Beaver Feasibility Officer

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Middleton, United Kingdom

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16 days ago

About the role

We’re looking for a Beaver Feasibility Officer to lead an exciting project assessing the feasibility of wild beaver reintroduction in the Derbyshire Derwent catchment.

In this role, you’ll lead on stakeholder consultation and deliver feasibility assessments to see where in the Derbyshire Derwent valley beavers could potentially be reintroduced

To be successful, you will need to care deeply about landscape recovery and use this passion to engage with a wide range of stakeholders holding a variety of views


In this role, you'll own:

  • Developing relationships with a range of stakeholders, including landowners, local communities, businesses, environmental charities, universities and statutory agencies - you will lead on collaborating with others to work across the Derbyshire Derwent Catchment area to create a strategy for wild and/or enclosed beaver reintroductions.
  • Designing stakeholder consultations and collecting, interpreting and presenting data you will drive the development of the Trusts networks locally and regionally in an inclusive way; continually involving local people and communities and inspiring people to act for wildlife.
  • Carrying out a feasibility study and assessment of the suitability for the reintroduction of beaver in the Derbyshire Derwent ValleyUtilising local knowledge and research you’ll document ecological requirements of the species and assess how and where these can be achieved in Derbyshire

About you

We’re looking for a passionate advocate for nature-based solutions for climate and biodiversity

This role might be right for you if:

  • You have experience of partnership working
  • You have a good understanding of beaver ecology
  • You have experience of working with communities
  • You are comfortable talking to a diverse range of stakeholders with different interests, perspectives and personalities
  • You demonstrate drive and flexibility, tact and patience enabling you to thrive in an ever-evolving environment.
  • You can interpret complex information, and make it accessible and inspiring to a range of audiences

We are happy to talk flexible working!

This role will be based at our office in Middleton although a balance of home and office working will be allowed. We are a local charity so applicants should be easily able to access our office and other locations around the county.

Interviews are planned for Wednesday 21st December

For more information please refer to the job description and key terms attached. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents, or require adjustments to the application process, please either email or call 01773 881188.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We’re a small charity, with big ideas! We believe that everyone has their part to play in Nature’s recovery. We are the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect and enhance wildlife and wild places throughout the county but through our work with businesses, other conservation charities, and the public we are mobilising others across the county and the rest of the UK to act for wildlife. As are a registered Charity, we are supported by 16,000 members and are part of a movement of 46 Trusts with a collective membership of over 800,000.

Our purpose is to achieve our vision of a Wilder Derbyshire by creating Nature Recovery Networks and reintroducing lost species. We aim to deliver our vision by leading Nature’s Recovery, inspiring people and communities to care and mobilising people to act. All our work is underpinned by our values.

Our Charity is growing, we currently employ 80 people and, crucially, we are supported by over 500 volunteers. We have three delivery teams; Wilder Landscapes, Wilder Communities and Income Generation, supported by the Finance and Resources team. Each team has a Department Lead who reports to the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operations of the Trust and who, in turn, reports to the Board of Trustees which governs the organisation.

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that everyone should have access to nature. We expect people to work harmoniously with each other and with volunteers, and to provide help and guidance to others when needed. As a small charity, our employees need to be willing to be flexible about working arrangements and willing to provide occasional cover for absent staff. We want people to develop professionally and personally while working with us and employees are encouraged to participate in the range of opportunities available to enable this.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer that strives to be a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone is valued. We welcome applications from eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We recognise that our workforce needs to represent the communities and people we work with. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the wider charity and conservation sector, such as people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

We are proudly a Disability Confident Commitment employer. The scheme is helping us recruit and retain great people to meet our workforce needs. As a member of the scheme we interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role. You can request this and adjustments including accessible formats of this vacancy by emailing