Reserves Manager East

 •Location: Home / site / flexible working required. (This role requires the officer to live within reasonable daily commute to SWT’s East Sussex nature reserves – home working with occasional regional office hot desk when appropriate).

•Salary: £ 31,135 per annum

Contract Type: Permanent

•Hours: 35 Hours Per Week Monday to Friday in the main including occasional weekends and evenings.

Closing Date: 23:59pm Sunday 21st June

Interview Date:  TBC – Interview will most likely be remote via online video platform.

 Sussex Wildlife Trust is seeking an experienced Reserves Manager  with a specialism in woodland management to join the Land Management team in managing its eastern nature reserve portfolio and providing support across the reserves portfolio.

 Sussex Wildlife Trust

 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

 This is a rare opportunity to join a dedicated and team of experienced nature conservation professionals, who have the fantastic job of managing some of the best places for wildlife in Sussex. This role requires specialist knowledge of woodlands including regenerative woodland management and tree safety. With a portfolio of sites including woodlands for example Flatropers near Rye, and Marline Valley near Bexhill, to lowland grazing meadows at Pevensey, the site portfolio of the Reserve Manager East encompasses some special habitats and landscapes. The role requires the day to day management of a number of nature reserves, through the drafting and implementing of site management plans, delivering a wide range of practical conservation and habitat management tasks.  With a particular focus on woodland management, you will be required where appropriate across SWT nature reserves,  to ensure tree safety inspections are carried out, and suitably qualified contractors are appointed and managed. You will work with local communities, volunteers and project partners to ensure good communication and promotion of the work of Sussex Wildlife Trust. You will work with your fellow Reserve Managers, our Grazing Manager and Ecologist to ensure grazing and other practical site management work is undertaken safely and effectively to meet long term objectives.  With a wide geographical portfolio, it is essential that you have a driving licence and are happy to undertake extensive travel within Sussex.

 The Person

 Demonstrating excellent organisational skills and exceptional attention to detail, you will be an experienced nature conservation professional who is passionate about wildlife. You will have substantial experience of managing nature reserves with different habitats, in particular woodlands. You will have significant knowledge of land management techniques and practices such as conservation grazing, together with the funding mechanisms for land management, such as  agri-environmental grant systems. You will be highly proficient in Microsoft programmes including Excel and Word. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital in this role, as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. You will be able to think on your feet and to find your own solutions to issues.

 Occasionally, you will be required to work evenings and weekends