Project Delivery Manager – Woodland Futures

Project Delivery Manager – Woodland Futures

Job Description

Job Title: Project Delivery Manager - Woodland Futures
Reporting To: Cumbria Woodlands Director
Salary: £41,591 + 3% Employer Pension Contribution
Hours: 37.5 hours per week. We support flexible working.
Contract: Fixed Term Contract to March 2025
Location: Home based, with regular travel across Cumbria

About this Project

Woodland Futures Cumbria is an exciting new 3-year project running until March 2025. The project aims to increase woodland creation and bring woodlands into management through the provision of advice, information, training, and coordination between different organisations working across Cumbria.

Purpose of  Role

The Delivery Manager role provides the opportunity for a someone who has an interest in land management and has effective project management skills to lead the delivery of the Woodland Futures Project, working alongside a Graduate Forester and with the support of the Woodland Futures Steering Committee.

We are actively seeking to increase diversity and improve representation within our organisation and would welcome interest from people from a black or minority ethnic background and/or with a disability.

Role Responsibilities and Tasks:

As a partnership project, the successful applicant will be employed by the Lake District Foundation and will be managed by Cumbria Woodlands. The post holder will be responsible for the following:

• Clear, coherent, and motivational project leadership to ensure the aims and objectives of Woodland Futures Cumbria Project are met.
• Effective project management with responsibility for planning, tasking, resource management, contract management and budget management.
• Developing the profile and reputation of the project, and project partnership, across a wide range of regional and local stakeholders.
• Ensuring that effective project monitoring activity is undertaken to enable project performance to be assessed and managed and supporting the completion of robust project evaluation activity.
• Line management of one member of project staff

Person Specification - Competencies, skills, and experience:


- Proven track record of effective project management

- Significant people management experience delivering results

-Ability to plan and manage budgets.

- Evidence of continuing professional development

- Familiarity with IT and digital communication approaches.

- Ability to operate at a senior strategic level whilst being able to muck in as part of a small but growing
team, motivating colleagues, and working collaboratively.

- Ability to communicate fluently with a range of stakeholders, at both senior and operational level.

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

- Effectively represent the project partnership, developing strong relationships and networks locally,
reg ionally and nationally.

- Exemplary time management; meeting deadlines; adapting to changes in priorities and working flexibly.

• Proven ability to manage projects.


• Knowledge of the social,environmental,anda economic issues related to woodland creation, restoration and management.

• Knowledge of national policies as they affect the countryside, land management and farming.

• Knowledge of health and safety and risk management

• Knowledge of the development and/or delivery of educational/training provision

• Knowledge of the delivery and management of funded projects working in the voluntary sector


• Open to flexible working, including some evenings and weekends.
• Empathy with the aims and values of the Lake District Foundation and Cumbria Woodlands.
• A proactive commitment to our shared ethos of equality and diversity.

About Us

The Lake District Foundation

The Lake District Foundation (LDF) is a registered charity, established in August 2017. Based in Kendal, we work across the National Park, some 2000 km of landscape and the largest of the ten designated National Parks in England, and across wider Cumbria.

We work to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, and the cultural heritage, of the Lake District. This is a unique environment which is a vital space for both nature and people.

Our Values:

• We act with integrity and are transparent and open in our actions.
• We are sustainable in our ways of working, and in our impact – striving for long term change in a way that respects our environment.
• We are collaborative in our approach, working with partners to effect change at landscape scale.
• We are innovative in our approach, exploring and embracing new ways of working.

Cumbria Woodlands

Cumbria Woodlands is a not-for-profit organisation which maintains an independent and impartial status whilst working collaboratively with its partners. For the last 30 years Cumbria Woodlands has provided advice and guidance on woodland creation and woodland management; training and development services; consultancy and research; and policy and advocacy work. We exist to support the wider woodland sector by bridging the gap between small woodland owners and commercial forestry, and the gaps between the private and environmental sectors and government. We partner with government agencies, not-for-profit organisation, academics and researchers, and private landowners and land managers to bring benefits to Cumbria both directly and indirectly. We operate locally within Cumbria, regionally and nationally.

Woodland and conservation management principles dictate that a diversity of flora, fauna and age structure are inherently valuable to the sustainability and resilience of a woodland. We are working to apply the same principles to our organisation. To this end, the culture of Cumbria Woodlands values difference (e.g. age, gender identity, race, nationality, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective) as a source of innovation, strength and creativity. We recognise that to be engaged, all members of our team must feel included and valued, and we celebrate a deep sense of pride, passion and belonging.

How to Apply

Applicants must have the right to live and work in UK in place (we are unable to consider candidates who do not already hold appropriate permissions).

Application is by:

1. A C.V (of maximum three pages)
2. And accompanied by one of the following which clearly demonstrates how you meet the person specification.
a. A two-page covering letter
b. A two-minute audio or video message
c. An illustration/diagram.
3. Completion (voluntarily) of our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (please note that this does not form part of our assessment process and is used for monitoring purposes only).

Please return the following information by email marked:

PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL Delivery Manager Recruitment to:

Sandra Edmondson, Office Administrator, Lake District Foundation

For any queries about the application process please contact Sandra Edmondson (as above).

For any queries, or an informal discussion, about the role, please contact:

Neville Elstone, Director, Cumbria Woodlands

Key Dates:

• Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 22nd May 2022
• Provisional Interview Date: Monday June 13th (in person, Cumbria)

Closing Date:

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