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Head of Conservation

Salary: Competitive Salary and Employers Pension Scheme

Closing date: Friday 18th May 2018

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust is Suffolk’s nature charity – the only organisation dedicated wholly to safeguarding Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside. As Head of Conservation you will develop and implement our conservation vision to make Suffolk a richer place for wildlife and people. We are looking for someone with the vision and energy to inspire others – private landowners and business partners – to help drive the changes needed to make Suffolk’s countryside a place where wildlife thrives.

This is a key leadership role driving the development and delivery of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s conservation activity. You will lead a team that manage 50 nature reserves (8,000 acres) and have responsibility for a conservation and planning advisory team that influence wildlife outcomes beyond our nature reserves. You will help develop the Trust’s strategic approach and lead your team so it is responsive to current conservation priorities and opportunities.

We are looking for someone with considerable experience of leading staff and volunteers and has the vision and motivation to inspire others. You should have substantial experience in the delivery of nature conservation on nature reserves and in the wider countryside in the UK. Experience of managing budgets and as a media spokesperson on nature conservation issues is required. 

Thanks to an HLF grant of £4 million we will now create a 1,000 acre nature reserve in the Broads National Park to create a new National Nature Reserve. Under your supervision and guidance former arable fields will become reedbed, fen and wetlands attracting some of the UK’s rarest breeding species. You will oversee changes at Black Bourn Valley where a 300 acre former arable farm is developing into a mosaic of rough grassland, scrub and wet woodland. You will monitor the outcomes of such this ‘rewilding’ approach.

We also manage land for corporate partners such as Essex & Suffolk Water, Anglian Water and EDF at Sizewell. You will develop these relationships to secure further gains for wildlife.

For further information please refer to the Recruitment Booklet below.




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Thank you for your interest in Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the Head of Conservation role




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