Warden - Somerset County Council

Logo: Somerset County Council

£22,183 - £25,481 per annum

Full Time / Fixed term contract until 31 March 2022.


Interested in public rights of way? Already a team of 25, we’re looking for a Temporary Area Warden until the end of March 2022, with a possibility of further extension, to help keep the extensive public rights of way network open and easy to use. This role has arisen due to the increase in reported issues following increased use of the path network. As a Temporary Rights of Way Area Warden you would be the focal point for all rights of way and open access enquiries/ issues for a specific part of Somerset.

Rights of Way Area Warden - Somerset County Council

Logo: Somerset County Council

£22,183 - £25,481 per annum

Full Time / Permanent


Interested in public rights of way? Already a team of 25, we’re looking for a new Area Warden to help keep the extensive public rights of way network open and easy to use. You would be the focal point for all rights of way and open access enquiries/ issues for the central area of Somerset, investigating and dealing with issues to a conclusion, identifying appropriate options for addressing breaches of relevant legislation and arranging for necessary works to be undertaken.

Outdoor Facilities Supervisor - Swanage - National Trust

Logo: National Trust

Salary £20721 - Permanent contract - 37.5 hours a week

We are looking for an Outdoor Facilities Supervisor to join our team at Studland Bay, to help deliver exemplary site presentation, maintenance, and an all-round excellent visitor experience.

This will include leading on practical tasks to help deliver our site management plan, which could vary from maintaining site presentation, to planning and constructing infrastructure, conducting invasive species removal and vegetation clearance, or patrolling the site to ensure visitor safety and enjoyment.

Environmental Youth Worker - Young Somerset

Logo: Young Somerset

Hours: 37 hours per week including some weekends and some evenings

Salary: £21,959 per annum

Contract: Permanent

Young Somerset is looking for an enthusiastic and flexible Environmental Youth Worker to join its Alternative Provision team as a specialist youth worker. You will have a keen interest in working with young people and helping them grow and learn as well as knowledge and experience of conservation and environmental education.

Angling and Facilities Warden - South West Lakes

Logo: South West Lakes Trust

Dartmoor (Based at Burrator Reservoir)

Full time 40 hours per week

Responsible to Visitor Experience Manager (Dartmoor)

As an essential part of the broader Visitor Experience Team of staff and volunteers on Dartmoor, you will take the lead in managing safe, welcoming and inspirational access to outdoor recreation opportunities, our land and facilities at Burrator reservoir (and the other lakes in our Dartmoor area).

Woodland Manager / Consultant - Oakbank Game & Conservation Trust

Logo: Oakbank Game and Conservation Ltd

Cotswolds Office

Oakbank Game & Conservation Ltd is looking to recruit a woodland manager / consultant to its expanding consultancy team. Based in the Cotswolds at our Chipping Norton office, the successful candidate will join a dynamic team of consultants delivering all aspects of high-quality woodland and tree asset management across Mid and Southern England.

Forest Craftsperson - East Devon - Forestry England

Logo: Forestry England

Salary: £21,998-£22,396

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Smoky Bottom Lodge, Staple Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5BN

This is a unique opportunity to join our dedicated Land Management Team in the West England Forest District, responsible for the sustainable management of over 36,500ha of the public forest estate in the West and South-West of England. To help maintain and enhance the Public Forest Estate within the East Devon beat, using a full range of practical forestry and countryside skills. Actively maintain productive relationships with a variety of stakeholders and represent Forestry England during day to day tasks throughout the forest.

Volunteer Co-ordinator - Carymoor Environmental Trust

Logo: Carymoor Environmental Trust

1-year contract

4 days / 30 hours a week

£22,500 pro rata

Carymoor Environmental Trust is an environmental education charity based outside Castle Cary in Somerset. Our unique site has a working Waste Transfer Station and a nature reserve created on a restored landfill site. We offer a broad range of environmental education to schools, community groups, and families to promote sustainable living. We have 5000 visitors each year who come to us for school trips, adult education courses, volunteering, and family events. This role will involve reviewing potential volunteer opportunities and promoting them, helping to expand our volunteer team. It will also involve inducting new volunteers and measuring the benefits of their work on their health and wellbeing.

