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Job Overview

  • Job Type Site Manager
  • Salary Offer £27,500 - £35,000 per annum
  • Postal Code IP26 4PJ
  • Job Location Norfolk
  • Region East Anglia
  • Working Hours & Benefits Full-Time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Job Title: Site Manager – High Fen Wildland
Location: High Fen Wildlands in Methwold Hythe, near Thetford, Norfolk
Employer: Nattergal Limited
Number of Positions: 1
Salary (per annum pro rata): £27,500 – £35,000 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
Contract: Full Time – Permanent

 

Job Snapshot:
We are looking for a person to manage our lowland peat site, High Fen Wildland in Methwold Hythe, Thetford, Norfolk, providing site and communities coordination as we develop our project plans. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join the Nattergal team, take a lead at High Fen in its early stages and play an integral role in the successful delivery of the project aims.

 

The Opportunity:
Nattergal is a leading nature restoration company building inspiring rewilding projects across the UK and beyond, creating stories of hope for nature and the future. Through joining the company, you will be embedded in this innovative, inspiring organisation and will play an integral part of developing and delivering exemplar site-level processes that really add value to nature.

We are aiming to build a team and culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, and experience and would welcome applications from such.

In addition to the role and it’s benefits you will be enrolled on to the Change Agents UK Sustainability Leadership Skills programme. You can benefit from networking with peers, 1:1 coaching to focus on your professional development and a series of workshops covering three key areas of study; growth & development, mindset for change, and influence & impact.

 

About the Role:
The ideal candidate will live within driving distance of the Wildland, as the role will be predominantly site based. They will need to be a great project and supplier manager, with the ability to smoothly coordinate activities on site, including Health and Safety processes and visitor management. They will be hands-on – getting their waders on to check dip well water levels one morning, then fixing a fence in the afternoon. They will also be a fantastic communicator – giving site tours to local groups one day and presenting the project at a local landowner’s meeting the next.

Reporting to the Head of Operations, and with support from the wider Nattergal team, the successful candidate will deliver:

Site Management:
1. Developing and delivering yearly site budgets, including utilities.
2. Management of activities at the High Fen Wildland – including booking in, meeting on site and providing orientation tours to partners, suppliers and investors. This will include water, carbon and biodiversity surveyors, academic researchers, investors, and team visits as required. There will also be tradespersons to co-ordinate as the site develops.
3. Building management – including main site house and farm buildings.
4. To be the main contact point for all the above and related site activity, including engaging with local suppliers to provide services.
5. To eventually include the management of ongoing data collection for ecological and hydrological monitoring – potentially undertaking some regular biodiversity surveys (as per skills and development ambitions).
6. General maintenance jobs – e.g. mowing the garden, fixing gates and fence upkeep.
7. Manage the site Health and Safety requirements for all the above and lead on site security.

Community Coordination:
1. To provide a focal contact point to the local community, to be a ‘friendly face’ for High Fen.
2. To engage directly with local stakeholders – including visits to local farmers and other interested parties in the community for coffee meetings to explain the project.
3. To engage with local community groups, schools, and council/local authority as needed.
4. To coordinate, community engagement and volunteer activities as needed.
5. To manage the project-level Facebook group and contribute to Nattergal level social media regarding on site activities, including visual media of wildlife.

 

Person Specification
Essential:
• A passion for nature recovery and biodiversity conservation.
• Project Management experience, preferably in a land management related organisation (e.g. conservation charity, farming).
• Experience within the nature conservation / land management industry.
• Excellent communication skills including verbal and visual presentations.
• A proactive self-starter with excellent organisational skills.
• Good problem-solving skills.
• A practical person who is happy to take on physical tasks and work outside in all weathers.
• Good experience using Microsoft suite of programmes – Word, Outlook, Excel.
• Commutable distance from the site.
• Full UK driving licence.

Desirable:
• Degree / qualifications in a land management or natural science-based discipline
• Experience within wetland creation and management
• Health and Safety qualifications (full training will be given)
• Adaptive to changing requirements and the excitement of working in a fast moving start up.

 

How to apply
If you wish to apply for this role, please submit a CV and short Covering Letter explaining your motivation for applying and briefly addressing the essential criteria for the role (up to 500 words) via the Change Agents UK Careers Page. We also ask you to complete an optional Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring form; this does not form any part of the selection process but is used to help us monitor the effectiveness of our policy.

Application Deadline: 10am Monday 8th April 2024
Telephone Interview: w/c 8th April 2024
Interview Date: 18th April 2024
Anticipated Start Date: ASAP

You are welcome to get in touch with us with any questions before applying – please email us at applications@changeagents.org.uk or call us on 01572 723419.

Job offers will be subject to suitable right-to-work and reference checks and the successful applicant may be required to undergo a DBS check.

Change Agents UK is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion. We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, particularly where there is under-representation. If you need additional support to enable you to complete the application process, please contact us.

Information on placement terms can be found at www.changeagents.org.uk/information-employment-terms

 

About the Company:
Nattergal Ltd

Nattergal is a nature restoration company with a mission to “deliver nature recovery at scale to provide vital benefits for society and sustainable financial returns”. Nattergal aims to restore degraded ecosystems at scale, initially through the purchase of ecologically degraded and unproductive land with limited employment.

The company aims to return ecosystems to nature in perpetuity, thereby increasing biodiversity, sequestering carbon, and providing a local nature-based economy. The initial focus is on lowland reversion projects in England, replicating the successes delivered at our partner organisation Knepp, now one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the UK. For more info please see: https://www.nattergal.co.uk/

Change Agents UK:
Change Agents UK Trading Ltd works as a non-profit sustainability employment business and agency and is wholly owned by Change Agents UK Charity. Change Agents UK have worked in Sustainability education and employment for 25 years, supporting our partners to create superb opportunities in sustainability, delivering real impact and change and providing training and skills support for our Change Agents on placement.

 

Benefits:
Annual Leave: 25 Days + 8 Bank Holidays
Pension Information: Pension Scheme

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