What we offer
So what do we offer to our employees?
Well most importantly you get to work in one of the most magnificent parts of the UK! Here in Hampshire we have globally important wetlands around the coastline of the Solent and medieval heathland landscapes in the New Forest. Our thriving cities and suburbs are surrounded by exceptional places for wildlife including gin-clear chalk rivers, flower-rich grasslands and ancient woodlands. And our jewel in the crown is the Isle of Wight where you can walk all day across downland turf and along spectacular cliffs. That’s our working environment and you could share it with us!
We offer an extraordinary place to work – our team are a passionate, friendly and dedicated bunch of true advocates for the natural world. We are an ambitious lot, and our exciting vision for the future drives us all forward, creating a buzzing energetic vibe in the office and beyond.
Despite the richness of our local wildlife, it is not immune to losses and declines. Our Wilder 2030 vision sets us on an ambitious path to create a wilder future and put nature into recovery. We want to restore and re-wild our land and sea, and see missing species to return. We want a deafening din, a cacophony of chirping and buzzing. We want great places to live that are good for people and good for wildlife. We want nature to be normal, for children to grow up with wild and green spaces to explore. We know this is what is needed for our food, oxygen, physical and mental health, our prosperity and for a strong and vibrant society. We know that nature’s recovery can help tackle the climate crisis.
We are offering you the opportunity to join team Wilder and help tip the balance in favour of nature’s recovery!
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Whether you are Reserves Officer shaping habitats for wildlife or a Finance Officer crunching the numbers, you are vital to the achievement of our vision for a wilder future. We want to make sure that you stay with us and feel valued, recognised and rewarded. So we benchmark our salaries against similar organisations to make sure we offer a competitive salary for all. We are also a living wage employer.
Securing your future is as important to us as securing the future for wildlife!
All our employees are auto-enrolled into our pension scheme. Those on permanent contracts, or fixed term contracts for over 2 years, receive 6% contribution from the Trust with an employee contribution of 2%.
Those on temporary or shorter termed contracts are auto-enrolled onto our NEST pension scheme, receiving a 3% contribution from the Trust and paying 5% themselves.
Whether you want to hibernate or travel south for the winter, you will receive 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays each year (pro-rated for part time staff). Your holiday entitlement will increase with your length of service to a maximum of 30 days per year.
As we work to tip the balance in favour of nature, we are keen to ensure that our employees have a healthy work life balance too. We are always ready to talk to staff about ways we may be able to support this. We have a number of staff who work part time, from home occasionally and have flexible working patterns.
Health and Wellbeing
Like nature, should you need support to recover, we offer enhanced sick pay above your statutory entitlement.
We also fund counselling sessions for employees who would like help with their mental health and wellbeing.
Learning and Development
We ensure that wildlife has a habitat to thrive in and we do the same for our staff. We commit to ensuring that our employees have the skills, knowledge and experience they need in order to excel at their role. We recognise talent and actively support professional and career development.
As an inclusive employer we recognise that our workforce needs to better reflect the communities in which we live and work. We encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a Movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.
Based on our gender pay gap calculations, on average (median) men and women are paid equally at the Trust and our mean calculations report that on average women get paid slightly more than men
The application process
- Please fully complete both ‘Application Form Part A’ and ‘Application Form Part B’ paying particular attention to section 8 - ‘additional information. This section will be used to shortlist candidates against the person specification. You need to demonstrate how you meet each of the required attributes listed in the person specification. It is not enough to state that you meet each criterion. We regret that we are not able to accept CVs in the interests of fair selection.
- Only those applications successfully shortlisted for interview will be contacted, if you do not hear from the Trust before the interview date advertised please assume you have not been successful.
- Please follow the application requirements and submission process noted on each vacancy’s advert.
- Download the maps and directions to our sites: Beechcroft House, Herriard Office (Basingstoke), Testwood Lakes Centre and Blashford Lakes Centre.
Click on the vacancy you are interested in below for further information and to download application pack.