IRC79152 - National Specialist - Agricultural Ecologist- Swindon
National Trust placeHeelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2NA
RequirementsCompliance.Eligibility to Work in the UK
Closing Date: 24 April 2019
Interviews: 2 May 2019
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Put simply, our strategy is to “Look after what we’ve got” and “Restore a healthy and beautiful natural environment.” We’ve set tough energy reduction targets, are on track to derive 50% of our energy use from renewables by 2020/21 and we’re implementing plans to ensure that our Land is maintained to the highest possible standards.
A new phase of our programme is about to begin and we are appointing an expert in Agricultural Ecology to provide specialist advice for priority projects across the entire Trust. We need you to create a bridge between the Agriculture and Nature conservation/Ecologist communities, helping us to fulfil our conservation objectives – and implement economically-sustainable Farming systems.
What it's like to work here
We’re bigger than you think, we’re more complicated than we appear and we’re larger scale than you’d imagine. We’ve got passionate people in all our teams, and we’ve got so much more we want to achieve. We’re for ever, for everyone and we really mean that. We don’t want to stop at 5.5 million members and we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy access to our places, so we need to reach new audiences in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them without losing the hearts and minds of those that are already with us.
Our central head office, Heelis, is situated in Swindon, Wiltshire. We're well placed, with ample parking nearby, a shopping outlet with plenty of options for places to eat, and the town centre only a 10 minute walk away. Alternatively you can enjoy our open plan atrium space for lunch times, with our internal café available every day.
What you'll be doing
You’ll be the Trust's expert in Agricultural Ecology, providing clear insight into Ecological evidence and understanding across a range of real-Farm situations.
You’ll identify the need for additional external expertise or services, securing external funding where necessary, commissioning, supervising and ensuring that resources are used effectively.
You’ll work across disciplines with social scientists, environmental economists and others to monitor and help deliver agro-ecological approaches across National Trust farmland.
You’ll test and validate National Trust metrics for 'High Nature Status' and assess other practical initiatives appropriate to a range of National Trust/UK Farm environments.
You’ll collaborate with the Trust’s Head of Soils & Farming to lead research in agro-ecology and work with colleagues to build capacity in research into agro-ecosystems across the National Trust.
You’ll disseminate best practice and novel approaches, working with the External Affairs and Land & Nature Directors to influence Policy change.
Who we're looking for
You’ll hold a relevant PhD qualification (e.g. Agriculture or Ecology) or equivalent achievement, and have significant post-qualification experience in the same field. You’ll have excellent external contacts, be well connected in nature conservation organisations and communities of interest - and will have a broad knowledge and significant experience of the application of conservation principles in heritage settings. In addition you’ll have:-
- Excellent communication, media and public-speaking skills, the ability to influence and advocate, explaining the benefits of changing practice and behaviour.
- The ability to address audiences of professionals - both internally and externally - and build effective relationships with them, training, coaching and mentoring, encouraging the sharing of learning and ideas.
- The ability to interpret and respond to research, analysis and policy developments.
- Creativity and innovation
- Project management skills- the ability to prioritise across multiple work streams, based on subject area and organisational priorities.
- Advanced IT skills, using relational databases and other specialist software.
- Experience of working in interdisciplinary teams, developing and delivering innovation.
- Demonstrated the ability to win research funding.
- Experience of designing, procuring and managing prioritised programmes.
- Experience of writing papers and publishing articles in professional journals, organising and presenting at workshops, seminars and conferences.
- Previous experience in an environmental, heritage or cultural environment and of working in a customer focused organisation.
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!