South West Lakes Trust
Roadford Lake, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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1.1 JOB TITLE: Ecologist

1.2 SALARY: £22,000 - £26,000 per annum

1.3 LOCATION: Roadford Lake but required to travel to various sites in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset (and home working)

1.4 HOURS: 37 hours per week on a flexible basis; normal working hours will include weekends, Bank Holidays and some evenings.

1.5 RESPONSIBLE TO: Partnership and Business Development Director


2.1 Caring for and improving our natural environment

2.2 By working with local communities, volunteers, employees, partners and external funders you will improve and protect the natural environment around our lakes. You will ensure we are taking the right steps to preserve our habitats, landscapes and species whilst helping our visitors to enjoy them. You will achieve this by consulting with stakeholders, updating conservation management plans, delivering our environmental priorities and relevant funded projects


3.1 To provide specialist advice on ecological matters, to operations employees and contribute to development plans.

3.2 To deliver, in conjunction with partner organisations, the management, enhancement and interpretation of priority habitats and species contributing to the England Biodiversity Strategy 'Biodiversity 2020', county-level strategies and to meet the requirements of SWLT and SWW.

3.3 To organise and maintain biodiversity and geodiversity databases for SWLT as appropriate, including managing service level agreements and data exchange agreements with data suppliers for County Wildlife Sites and Regionally Important Geological Sites.

3.4 Organise relevant surveys by professionals as per project requirements.

3.5 To provide liaison between SWLT and regional organisations to ensure that biodiversity initiatives both recognise and take account of the biodiversity of the Lakes and action taken to protect and enhance it.

3.6 In conjunction with the Countryside Team plan and implement habitat restoration and management works as per the prescriptions of the site management plans utilising contractors as necessary and volunteers where appropriate.

3.7 Recruit and develop a team of volunteers to help regularly at key locations to implement management plans.

3.8 Manage project budgets to deliver project outcomes within budget. Support the development of future environmental projects.

3.9 Prepare appropriate reports and plans as required contributing to the development and review of Trust Integrated Management plans

3.10 Liaise with voluntary/statutory conservation bodies, landowners and graziers and local authorities keeping them informed and consulting them where applicable.

3.11 To seek appropriate resources from the public, private and voluntary sectors to assist with the above tasks.

3.12 Take responsibility for health and safety of self, colleagues, customers and contractors.

3.13 Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Trust.



4.1 Degree or equivalent in a relevant environmental discipline.

4.2 Current, clean driving licence, with towing endorsement.


4.3 At least two years' experience of employment in nature conservation, as well as an understanding of current nature conservation policy.

4.4 Knowledge and experience of working within designated sites and the requirements and restrictions this brings about.

4.5 Experience in conservation and countryside management including project management undertaking ecological studies and knowledge of geographical information systems.

4.6 Experience in developing and writing management plans.

4.7 Experience in managing contractors.

4.8 Experience in health and safety, particularly risk assessments.

4.9 Good geographical knowledge of Cornwall and Devon.


4.10 Good interpersonal skills and a good communicator at all levels with an enthusiasm for working with volunteers and stakeholders.

4.11 Ability to write concise accurate reports.

4.12 Enthusiastic with a positive approach to problem-solving and demonstrating a flexible approach.

4.13 A good organiser with proven ability to set priorities and to see tasks through to completion.

4.14 Proven volunteer management experience.

4.15 Ability to work under own initiative and take responsibility for the overall programme.

4.16 Proven ability to manage budgets.


4.17 Good knowledge of relevant machinery and equipment.

4.18 Chainsaw, brush cutter and off-road driving qualifications.

4.19 Ability to handle boats.