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Countryside Manager

National Trust
Closing date
23 May 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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There's so much opportunity here for you to make a difference for nature and people.?We have big goals, not only to protect the significant habitats across the Estate, including Calke Park National Nature Reserve, but to extend these beyond our boundaries, with a newly established agreement with Severn Trent as a step towards a wider landscape scale partnership. Alongside this, our vision is for Calke to become?a "destination estate" connected for people by an extensive network of access and a menu of experiences that genuinely offer something for everyone. We're well on the way to realising these goals, so it is an exciting time of progress and ongoing development.
What it's like to work here
One of the East Midlands' top 10 visitor attractions, Calke Abbey is a successful property. The distinct visitor experience gives a vivid portrayal of the 20th century decline of the great country house estate. Reporting to the General Manager, your team consists of 2 Area Rangers leading a team of 4 Rangers and 40 volunteers within the whole property team of circa 120 staff and 550 volunteers.

Salary in the range of £35,000 to £40,000 depending on experience and fit for the role. For more information please see attached brochure.
What you'll be doing
You'll lead the conservation, presentation, and experience of the outdoors.?This comes with some exciting challenges. You'll work at a strategic level to lead and implement our plans to protect and conserve the landscape, whilst balancing this with increasing demand for our supporters to access and enjoy the outdoors.

You'll guide our ambition to improve the land and habitats of the estate. We have a detailed Estate Management Plan that has identified where we can make substantial gains for nature across the portfolio and by improving connections across the whole Estate.

To realise our long-term goals, it will be crucially important to work with our partners at a landscape scale, looking to play our part in linking up important habitats and working with the farming community. There is opportunity to join up our nature strategy and develop access to?nature for a diverse and growing audience.
Who we're looking for
We would love to hear from you if you have the following experience:
  • Motivated, you're someone who will inspired by the conservation goals of the Trust
  • With passion and enthusiasm you'll understand nature conservation, public access, and the heritage sector
  • You'll need leadership experience to manage a diverse team
  • A background in conservation, land management or forestry would be an advantage,
  • Experience handling complex and sometimes controversial issues would be useful
  • Ability to demonstrate where you have delivered change and results across a demanding agenda
The package
The National Trust has the motto 'For everyone, for ever' at its heart. We're working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It's important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we're for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you're from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you - and it doesn't matter if you're jam first, cream first, or even if you don't like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.
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