Natural Heritage Officer
We are looking for a Natural Heritage Officer on a full time, fixed term contract until December 2024, working as part of the team delivering the 5-year Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS).
The QLPS focuses on the Quantock Hills AONB and its fringing farmland in Somerset. The Quantock Hills is a special landscape rich in natural, historic, and cultural heritage, but it is a landscape under pressure. The Scheme aims to better understand and manage these pressures, take advantage of new opportunities, and find inclusive solutions that will ensure that this special landscape thrives into the future.
The partnership includes Friends of Quantock, South West Heritage Trust, National Trust, Halsway Manor Society (The National Centre for Folk Arts), Forestry England, Quantock Commoners Association, and LiveWest Housing Association as well as the relevant local authorities.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
This post is part of the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). The QLPS (www.qlps.org) is delivering a 5-year programme of work and activities across the project area totalling £2.6m (including volunteer in-kind).
The Natural Heritage Officer will be part of a team that also includes a Community Engagement and Volunteering Officer, a Historic Heritage Officer and a Project Support Officer.
They will work with communities and organisations within the QLPS to plan and deliver a programme of nature-based events and activities, lead and commission practical conservation works, and generally promote the exploration, understanding and celebration of the natural heritage of the area. They will provide specialist natural heritage and nature conservation advice, lead volunteer tasks and training events, and commission surveys, monitoring and research contracts.
Like all QLPS staff, the Natural Heritage Officer will work closely with colleagues in the established Quantock Hills AONB team and staff in partner organisations.
The core of the LPS programme is the Quantock Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) as agreed with National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Quantock LCAP details the special qualities of the area, the opportunities for engagement and the 23 projects which are to be delivered.
A few things about you
We are looking for an experienced natural heritage professional. You will be comfortable working with a diverse and inclusive range of community audiences and volunteers. You will be knowledgeable about nature conservation in an English lowland context and have experience of leading a variety of practical conservation tasks and basic field surveys. You will be used to working in partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners to ensure shared objectives are achieved.
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Bill Jenman, LPS Manager, on 07811 308846
Please note we aim for all recruitment activity to continue as expected, however due to COVID-19 all interviews will be predominantly taking place virtually over Microsoft Teams.
There will be a two stage interview process with the first interviews taking place online on 16th March 2021 and second interviews for leading candidates on site the following week.
If successful at interview, and conditional upon satisfactory pre-employment checks, the provisional start date will be w/c 26 April 2021.
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