Conservation & Access Trainee (4 posts) - Dartmoor National Park Authority

Logo: Dartmoor National Park Authority

Grade 3, £20,092 per annum

37 hours per week

12 month fixed-term contract

Dartmoor National Park Authority is the body that oversees the vibrant, living, working landscape and community that is Dartmoor. We help to conserve and enhance the biodiversity, cultural heritage and landscape of Dartmoor and provide opportunities for people to enjoy the countryside as well as supporting our local communities and the rural economy. We are now looking for four Conservation & Access Trainees to join us for 12 months.

Ranger (Kickstart placement) - Magdalen Environmental Trust

6 - month job, working 25 hours per week.

We are pleased to present this opportunity for a young person eligible for the Kickstart programme, as part of our new Rewilding programme.

The main duties are: Maintain and mow / strim paths; Maintain accessibility; Maintenance of low ropes course, gates, steps, outdoor education spaces etc; Monitor wildlife signs and levels in the river; Soil testing; Removal of invasive species such as Himalayan balsam; Installation of nest boxes and other habitat features.

Senior and Principal Ecologists - The Environmental Dimension Partnership

Logo: EDP

We are seeking personable, innovative and proactive ecologists at Senior and Principal grades, to join our EDP Ecology Team! You will be based out of our Cirencester, Cheltenham or Cardiff offices, and benefit from working with a multidisciplinary consultancy team whilst providing technical project management across a range of project sizes, types and complexities.

Nature Conservation Estate Workers - Green Mantle (Ecosophy) Limited

Logo: Green Mantle (Ecosophy) Limited

Location: Bristol & Bath, Mendip Hills & Somerset Levels.

40 hours/wk. Early October 2021 - end March 2022. Possibly longer and career progression. Mileage allowance. £18,500p/a pro rata

Ideal opportunities for those passionate about nature and starting out in the conservation industry. Gain invaluable experience of countryside management and discover extensive networking possibilities. Join our small dynamic team undertaking felling, coppicing, tree surgery, fencing, wildlife pond construction, footpath maintenance and scrub clearance, mainly on SSSIs.

Nature Recovery Project Manager - The Parks Foundation

Logo; The Parks Foundation

Salary: £27,000 per annum

Terms: Fixed term until 31 January 2023 (with the potential for extension if funding permits). 37.5 hours a week; 30 hours a week may be considered

You will lead the transformation of eight parks across Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole to support the creation of a nature recovery network using your knowledge and experience of conservation and / or ecological management.

Senior Farm Advisor - The Westcountry Rivers Trust

Logo: Westcountry Rivers Trust

Salary of up to £30,000 per annum

Callington, Cornwall (with home working and regular travel to catchment)

Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) is an environmental charity dedicated to restoring and protecting the region’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas. We’re now looking for a Senior Farm Advisor to join our Land Team on a full-time basis, working 37.5 hours per week.

As a Senior Farm Advisor, you will identify and develop opportunities at farm and catchment level that will contribute to improving the region’s water environment. Initially, you will be focused on delivering the CPES (Channel Payments for Ecosystem Service) Project until Spring 2022 before moving on to deliver other projects.

Land Management and Machinery Teacher - Kingston Maurward College

Hours: 33.3 hours per week (0.9 fraction) which is 4.5 days per week, Monday – Friday with flexibility to meet business needs

Salary: £18,684 - £21,638.70 per annum (£20,760 - £24,043 per annum pro rata) which is point L4b – L7c on the Academic Staff Salary Scale - depending on skills and teaching experience. A market pay supplement of up to £3,000 per annum may be available to reflect this skills shortage area.

To support the delivery of a high-quality learning experience for learners wishing to develop their education and careers in countryside management and agriculture.

For this role, we are looking for an enthusiastic, talented and self-motivated person to teach level 2 and 3 agriculture land and wildlife and countryside students.