Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Head of Nature Reserves


£30,000 to £33,000 per annum according to experience Full-time role, based in Taunton or Cheddar


Somerset Wildlife Trust seeks a senior conservation land manager to lead the development and delivery of the Trust’s nature reserve operation; managing the human, financial and equipment resources to achieve the best possible outcomes for wildlife and people on the Trust’s nature reserves. The operation comprises 1,700 hectares spread over 70 sites including some exciting habitat creation projects in the Avalon Marshes. Working closely with other conservation team leads, you will manage a team of experienced nature reserves managers to move us closer to realising our goal of creating ecological networks which rebuild Somerset’s natural environment and inspiring people and communities to value and protect nature.


You will work with the Senior Leadership Team to reshape, progressively the Trust’s landholding and its operation to enable the Trust to be more resilient and impactful in the face of future uncertainty about funding that will exist for wildlife-friendly land management.


You will have at least 5 years’ post-qualification experience as a land manager working with nature conservation organisations in the public and/or voluntary sectors, with an in-depth knowledge of the practical management of a broad range of UK habitats and species. We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong background in wetland habitats and their management, and previous experience managing change. You will be an experienced manager of people, projects and budgets.

This is a varied and complex role that requires a resilient, confident and self-motivated individual who is a great team leader. In return the Trust offers the flexibility of being based in either Taunton or Cheddar and therefore within easy commuting distance of Exeter or Bristol. It is a role that will deliver new challenges daily and the opportunity to build on your skills as a land manager within an organisation that is passionate about nature conservation.

Please apply by supplying:

  • A covering letter stating why you want the job
  • A maximum two page supporting statement that fully addresses the criteria listed in the person specification.
  • A completed application form – candidates to note that when completing the word document the application form must remain on three pages.

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Please find the application form here

A full Job description can be found here

All applications must be received by 9am Monday 23rd October 2017.

Interviews held at Taunton, on Friday 3rd November, 2017

If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please call Michele Bowe, the Director of Conservation on 01823 652400