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Project Manager – Hill at the Heart Old Park Hill BLF Reaching Communities

Salary: Points 11 – 17 (currently £22,732 - £27,570)

Closing date: Friday 20th October 2017

Location: Old Park Hill Nature Reserve / Dover Town Council Offices

To deliver Kent Wildlife Trust’s Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Project.

Applications close, 9am Friday 20th October, 2017. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25th October 2017.

Kent Wildlife Trust is one of the largest of the 47 Wildlife Trusts, which together make up the Wildlife Trusts Partnership. We are supported and governed by our 31,000 members, and have the simple aim of protecting Kent’s wildlife for the future. To this end, we own or manage some 69 nature reserves covering over 8,300 acres; we campaign and lobby politicians, decision makers and landowners to ensure site protection and good habitat management; and we run a full programme of community engagement and education work with schools, colleges and adult groups. The Trust also has five Visitor Centres.

The Job:
Old Park Hill is one of the Trust’s newest nature reserves situated on the outskirts of Dover Town adjacent Whitfield Village. The reserve covers some 36 ha [90 acres] of old chalk grassland with peripheral woodland. The Trust established Old Park Hill as a nature reserve under a leasehold agreement with the Dover Harbour Board in 2011. Prior to this the site had largely been neglected for many decades with consequent loss of habitat due to alien scrub invasion, particularly by aggressive non-native species such as Holm oak and sycamore and the encroachment of anti-social activities including fly-tipping, vandalism and off road motor bike riding.
The Trust aims to restore species rich chalk grassland by engaging with the local communities around Old Park Hill through the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Project over the next three years. The project will enable local people to gain:

• Improved health and wellbeing through increased positive connection with nature locally
• A stronger sense of ownership of the natural environment
• Increased confidence and improved skill sets through project volunteering, training and education
• Local children and young people will have improved life chances through family and group learning opportunities

The Candidate

This post is crucial to the development and delivery of the Old Park Hill Reaching Communities Project. The post holder will work closely with the Head of Reserves East, the Head of People Engagement and Dover Town Council. This is a post which will use to the full a broad mixture of skills built on wide hands-on experience.

We are seeking a motivated self-driven manager with experience of working in a community focused conservation management project. Excellent project management skills are essential along with experience in managing budgets, producing reports and grant claims. The successful candidate will be a strong people manager with proven ability to manage a team of professionals, trainees and volunteers.

An ability to integrate a range of environmental interests and present them to a variety of stakeholders in a coherent and logical way is key, as is an understanding of community working and awareness raising activities. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as the post holder will demonstrate a mature approach and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels with funders, planning authorities, government agencies, the public and local communities.

Kent Wildlife Trust has a positive approach to equality and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community


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1. Old Park Hill Project Manager Job Description159 KB
2. Recruitment Guidance Notes147.5 KB
3. Application Form108 KB
4. Recruitment Monitoring Form243.5 KB

Contact details:

For an informal discussion about the post please contact John McAllister on 01622 824660.

To apply for the role, please download, complete and return the documents below.