Reserve Manager (Iping & Stedham Commons and Nominated Sites)

  • Location: Southerham Farm, Lewes with Travel across Sussex required.
  • Actual Salary: £30,525 per annum
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: 35 hours Days. Monday – Friday – with occasional evening and weekend work
  • Closing Date: Sunday 3 November 2019
  • Interview Date: 11 November 2019 or 13 November 2019 TBC


Sussex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast.  By working alongside local people we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places.  Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers.


This is an exciting and rare opportunity to join a small and dedicated team managing some of the best nature reserves in Sussex. You will play a central role in managing special places such as Iping and Steadham Common near Midhurst, helping to ensure the sites are managed to high standards for both people and wildlife. Your work will help the Trust meet its aim to ensure our nature reserves are part of a fully functioning ecological network across Sussex. The role will involve writing, updating and most importantly implementing  site management plans, delivering a wide range of practical conservation and habitat management projects involving contractors, volunteers and partners. You will work with local communities and project partners to ensure good communication throughout.  This role will also have a strategic element, helping to coordinate and implement agri-environmental and other land management grant schemes.


You will be passionate about wildlife with good ecological knowledge with a high level of experience in managing land for nature conservation across a wide range of habitats.  You will be able to manage a complex land management projects and associated contracts and budgets. Able to draw on your depth of practical conservation management skills, you will be equally at home developing and drafting site management plans, or leading practical land management activities using a range or tools and equipment on the ground.

We are looking for someone who has substantial knowledge of agri-environmental and other land management grant related schemes, who can take this knowledge and deliver practical land and habitat management programmes to ensure our reserves continue to be special places for wildlife and visitors alike. You will be a strong team player, and a good communicator, able to engage our communities in the understanding of the importance of our nature reserves and how our work contributes towards our mission to create a fully functioning ecological network.


This role offers 24 days annual leave access to an Employee Assistance Scheme and the opportunity to help the Sussex Wildlife Trust make a real difference.