We’re looking for an Ecologist with the skills, determination, and knowledge to support us in achieving our strategic goal of ensuring 30% of Derbyshire is managed for nature by 2030, facilitating the active delivery of the creation and restoration of wild spaces in the county.

The role of Nature Recovery Advisor sits within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s professional ecological consultancy team, Wild Solutions. You’ll be joining a growing team of dedicated ecologists, providing professional ecological services both on the Trusts land, and externally to a wide range of clients and stakeholders including businesses, councils and private landowners.

At Wild Solutions we specialise in providing evidence-based, stakeholder-focused conservation projects, driven by place-based ecosystem service provision, nature-based solutions and rewilding. In this role you will work on a diverse range of projects, carrying out ecological surveys and monitoring schemes You’ll produce habitat management and creation plans, as well as large scale biodiversity strategies and master plans seeking out green finance opportunities to fund nature’s recovery. See our website to learn more about our Wild Solutions team and the projects this role will involve https://www.wildsolutionsdwt.co.uk/.

To be successful you will be an experienced ecologist who is passionate about developing nature-based solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis we are facing. You will be a critical thinker, recognising the importance of natural capital, rewilding and ecosystem services. In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Delivering and designing naturebased solutions for nature and other natural capitals: we want to see landscape scale changes to address the issues that society faces including biodiversity loss, carbon sequestration and storage, and reducing the risk and impact of flooding.
  • Working with colleagues, landowners, and partners to identify opportunities for developing, linking, and enhancing sites to create nature recovery networks.
  • Undertaking ecological surveys and monitoring of sites: including Local Wildlife Sites, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust reserves and privately owned land.

What we can offer you:

  • Flexible working options, we have adopted a 9-day working fortnight meaning all full time staff get a non-working Friday every fortnight
  • 33 days annual leave including bank holidays, we also have a festive shutdown so all staff get the days between Christmas and New Year off in addition to their leave entitlement
  • Climate Perks (extra leave granted for staff using more green, sustainable transport)
  • 9.5% employer pension contribution
  • Electric bike and car salary-sacrifice schemes available
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life Assurance Scheme
  • Personalised Development programme designed to enhance your knowledge and progress your career
  • A multi-disciplinary business, with opportunities to work on a wide range of projects, developing your experience and skills
  • A close-knit, friendly and supportive team, with a relaxed office atmosphere

About you

This role might be right for you if:

  • You are looking for a dynamic, fulfilling career where you can make a real difference to natures recovery.
  • You are organised and can manage a varied workload.
  • You have a good understanding of British ecology, ecosystem services, green finance and natural capital.
  • You are an experienced ecological surveyor.
  • You have experience of working with clients and can foster and maintain great relationships.

If you are interested in the role, please fill out the application following the Person Specification table in the associated documents.

We are happy to talk flexible working!   

This role will be based at our office in Middleton although a balance of home and office working will be allowed. We are a local charity so applicants should be easily able to access our office and other locations around the county.

Interviews are planned for 18th March.

For more information, please refer to the job description and key terms attached, to apply please specify in your application how you meet the criteria identified within the Person Specification in the Job Description document. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents, or require adjustments to the application process, please either email recruitment@derbyshirewt.co.uk or call 01773 881188.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer that strives to be a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone is valued. We welcome applications from eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We recognise that our workforce needs to represent the communities and people we work with. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the wider charity and conservation sector, such as people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

We are proudly a Disability Confident Commitment employer. The scheme is helping us recruit and retain great people to meet our workforce needs. As a member of the scheme we interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role. You can request this and adjustments including accessible formats of this vacancy by emailing Recruitment@derbyshirewt.co.uk