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Community and Volunteers vacancies: projects looking at community involvement and countryside volunteer recruitment and management.


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Land Operations Manager (South) - John Muir Trust

Logo: John Muir Trust

Salary: £35,000 p.a.

Hours: Full-time (35 hours a week)

Term: Permanent

Location: Home-based with travel to Trust properties and offices, as required

The John Muir Trust is looking for a Land Operations Manager to oversee John Muir Trust property management, partnerships and liaison with communities, in Scotland and the Lake District.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference for wild land. The post will oversee Trust-managed properties at Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Glenlude and Glenridding / Helvellyn including: staff management; budget setting and monitoring; and project development and delivery.

Volunteering and Community Engagement Officer - Vincent Wildlife Trust

Logo: Vincent Wildlife Trust

This is a permanent, full-time role based near Ledbury in Herefordshire.

Do you have a demonstrable commitment to volunteer and community engagement and a passion for mammal conservation?

Vincent Wildlife Trust, a national charity working to deliver significant change to the fortunes of threatened mammals, is offering an opportunity for someone experienced in working both with volunteers in a conservation setting and with local community groups and stakeholders.

Biodiversity Officer - The Heart of England Forest

Logo: The Heart of England Forest

Salary £25,000 plus benefits

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced conservation professional looking for a rewarding role involved in optimising biodiversity within a national charity?

With our changing climate it is now more important than ever to provide nature recovery networks for wildlife on a landscape-scale. The Heart of England Forest is well placed to provide such a haven for wildlife, and for the enjoyment of local people.

Forest Ranger - The Heart of England Forest

Logo: The Heart of England Forest

Salary £22,000 plus benefits

2 roles: 1 permanent, 1 temporary (6 months fixed term contract with a possible extension)

We are seeking an experienced practical forestry team leader (s). This is an interesting role which will give the successful candidate an opportunity to grow and shape England’s largest new native broadleaf woodland. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to progress their career, has a “can do” attitude and will be a passionate ambassador for the charity.

Monumental Improvement Project Manager - Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Logo: Cornwall AONB

Location: Truro, Cornwall
Salary: £24,590 to £31,371

This is an incredible opportunity to drive the delivery of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s (AONB) Monumental Improvement Project. This project will place people at the core of our efforts to stabilise up to 40 scheduled monuments across ten of the 12 sections that make up the AONB, enabling you to experience some of Cornwall’s finest landscapes and know that through your commitment and drive you are helping people to help conserve and enhance these integral features of the Cornwall AONB.

Monumental Improvement Activities Officer - Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Logo: Cornwall AONB

Location: Truro, Cornwall
Salary: £21,683 to £26,317

This post is temporary for 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to funding.

For the Activities Officer post, you will have a passion for working successfully with local community groups and volunteers to drive the delivery of an events programme to create a successful heritage project and have some experience of working on previous National Lottery Heritage Fund and/or Historic England funded built heritage projects.

Woodland Creation Assistant - North York Moors National Park Authority

Logo: North York Moors National Park Authority

£25.2 to £27.9 with potential progression to £31.3K.

Based in Helmsley but with substantial travel around the National Park.

Would you like to have a long term beneficial impact on the landscape and wildlife of the North York Moors National Park?

This is an exciting opportunity to join our woodland team to help establish new woodlands within the National Park. This is a permanent post to help deliver our ambitious long term woodland creation targets associated with the Woodsmith Mine’s Section 106 agreement.

Somerset Nature Connections Project Manager - Somerset Wildlife Trust

Logo: Somerset Wildlife Trust

Up to £30,000 per annum pro-rata to 4 days or 30 hours per week.

Three year contract

Based in Taunton but with opportunities for home working by agreement.

Somerset Nature Connections is a new project designed to support mental wellbeing through the delivery of nature connection activities. It is run in partnership between Somerset Wildlife Trust and Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock Hills AONB’s and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and Somerset County Council. We are seeking an exceptional individual for this exciting role to oversee the successful set up and delivery of this project, managing three delivery officers who will work across the county and ensuring the project outcomes for improved wellbeing amongst participants are met.

Reserves Manager (North) - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

£27,735 per annum

This is a permanent, full time role

The post is based at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 8RQ. There will be also be regular travel to various locations throughout the county.

