Pembrokeshire, West Wales
Full Time – 37 hours per week
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in Britain including internationally important nature reserves, geology and archaeology.
Purpose Of The Role:
A new and exciting position has arisen for a Conservation Officer; the primary aim of this role is to assist farmers and landowners throughout the National Park to re-introduce traditional land management to cliff tops, coastal slopes and inland areas to ensure that conditions in these areas are optimised for wildlife.
The Conservation Officer will encourage, advise and financially incentivise landowners and tenants to create greater wildlife/biodiversity areas within the National Park. The post holder will influence conservation policy and practice, creating greater diversity and enhancement of the landscape for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.
• Facilitate grant aid for capital works and for the provision of management agreements between the Authority and the landowner to optimise conditions for wildlife on sites and to benefit the farm portfolio.
• Manage and monitor the portfolio of sites to ensure best conservation practice and compliance with the management plans for the sites including co-ordination of Pembrokeshire Grazing Network to facilitate grazing for nature conservation.
• Provide professional advice and technical support to landowners and farmers in the National Park with regard to conservation land management.
• Proactively encourage conservation in the Park and assist in the provision of promotional material and raise awareness of conservation land management issues and initiatives.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• An appropriate qualification to degree level or equivalent professional experience.
• Experience of identifying priority habitats in the field, assessing their condition and providing clear management advice.
• Significant experience of conservation land management, in particular conservation grazing.
• Good knowledge of UK ecology and ability to identify species in the field.
• Ability to deliver programmes, manage budgets effectively and work to targets.
• Ability to identify sensitive and politically delicate conservation and recreational issues and manage them accordingly together with a working knowledge of current agricultural practices.
• Efficient project management skills, good communication skills, team working ability, good organisational skills and IT skills and a full driving licence.
• The ability to work through the medium of Welsh, level B2 (Advanced Level).
Salary and Benefits:
Basic salary up to £28,785, plus car user allowance, minimum 23 days holiday, rising to 28 days, plus public holidays, local government pension scheme, flexible working arrangements, career development opportunities.
The position will be based at our HQ in Pembroke Dock; the office is an 8 minute walk from the nearest train station, we have secure cycle parking facilities and ample car parking. We also operate a pool car scheme for site visits.
Closing Date: 08/08/19