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£42,500 per annum

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is looking for a Head of Conservation to lead and shape our work to protect and restore wildlife. We need an experienced individual with energy, motivation, vision, and a strong track record in nature conservation and land management to take forward the Trust’s vision for a Living Landscape, rich in wildlife, valued and enjoyed by all.

As Head of Conservation you will have overall responsibility for driving the development and delivery of the Trust’s conservation strategy and work programmes across our nature reserves and in the wider countryside, to make Leicestershire and Rutland richer for wildlife and people. You will also play a key role in linking nature conservation with other Trust activities, including community engagement, fundraising, financial management and external relations.

Based at our headquarters building, The Old Mill, in Leicester, the Head of Conservation will provide direction and leadership to the Conservation Team of 16 staff and substantial volunteer support. You will have overall responsibility for day-to-day management, policy / project development and delivery, long-term planning, budgeting, and staff management.

The Conservation Team’s work covers:

Nature reserves:

Management of 35 nature reserves covering 1,234 hectares and including 19 SSSIs, two NNRs and one SPA.  This nature reserve portfolio includes:

  • Significant wetland creation sites, including Rutland Water Nature Reserve and 160 hectares of land alongside the River Soar
  • Ancient woodlands
  • A large area of heathland within a 224 hectare site
  • Important grasslands including former quarry sites of varied geology.

Wider Countryside:

  • Developing the Trust’s Living Landscape projects
  • Providing advice on biodiversity and conservation
  • Using advocacy and partnership working to influence local and national policies and practice.

The successful candidate will possess excellent leadership skills, have extensive knowledge of UK wildlife and its conservation requirements, experience of relevant policy and legislation, and a proven track record in land management, partnership working, project development and income generation.

You must be able to maintain our high standards in conservation management, and have an enthusiasm to spearhead new initiatives in nature conservation, whilst also participating in the development of projects to increase public awareness and engagement that achieve a positive impact on biodiversity across the two counties.

If you have a high level of commitment to protecting and restoring the natural environment and its wildlife, and are keen to join a senior management team dedicated to taking the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust forward, we want to hear from you!

For further information and how to apply visit Networx Recruitment:


Deadline for applications: Monday 4th March 2019 at 12 noon

Interviews will be held on Thursday 28th March 2019

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A great way to support your local Wildlife Trust whilst supplementing your income!

We are looking for friendly, independent and self-motivated people of all ages to work with us and encourage members of the public to join the Wildlife Trust.

Our Membership Recruiters work independently at venues (pre-booked by our in-house team) such as local shops, garden centres and county shows/events.

If you have an outgoing personality and an interest in nature and your local environment then we would love to hear from you. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your experience to a position where you can contribute directly to cause that you are passionate about.

  • Hours: 18 - 30 hours per week including weekend working.

  • Salary: Competitive salary offered, up to £13 p/hr being earned on average after commission. Our targets can easily be hit and top performers are making well in excess of £20 per hour.

  • Benefits: Full training provided, performance based commission, travel contributions, holiday entitlement, pension scheme and referral bonuses.

Successful applicant requirements:

  • We are looking for outgoing people with a passion or interest in wildlife and nature who are able to talk to anyone and everyone in a positive and friendly manner.

  • If you are looking for a rewarding non-office based role in order to supplement your income/pension this could be the perfect role for you.

  • If you have experience of fundraising, sales or customer facing roles this would be desirable, although it is not essential as we provide full training. We employ fundraisers with very different backgrounds, work experiences and ages.

  • Your own car and valid driving license is essential.

Please contact us for more information;


Tel: 0333 3207 273


Deadline 31st March 2019.

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