Countryside Manager

Countryside Manager

31,671 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Ref: IRC64066 

Wareham

Summary

The voice of our landscapes, conservation champion and lover of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. Working in some of the nation’s most stunning places, you will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are rich in nature, support and engage local communities, and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.

We need an experienced Countryside Manager, to be based within the Purbeck Estate, who can take on this brand new role and make it their own. You will be at the heart of our efforts to further improve the, beautiful natural environment across Purbeck, including both the land we manage in-hand and across our tenanted farms. As well as leading a large ranger team, a key part of your role will be in developing productive and dynamic relationships with colleagues and the partnerships that we need to deliver conservation at a landscape scale: with our farm tenants and the wider farming community, and also with partner conservation organisations across the public and NGO sectors, an existing strong partnership developed over a number of years and through the Wild Purbeck partnership.

What it's like to work here

The Isle of Purbeck, famed for its beaches, castle and countryside, is the most biodiverse corner of the UK and home to some of the country’s rarest species. The National Trust owns over 3000 hectares of this spectacular landscape, and you will be part of a busy and diverse property team that balances looking after Purbeck’s rich natural and cultural heritage with managing a busy visitor offer for millions of people each year.

What you'll be doing

You will lead a dynamic and resourceful team of rangers and volunteers to manage our land in a way that enables nature to thrive, provides high quality access for visitors and supports and engages local communities. You will be part of a property leadership team, working closely with the General Manager, Estate Manager, Ecologist, and the Visitor operations managers at Studland and Corfe Castle, to ensure we find the right balance between heritage conservation, visitor access and income generation on our land. You will work with regional and national staff, both representing the Purbeck countryside team and ensuring that our work locally continues to be at the cutting edge of the Trust’s national strategy. You will ensure our countryside work delivers more than the sum of its parts, by developing and managing strong partnerships with our tenants, with neighbouring landowners and with a wide range of conservation organisations and other stakeholders.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you'll need to able to have;

•Strong leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation, communication, setting strategic direction and managing change. You will be able to show us where you have experience of delivering through your team. 

•Significant and extensive experience in relevant land, conservation and access management, supported by appropriate qualifications to level 6 (or equivalent level of vocational experience). 

•Credible knowledge and understanding of farming systems and nature-friendly farming, including working through agri-environment schemes. 

•Proven track record of planning activities programmes which deliver great visitor experience within a countryside setting. 

•Track record of inspiring others with your passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors. 

•Significant experience of managing operational risk, including how to assess and manage risk effectively. Knowledge of all Health & Safety and Compliance requirements relevant to a countryside setting

•Track record of inspiring others with your passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors 

•Significant experience of managing operational risk, including how to assess and manage risk effectively. Knowledge of all Health & Safety and Compliance requirements relevant to a countryside setting

The package

Looking after you

•Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents

•Pension contribution match up to 10%

•EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing 

•Discounted gym membership 

Looking after your career

•Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust

•Develop your skills with an internal secondment

•Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression 

•Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us 

•Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK

•Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

•20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets

•Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing date: 11th December 2018 

Provisional interview date: 18th December 2018

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Closing Date:
11/12/2018

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