Local Wildlife Sites Officer

Location: Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex

Contract Type: Fixed Term for 3 years from start date, with the possibility of extension

Hours: 35.00 per week (full time)

Days of Working: Monday to Friday

Salary: £27,466.56 per annum

Closing Date: Sunday 15th April 2018

Interview Date: Monday 30th April 2018

THE TRUST

The Sussex Wildlife Trust is a charity dedicated to the conservation of nature in Sussex. We want Sussex to be a home for nature’s recovery, where people and wildlife can thrive together. As part of our commitment to ensuring that nature is a central consideration in decision making across Sussex, the Trust hosts and supports the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre (SxBRC).

SxBRC is one of a network of local environmental record centres around the UK. It provides environmental information services encompassing biodiversity, geodiversity and other aspects of Sussex’s natural capital.SxBRC works in partnership with data providers and data users – including local planning authorities, government agencies and conservation organisations – for public benefit.

THE ROLE

Local Wildlife Sites (LWSs) are non-statutory, locally designated sites. That means their only protection is through the planning system; and through landowners and local people caring about them.

The Local Wildlife Sites Officer role is a new position dedicated to establishing a functioning Local Wildlife Sites system for Sussex: ensuring that LWSs can be accurately represented in Local Plans; given due consideration in the planning & development process; and receive targeted management advice, with the ultimate aim of getting more sites into positive conservation management.

This is a unique opportunity to be directly involved in nature conservation in Sussex. The successful candidate will have the full support of colleagues in the Sussex Wildlife Trust, SxBRC and our partner organisations to help them maximise the potential of this role.

THE PERSON
We are looking to recruit someone with significant experience in ecological surveying and preparation of professional ecological survey reports, with a graduate qualification in ecology or related discipline (or equivalent experience). Knowledge of Sussex sites, landscapes, habitats and species would be a distinct advantage.

KEY SKILLS
As well as ecological survey and species identification skills, we are looking for someone with an aptitude for managing data and information. Another key requirement will be the ability to engage effectively with landowners and other stakeholders.

THE BENEFITS
Based at Woods Mill, one of the Trust’s nature reserves near Henfield, this role offers flexible working, 24 days annual leave, access to an Employee Assistance Scheme and the opportunity to help the Sussex Wildlife Trust make a real difference to local wildlife.