What it’s like to work here
With climate, nature and the environment high on the UK’s agenda, the National Trust has a key role to play in making a difference on our own land and beyond. These exciting new roles will do just that. Sitting within our national Nature & Science team you will support the design and delivery of our strategic activity across Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Working with colleagues across operational teams, internal and external consultancy and partner organisations you will help project manage the developing National Trust peat programme or facilitate the implementation of BNG policy (in England only). You will also get involved in other projects and activities that support nature’s recovery and evidence the difference we are making.
What you’ll be doing
- Using your project/programme management skills to support the establishment and delivery of a Trust wide peat programme including facilitating programme management meetings and leading on internal communications.
- Working with colleagues and partners to create an internal network and a programme of learning, sharing and training in peat restoration and management.
- Using your technical and practical knowledge to contribute to developing standards and approaches to peat data collection and management that will allow us to plan restoration trajectories and monitor and evidence impact at different scales.
- Working with operational colleagues and partners to tackle some of the barriers and challenges we face in peatland restoration and translating nature conservation and land use policy into practice.
- Bringing live peatland projects together into a programme and identifying resources and funding needed for delivery.
- Providing evidence-based advice on habitat creation and management for nature conservation, particularly in relation to development.
- Developing and implementing process that ensures compliance of our own developments in England, maximising the opportunity to engage with other developers to deliver their obligations (supporting our strategic ambition for nature), and integrating the developing wider offsetting agenda including carbon and nutrients.
- Ensuring that the relevant professional communities are aware, engaged and trained appropriately to deliver BNG confidently going forward.
- Liaising and sharing with external bodies such as eNGOs, Local Planning Authorities and government bodies to ensure we are setting best practice. Testing the implications of working externally in partnership with developers and identifying criteria for forming strategic relationships.
- Promoting a nationwide strategic approach to BNG. You will nurture a culture of working collaboratively to achieve benefits locally and regionally, that further our national strategic ambition for nature.
- Using your knowledge of relevant legislation and policy including BNG, Town & Country Planning Acts, and land management grant schemes to win opportunities in support of our ambition for nature and climate.
Who we’re looking for
- A strong background in ecology or practical nature conservation including technical expertise in peatland management and restoration, or providing evidence-based advice on nature conservation in relation to development.
- Experience of project and programme planning, management and delivery, at scale and with multiple partners/stakeholders.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and thrive on working collaboratively. Demonstrable consulting skills of listening, building trust and delivering as promised
- Strong organisational and excellent communication skills; good IT skills for project management, GIS and databases and excellent analytical skills with the ability to wrangle data to produce summaries and reports.
- Self-led and proactive, able to identify opportunities and develop them independently.