Nature and Wildlife Officer


Salary Details:

Closing date for applications:

12-14 months fixed term with possibility of extension.

Hours: 22-26hrs /week – some flexibility to suit the preferred candidate

Office Location: The Factory, Kendal, Cumbria

Closing date: 3 June (midnight)

Interview date: 13 June

Do you want to play a crucial role in conserving our iconic wading birds and wildlife? Are you comfortable and confident talking with farmers, wildfowlers and volunteers? Can you support volunteers to help visitors learn about birds and prevent disturbance? Do you understand land management, the rural economy and the pressures on wading birds? Can motivate and support farmers to increase the nature conservation value of their land.

We’re looking for a keen and energetic project co-ordinator. You should be a good communicator, enthusiastic about raising awareness and motivating action. Ideally you are an ecologist or ornithologist with a good understanding of recreational disturbance, and the value of working in partnership with land managers.

This role requires good organisation and project management skills, a practical approach and a willingness to get stuck in. We expect you to be committed to evidence-based conservation. Part of the role involves working with volunteers to protect roosting and nesting birds and reducing disturbance.

You’ll be a joining a friendly and highly motivated team – delivering nature, heritage, disabled access, cycle ways and volunteering projects. It’s a rewarding job and a great place to work. This is an exciting opportunity and one that’s central to shaping our work for nature and wildlife.

We are looking for recent experience of

  • Working constructively with farmers and volunteers
  • Delivering awareness raising campaigns and
  • Project co-ordination and delivery.

You will

  • Understand wading bird conservation and coastal ecology
  • Be able to influence and encourage behaviour change – such as with dog walkers
  • Be enthusiastic about managing volunteers and working with community groups
  • Take an active role in supporting new opportunities and securing funding for future activities.
  • Be a passionate advocate for our wading birds.

This is a fixed term contract for 12-14 months starting as soon as possible in the summer. Closing date: midnight 3 June.  Interview date 13 June.

Apply by email with your CV and a cover letter detailing why you want to work with us, how you meet the requirements of the post as described in the recruitment pack and what you will bring. We will acknowledge your application.  Recruitment Pack