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Countryside Engagement Officer

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28 Jun 2021

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Do you have a passion for helping people connect to nature? Experience of working with Ranger teams and managing volunteers? The ability to translate ideas into action?

We'd love you to bring your skills of organisation and creativity and organisation to the biggest conservation charity in Europe. With inspiring nature on our doorstep and landscape-scale conservation taking place across the remote uplands of Peak District, there's certainly something to share with our visitors and communities. It will be your job to make sure we're doing that effectively all year round

What it's like to work here

The National Trust in the Peak District is at the forefront of conservation -managing its Estate through a small but dedicated team, to the highest international standards for conservation, access and wider public benefits.

The High Peak Estate is the largest landholding within the Peak District portfolio. It is a highly valued destination for many visitors, National Trust members and outdoor enthusiasts. It provides a location for outdoor experiences but is also a place where people live and work. The Estate does not host specific visitor facilities, but through this role we can engage people with our conservation work, inspiring a greater appreciation and support for this special place and how these complex elements work together.

We have a leading 50-year Vision for upland management in the High Peak - encompassing the planting of clough woodlands, through to restoration of wildlife rich ecosystems across large areas of moorland, all in the context of a cultural landscape. We work with our tenants, partners, community stakeholders, volunteers and user groups to achieve our aims.

What you'll be doing

With the Peak District's inspiring natural landscape and cultural heritage, there's everything here to fire your imagination. Your role work will help to celebrate promote the special qualities of these beautiful places and the conservation work that goes on to keep it special.

You will work with the Countryside Manager for the High Peak to ensure that the visitor experience is in tune with our landscape and our environment. You will communicate the important work that we do and champion our cause. You'll deliver outstanding interpretation, be involved in developing projects and engagement programmes - all developed with visitors and local communities in mind.

You will work closely with the Ranger team to understand and communicate their work, developing content to be shared through a variety of media. You'll be part of the recruitment and management of volunteers who will help us to engage with our visitors and champion the Countryside Code.

You'll also coordinate the Active Outdoor Provider Scheme across the Peak District and work with recreational user groups. You will develop a thorough understanding of our audiences and deliver engagement that will influence behaviours and help manage risk.

Overall, you will build relationships with teams, tenants, communities, partners and stakeholders across the Peak District to develop engagement opportunities and to ensure success in implementation.

Please note that internally this role is called ' Senior Visitor Experience Officer'.

Who we're looking for
  • Understand how to interpret significant landscapes and nature conservation to varied audiences, preferably within an upland context
  • Have extensive experience of delivering engagement activities and high standards of presentation, working in an outdoors setting
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, able to deal with visitors and user groups in a variety of situations
  • Have the experience in managing and delivering projects - working successfully with partners and stakeholders
  • Have good people skills, enabling good working relationships with those in your team and across the property
  • Excellent organisational, coordination skills and attention to detail
  • Experience of working with and managing volunteers
  • Have an understanding of marketing and communication principles and experience using them successfully to communicate stories
  • Be self-motivated and have experience in managing your own workload independently
  • Have a driving licence
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