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Site Manager - Nags Head and Highnam Woods

Reference number: A3061119

Location: RSPB Nags Head

Are you ready to take on a new challenge and lead the RSPB Gloucestershire team to make an even greater impact for nature in the Forest of Dean and beyond as you take charge of two beautiful and distinct woodland reserves?

You'll have vision and drive, being highly motivated and self reliant, enthusiastic, bold and outward facing with excellent communication skills. Your leadership experience will enable you to inspire and motivate your direct reports, assistant warden and administrator, and strong team of 60 volunteers. Your vision and enthusiasm will bring the team together to deliver benefits for nature and develop opportunities to engage with visitors and local communities to support our work both locally and nationally.
Highnam Woods is renowned as the place to hear singing nightingales in spring. As well as being a custodian for this vulnerable breeding population at the edge of it's range, you will enhance the 120ha woodland, ensuring it continues to provide homes for lesser spotted woodpecker, dormouse and Bechstein and barbastelle bats, whilst enabling visitors to experience the joys a diverse, resilient well managed woodland has to offer.

Nagshead, at the heart of the Forest of Dean, is a special place for pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler and lesser spotted woodpecker among many other species, and is just part of the wider landscape. With the recent re-introduction of pine marten to the area and the controversial feral wild boar being widespread this is a dynamic and evolving landscape for wildlife. Working in collaboration with Forestry England, influencing and enhancing their management is an essential part of the role.

The peregrine viewing project at Symonds Yat Rock is an opportunity to expand and enhance our visibility within the Forest of Dean, and demonstrate the support and dedication of our volunteers who deliver a co-branded visitor experience both here and at Nagshead.

Working effectively with partners in this landscape is essential and through the Foresters' Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme you will have the opportunity to create lasting relationships and influence the future management of the Forest of Dean with partners including Natural England, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Forestry England and many more.

Salary starting at

£29,507 o £31,966 per annum - Applicants should expect under normal circumstances to receive an offer at the bottom of the advertised range

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Closing date: 29 November 2019
Interview date: 10 December 2019

How to apply

Our role profile describes the key result areas and skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A3061119 on your application.

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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.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Mel Dyer

Send application details to
Katherine Edwards-White