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Upland Skies - Project Development Manager

Reference number: A6520319

Location: Peak District/Sheffield

Do you love the hills, moors, valleys and the wildlife that needs these areas to thrive?

The RSPB, National Trust, Peak District National Park Authority, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have been working in partnership to develop this an exciting project to engage the communities of urban Sheffield and those living in and visiting the Peak District National Park with the natural heritage of the Peak DistrictDark Peak focusing on birds of prey in the Dark Peak. The aim is to create awareness of the importance of these birds to our urban and moorland heritage and empower communities to take action to protect these birds of prey across the landscape.

Birds of prey (including hen harriers, peregrines, merlin, goshawk and owls) are highly protected but despite this the populations of birds of prey in the Peak Ddistrict are in trouble. Large scale habitat restoration of blanket bog in the Dark Peak has the potential to help these species but more awareness of their plight and how they can be helped is needed if their fortunes are to be turned around.

The Peak District is a unique National Park being a wild upland space in close proximity to large urban populations including in Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Oldham meaning the scope for public engagement in the wider area surrounding the national park is almost limitless.

This post is for the development period of this project and will enable us to create a 4 year HLF funded project to deliver an exciting and varied programme of public engagement and education activities and to champion positive land management and as well as enhance the protection of birds of prey. We will work creatively to deliver face to face, digital and outreach activities focused on inspiring and enthusing people to champion birds of prey.

This is a really fantastic opportunity for you to work with the partnership during the project development period. You will lead the project development work and assist in the writing of the Round 2 HLF bid for submission in May 2020.

This is a 12 month role and the post holder will need to be based in the project area.

We are looking for an experienced project manager who is able to engage with a wide range of stakeholders including communities, visitors, volunteers and consultants. You will have great communication and organisational skills and be able to produce a range of reports in a short time frame. Ideally you will have experience of developing HLF projects and good knowledge of upland and bird of prey conservation issues.

We believe in equality of opportunity, and are open to discussion of any adjustments you might need to achieve your full potential. We are committed to better reflecting society within our workforce, and are keen to encourage more applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities and younger people who are currently underrepresented as RSPB employees. All applications will be judged on solely on merit.

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

£25,463 to £27,585 per annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: 12 month contract

Closing date: 27 March 2019
Interview date: 10 April 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 A6520319 on your application.

Role Profile (Word 326Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Job information pack (PDF 840Kb, requires Adobe Reader)

Application details (Word 30Kb, requires Microsoft Word)

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Helen Byron
07843 291052

Send application details to
Jacqui Green
The RSPB, Denby Dale Office, Westleigh Mews, Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8QD, 01484 868441