Living Landscapes Officer (Trent Valley)

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We’re looking for a Living Landscapes Officer to manage our Trent Valley Living Landscape.

In this role, you’ll lead on developing our Trent Valley Living Landscapes, engaging with neighbouring landowners to develop landscape scale nature recovery plans and community-led action groups to help us in managing our nature reserves, supporting volunteers and working with a wide range of partners.

To be successful you will be an experienced land manager with a passion for rewilding, able to mobilise volunteers, communicate and inspire the delivery of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s key aims to partner organisations and landowners.

In this role, you will:

  • Work with partners, neighbours, local communities and members of the public and other organisations to deliver our Nature Recovery Network within the identified Living Landscape.

  • Identify and implement opportunities to integrate nature reserve management activities into the wider Nature Recovery Network.

  • Draw up and develop natural process-led management plans for nature reserves, setting and agreeing objectives for people and wildlife for the reserve in line with the vision of the Nature Recovery Network.

  • Ensure the development and facilitate the delivery of annual work and activity programmes across the Living Landscape. Ensure volunteers, community groups and contractors are engaged to support the implementation of nature reserve management plans including appropriate site monitoring.

  • Develop projects and delivery plans across the Living Landscape which ensure the Trust meets its strategic targets and objectives of 30% of Derbyshire in positive management for wildlife by 2030.

  • Develop and deliver Agri-environment (or their equivalent) and other land management grant schemes, ensuring compliance with all scheme objectives, making applications as necessary.

  • Work with a range of partners on collaborative and landscape scale ecological projects in an inclusive and inspiring way.

This role might be right for you if:

  • You’re dynamic, organised and focussed on achieving goals on a large scale.

  • You’re practical with hands-on experience of land management for nature conservation and able to work effectively and safely with volunteers.

  • You’re a great communicator and able to inspire others with your enthusiasm and energy.

  • You can work collaboratively with a wide range of partners and audiences.

  • You have good ecological surveying skills and can present results in appropriate formats for varying audiences.

  • You can write high quality reports and management plans and contribute to effective fund raising.

  • You are a conscientious budget holder, managing spend efficiently and always making environmentally conscious decisions on spend.

  • You have a full driving licence.

What we can offer you:

  • Flexible working options, we have adopted a 9-day working fortnight meaning all full time staff get a non-working Friday every fortnight

  • 33 days annual leave including bank holidays, we also have a festive shutdown so all staff get the days between Christmas and New Year off in addition to their leave entitlement

  • Climate Perks (extra leave granted for staff using more green, sustainable transport)

  • 9.5% employer pension contribution

  • Electric bike and car salary-sacrifice schemes available

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Life Assurance Scheme

  • Personalised Development programme designed to enhance your knowledge and progress your career

  • A multi-disciplinary business, with opportunities to work on a wide range of projects, developing your experience and skills

  • A friendly and supportive team, with a relaxed office atmosphere

We are happy to talk flexible working!

This role will be based at our office in Middleton with although work at various locations around the county will be needed. 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 19th March 2024.

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’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that everyone should have access to nature.

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