Project Manager - Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs

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Woodland Trust

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4 days ago

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a world where trees and woods thrive for people and nature. The Trust engages and inspires people to make their difference tackling the nature and climate crisis helping protect, restore and create our vital woods and trees.

The Projects Officer will be responsible for the delivery of the Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs project which is a 5 year programme of activity supported with funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF). It is a partnership project led by the Woodland Trust, with Action in rural Sussex, Small Woodland Association and Sussex Wildlife Trust. The project aims to bring life back to the forgotten and fragmented ancient woods in Sussex. Working with our partners and the local community, we aim to transform the landscape to boost biodiversity and revitalise traditional woodland management.

Coordination of the Lost Woods partners is a vital part of this role and will require close collaboration with key staff from all the partner organisations to ensure delivery of a complex programme of activity. The project manager will be required to work closely with the project delivery group that includes a Lost Woods woodland advisor and communications officer at the Woodland Trust, a team of Lost Woods community agents at Action in rural Sussex and a training officer at Small Woods Association. Monitoring and reporting on progress of programme delivery will be a key aspect of the role, including responsibility for the management of the project budget.

You’ll have proven project and/or programme management skills with experience of taking complex cross-functional projects from inception to implementation and review. You’ll have experience of building and maintaining a cohesive virtual project team across a partnership with a shared purpose as well as collaborative leaderships skills.

You’ll be analytical, self-motivated, and proactive and be able to build and nurture effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders in order to deliver on multiple projects and programmes.

There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Joining the team you will be making your contribution to tackling the nature and climate crisis. In return, we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance, good holiday allowance and the opportunity to work flexibly from home.

At the Woodland Trust, we want to reflect and represent the full richness of diversity in the UK. Fewer of our employees are Black, Asian or minority ethnic; disabled; from lower socio-economic backgrounds or under 25; so we are particularly keen to receive your application if you are from one or more of these groups. We can also discuss anything you may need to achieve your full potential at any stage of the process. We assess your application solely on your demonstrated suitability for the job. Nothing else.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications. If you are interested, we'd encourage you to submit your application as early as possible