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Visitor Development Officer

Reference number: A5010119

Location: Cumbria

Are you passionate about nature and with an entrepreneurial streak? We are looking for someone to develop a range of visitor focused income generating initiatives at Haweswater in the Lake District.

We believe that Haweswater offers something a unique in the Lake District. Quieter and wilder, it offers opportunities for engagement with nature not currently available elsewhere in the National Park.

Over the past year the team at Haweswater have trialled a number of initiatives, ranging from a programme of guided walks to pop-up hotels. It will be your job to continue to develop and promote these and other initiatives so that they become a reliable income stream, supporting the reserve operation and enabling us to deliver more for nature.

Based at our office at Haweswater, you will work closely with the Haweswater site manager, farm staff and wardens, as well as network of external partners.

This is a new role and a new way of working at Haweswater and so we will need you to be well organised and record all of the finances and other measures of success associated with your activities. There is the potential for the role to be extended if the model of low volume, high value initiatives can be shown to meet financial targets.

As well being out on site, leading walks and events, we will also expect you to help promote them using a range of media.

Please see "Additional Information" for more detail about Haweswater and this exciting opportunity.

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Salary starting at

£17,276 to £18,716 per annum pro rata

Hours & contract information

Hours: Part time, 22.5 hours per week
Contract: 12 months fixed term

Closing date: 1 February 2019
Interview date: 13 February 2019

How to apply

Our job information pack and accompanying role profile tell you all about the key result areas and the skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A5010119 on your application.

Role Profile (Word 136Kb, requires Microsoft Word)
This is the profile the role is matched to within the RSPB pay and reward structure and should be viewed alongside the Job Information Pack.

Job information pack (PDF 614Kb, requires Adobe Reader)

Application details (Word 31Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Lee Schofield
01931 713376

Send application details to
Marie Stawarski
The RSPB, Lancaster Office, RSPB Northern England Region, 7.3.1 Cameron House, White Cross Estate, Lancaster, LA1 4XF, 01524 581000