Conservation Officer (Wadhurst Park)

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to join our team, helping us deliver our landscape revival programme across 840 hectares of the East Sussex High Weald.

Our purpose is to revive an historic High Weald landscape that supports a broad diversity and abundance of characteristic wildlife, including rare, scarce and specialist species. Our approach is pragmatic, adopting aspects of rewilding as well as more traditional conservation practices where these fit best. We restore lost woodlands through natural regeneration, and reintroduce coppicing to historically managed woods. We reconnect the landscape by replanting lost hedges and orchards, but also encourage self-willed scrub development and land re-wetting. We are proud of our significant collection of species-rich hay meadows, now a locally and nationally rare habitat, but are diversifying other grasslands into floriferous and scrubby wood-pastures using an innovative grazing regime and NoFence technology.

Our small team welcomes members from any ethnic background, social class, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other minority. Whoever you are, if you’re bright, motivated, hardworking, flexible and passionate about nature recovery, then we’re interested in you. This role reports directly to the Head of Conservation.

Essential requirements:

  • A good degree in an Environmental, Conservation or Ecological science
  • At least 3 years of work experience in a similar area, including fieldwork
  • Keen naturalist – in-depth knowledge and passion for at least one taxonomic class
  • People management potential
  • Strong written communication
  • Enjoyment and skill in presenting to different audiences
  • Willingness to participate in practical conservation work (e.g. alongside rangers)
  • Strong data skills and IT literacy, including GIS
  • Interest in farming and landscape history
  • Understanding of the conservation approach we’re working with
  • Able to work well as part of a team
  • Full driving licence

Desirable skills/qualifications:

  • Postgraduate degree in ecology or similar
  • People management experience
  • Knowledge of current environmental grant funding

Benefits:

  • A great working environment
  • Ongoing training
  • 33 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • Generous pension
  • Private health and dental insurance

Role: full-time (40 hours per week), permanent, based in East Sussex.

Salary range £35,000 – £45,000, depending on experience.

All appointments require Proof of Eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory references.

Please send a CV and cover letter detailing why you are the right person for this amazing opportunity to info@wadhurstpark.com

Application deadline – midnight 29 January 2023.

Interviews will be held in mid-February.