Conservation Officer

City of London

Salary: Salary in the range of £39,360 – £44,760 per annum (inclusive of all allowances)
depending on experience
Location: Burnham Beeches NNR, SAC/Stoke Common SSSI
Contractual hours: 35
Job reference: OENV0108

This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in protecting and enhancing exceptional
nature reserves as part of the City of London’s Natural Environment Division. You will join the
team at Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common in Buckinghamshire, helping manage these nationally
and internationally recognised nature reserves which together consist of 300 ha of ancient
woodland, wood pasture, valley bog and heathland visited by over 600,000 people each year. You
will also influence and advise on management of other sites within ‘The Commons’ including
National Nature Reserves in Surrey and Kent.

You will support the teams responsible for our nature reserve management, helping to develop
management plans and polices, delivering ecological surveying and conservation projects. You
will monitor the impacts of our management and operations, advising on changes to work
programmes or grazing regimes. This role will coordinate the administration of local
agri-environment agreements and work closely with other staff to engage with emerging policy
and develop opportunities to deliver work programmes and nature recovery across The Commons.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and professional officer who is organised and motivated and
able to prioritise their workload to help ensure our open spaces remain outstanding areas for
biodiversity while coping with large numbers of visitors. You will need to have the ability and
confidence to work independently using your own initiative but also work effectively as part of
a wider team.

You will be office and field based, you will need to write reports, collect evidence and engage
with a variety of stakeholders in the private and public sectors. The ability to communicate
well both in writing and verbally is therefore essential for this role.

This role will offer opportunities to look outwards, working closely with our neighbours and
colleagues in other organisations looking to deliver nature’s recovery on a landscape scale.

What we need from you

  • Degree-level qualification in a relevant subject or ability to show equivalent work experience.
  • Experience of managing projects and working to survey, protect and /or manage important sites,
    species or habitats.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational) – including an ability to
    speak confidently and cogently in public and advocating a position to those who may have a
    different view.
  • Strong and effective self-management and organisational skills.
  • The ability to use specialised IT systems, such as GIS.
  • Ability to form effective teams and work effectively as a team player and leader.
  • Sufficient understanding of landscape scale conservation; land use and management; planning
    systems; to be able to lead casework response and advise staff on appropriate responses and
  • Hold a current full UK valid licence to drive fleet vehicles. (cars and vans)

You will work 35 hours per week, your duties will often require you to work outside and also
occasional weekend and evening.

Starting salary will be dependent upon qualifications and experience. For further information
about Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common you can visit our website.

To apply please visit 

Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for the job is 12 noon on 26 June 2023.

Interviews will be held on the 11 July 2023.

Please contact 020 7332 3978 (24 hr. answerphone) quoting reference number OENV0108 if you
experience any problems. A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available on 020 7332

The City of London is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all
sections of the community.

These posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and as part of the selection
process the successful applicants will be required to obtain a Standard Disclosure &
Barring Service check.

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