We are looking for a passionate and committed professional to manage our Reserves in the North of the county. This is a key role within the Trust with responsibility of habitat management, safeguarding of species, reserve engagement experiences and management of the Trusts flagship Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

South East Suffolk & Trimley Warden - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Logo: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Salary: £21,750 - £23,500 pa (according to level of experience)

Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time

Location: Trimley Marshes, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 0UD

At Trimley Marshes, you will be working on a truly dynamic reserve on the Orwell estuary. It is currently one of the county’s best performing breeding wader sites, and also supports spectacular numbers of overwintering wildfowl each year.

Greenspace Development Officer - Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Logo: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Full time, Permanent

Location: Hyde Depot

Grade G: SCP 23 £26,999 - SCP 28 £31,371

The Greenspace team at Tameside Council looks after a wide range of urban parks and countryside sites throughout the Borough. We work closely with the community to deliver a wide range of regular maintenance tasks and one off projects. It is a varied role – one day project managing installation of new play equipment and the next working with volunteers carrying out woodland management in the countryside.

Assistant Reserves Officer (Berkshire - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Logo: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Salary: £16,500 per annum

Contract: Permanent, full-time (35 hours per week)

Based: Woolley Firs, Maidenhead, Berkshire

We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Reserves Officer to join our team in implementing all aspects of habitat and estate management across our Berkshire nature reserves. The successful applicant will have practical estate management experience, to include felling and chainsaw use with relevant certification, experience of working with livestock and should enjoy working with and leading conservation volunteers.

Assistant Ranger - Hampshire County Council

Logo: Hampshire County Council

Salary Range: £18,426 - £19,407 per annum

Work Location: River Hamble Rangers Depot, Southampton

Hours per week: 37

Contract Type: Temporary (until 31 March 2021)

The Bird Aware Solent ranger team are looking for new enthusiastic members to engage with local communities to raise awareness of overwintering shorebirds within the Solent Special Protection Areas (SPAs). Bird Aware Solent aims to reduce disturbance to shorebirds through influencing the behaviour of visitors. This is a temporary role to assist the Bird Aware Solent team.

Self-Employed Ecologist / Land Manager - Dartmoor Preservation Association

Logo: Dartmoor Preservation Association

A few hours per week. Hourly rate to be agreed depending on experience. Start late summer/autumn 2020.

The DPA is a long-established charity owning four pieces of land on Dartmoor where we undertake management for nature and archaeological conservation. This is overseen by a land management group of trustees and volunteers, with advice and oversight from an ecologist.

The work of the ecologist comprises: Writing, updating as required and overseeing implementation of management plans; Organisation of land management group (LMG) meetings once or twice a year, preparation and monitoring of agreed budgets and liaison with the LMG and others between meetings as required.

Senior Project Manager - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: Edinburgh

Salary starting at £30,817 to £34,471 per annum

Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed Term - Until 14/07/2024 with possibility of extension

The International importance of many of RSPB nature reserves for the habitats and species they support means that they have been designated as Natura 2000 European protected areas (Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas). However, some features require additional conservation management to improve their condition for nature.

Director of Communities & Wildlife - Sussex Wildlife Trust

Logo: Sussex Wildlife Trust

Location: Initially home based due to Covid-19 restrictions then at Woods Mill / flexible working

Salary: £40-47,000

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 35 Hours per Week Monday to Friday some evening and weekends

Sussex Wildlife Trust is seeking an outstanding and dynamic Director of Communities and Wildlife to enable communities across Sussex to take effective action for wildlife.

Communication and Engagement Officer - Hart District Council

Logo: Hart District Council

Salary Grade F: (£26,317 to £28,502 )

Hours per week 37.5

Location: Fleet in Hart District (NE Hampshire)

Type: Four year fixed-time position

Part of a small but dynamic Visitor Services team, this five-year post will coordinate the development of community engagement, communication and enhancement of the visitor's experience to a Hart District Council countryside site. This includes taking a lead role on the development and delivery of an engagement and consultation plan for the Fleet Pond 2030 Vision Project.

Our Picturesque Landscape Community and Engagement Officer - Denbighshire County Council