Land Advice Service Manager

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Newark on Trent, United Kingdom

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30+ days ago

Full Time, 35 Hours Per Week


Closing Date for Applications: 2 June 2022

First Interview: Provisionally 10 June 2022

Are you looking for a new challenge and the chance to work for one of the UK’s best-loved nature charities? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you. We are looking for someone to help bring about the recovery of nature; someone who has a deep understanding of the way our land is managed and is passionate about wildlife; is a great organiser and project manager; and is a confident and personable communicator to take people with you. We need you to develop a new service for the Wildlife Trusts – a coordinated land management advice service that links together hundreds of land advisors across England and Wales into a coherent force for nature’s recovery.

Who are we

The Wildlife Trusts is a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, who share a set of common beliefs. It has more than of 850,000 members, including 200,000 junior members, 38,000 volunteers and 2,800 staff across the UK across 46 locally independent Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). We work in every part of the UK, on Alderney and the Isle of Man. The movement’s central charity RSWT leads the development of the movement and represents the interests of the movement whenever a strong united voice is required. Together, the 46 Trusts and the central charity are known as The Wildlife Trusts.

About this role

The Wildlife Trusts work to a collective framework – Strategy 2030. At its heart is an ambition to see nature recover. This requires a farming system that enhances rather than destroys wildlife. Land management advice is essential to achieve regenerative farming.

Many Wildlife Trusts already operate land management advice services: 276 full time equivalent advisers, engaging with nearly 3,000 farmers across 2,500 ha of land. Advice is run as local and separate services by each Wildlife Trust. It is not enough for nature’s recovery. Analysis concluded that this advice could be extended but capacity is fragmented, skills distribution patchy, and co-ordination weak. To resolve these issues and to scale up advice services, we aim to coordinate, extend and improve these services. This post lies at the heart of that intent.

About you

You will be highly organised and an adept project manager. You will be people-oriented, thriving on working alongside colleagues that are widely dispersed across England and Wales. You will have deep experience of land management and understand the need for land managers to receive high quality useful advice so that they can initiate nature’s recovery on the land they manage. You will be comfortable with business planning to help Wildlife Trusts to professionalise and expand their land management advice services.

The Wildlife Trusts value passion, respect, trust, integrity, pragmatic activism and strength in diversity. Whilst we are passionate in promoting our aims, we are not judgemental and are inclusive. We want our people to be as diverse as nature, so we particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented within our sector, including people from minority backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to offering an interview to anyone with a disability that meets all the essential criteria for the post. Please let us know if you require any adjustments to make our recruitment process more accessible. This role maybe subject to a DBS check.