East Wight Wetlands Officer - Isle of Wight

Closing date:
Salary: circa £24k-£25k depending upon qualifications and experience
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Isle of Wight, Variety of sites across the Island.
Salary Circa £24k-£25k depending on qualifications and experience; full-time 35 hours per week; permanent contract; based at Bouldnor Forest, Isle of Wight

As part of the Solent & Isle of Wight Team, this post is crucial to the successful delivery of the Trust’s Reserves and Wilder vision on the Isle of Wight. Initially focusing on the completion of a Wetland Restoration project under the HLF funded Down to the Coast, East Wight Landscape Partnership, the role will then evolve in to the Isle of Wight Reserve Officer position. The role will initially focus on Wetland restoration and capital works delivery in the East Wight before changing to management of the Isle of Wight Reserves.

Contact details

Please download an application form and return it to recruitment@hiwwt.org.uk  . CV's will not be accepted. For any further information please email or call us on 01489 774400.

The Down to the Coast Wetland Restoration project seeks to restore wetlands in the East Wight. As we enter the last year of the project the successful candidate will be expected to finish the final phase of restoration and capital works over a number of sites. Legacy planning for future management will also be required.

Upon completion of the project the role will change into the Reserves Officer position which will involve the management of the Isle of Wight Reserves. This suite of sites is composed of 11 reserves covering a wide range of habitats. The post holder has the responsibility of taking forward varied management plans that will include implementing a programme of habitat & estate management work. It will also include the establishment of reserve infrastructure, signage, interpretation and other tasks as required. This role has the responsibility for the line management of the Isle of Wight Assistant Reserves Officer, the recruitment & supervision of volunteers and coordination of a varied programme of volunteering and public engagement activities.

This is a challenging role that requires both a high degree of practical competency, initiative & enthusiasm and associated administrative skills. The post holder will be an experienced land manager with a good understanding of varied habitats and their ecology and management. Experience of managing wetland sites and related birdlife is essential. Flexible working will be required and experience in the use of power tools and tractors will be essential. Knowledge of conservation grazing systems and livestock husbandry will be an advantage.

The post holder will be the public face of the Isle of Wight Reserves. A confident and engaging communication approach will be essential. A full driving licence is required.

Closing date: Friday 28th June 2019

Interviews: Friday 12th July 2019

We require completed application forms. CVs will not be accepted.