Reserves Ecologist

  • Salary: £28,576
  • Location: Southerham Farm near Lewes and across Sussex
  • Hours: 35 (full time)
  • Days of working: Monday – Friday with some evening
  • Closing Date: 9 am Tuesday 7 May 2019
  • Interview date: Monday 13 May 2019

The Trust:

The 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.

The Role:

The Reserves Ecologist is a member of the Land Management Team, based at Southerham Barn on the outskirts of Lewes.  Sussex Wildlife Trust manages 32 nature reserves across Sussex, all of which are managed as core areas for wildlife within the Sussex landscape.  These nature reserves between them contain most Sussex habitat types some of Sussex’s most biodiverse places.   Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Land Management decisions are guided by evidence gathered by Sussex Wildlife TrustReserves Monitoring Strategy.  The post holder will be responsible for delivering this strategy and working with the land management team to integrate the inferences of survey work into the site management. Sussex Wildlife Trust uses a diverse range of techniques to enhance the wildlife on it’s sites, from reinstating natural processes and using re-wildling principles to applying species specific techniques.  The post holder needs to have a good understanding of practical conservation techniques such as grazing and mechanical methods. The role is supported by the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Senior Ecologist.  Survey work is spread across Sussex and some evening work is required.  

The Person:

You will be an experienced ecologist with an excellent understanding of the link between biodiversity and land management.  You must be able to prioritise and manage significant complex work programmes that must cover all 32 Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves across Sussex. You will need to maintain excellent recording and reporting systems.  You will be an excellent communicator, able to communicate complex information in a straightforward and well-structured approach.

You must be prepared to travel across Sussex on a day to day basis sometimes outside core hours and spend significant periods of time outside in all weathers. 

The Benefits:

Based at Southerham near Lewes 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 for local wildlife.