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Conservation Officer (River Esk) - 3 year fixed term contract


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We’re now looking for a River Esk Conservation Officer to lead the catchment partnership for the River Esk and to support enhancements on the river for a 3 year fixed term contract.

The Benefits

- Salary of £20,903 - £23,541
- Local government pension scheme
- 24 days’ annual leave (rising by 1 day / year annually)
- Based in Helmsley office with some home and field based work.

This is an incredible opportunity for an ecology or environmental science professional with an enthusiasm and interest in river processes, restoration and freshwater ecology to develop their career and support this vital programme of work.

The Esk is an important watercourse in North Yorkshire, flowing through nearly 30 miles of rural land and providing a home to a the wealth of wildlife, a rare spawning ground for salmon and trout and supporting a rare population of Freshwater Pearl Mussels. It is vital to protect the delicate balance of the river to support these species.

With great historic value as well as vital ecological worth, the Esk and its catchment is a pivotal watercourse, ecology and environment that must be carefully managed and improved to ensure we do not lose its inhabitants nor its intrinsic value. And that’s where you come in.

Keep reading to find how you can support the Esk and help North York Moors retain this vital environment.

The Role

As the River Esk Conservation Officer, you will be tasked with delivering a programme of practical works to improve the River Esk and other water bodies within the catchment area.

Specifically, you will work to benefit a range of species including salmonids and Freshwater Pearl Mussels, focusing on improving water quality.

Working with the North York Moors National Park Trust, the Conservation Team and external partners, you will deliver a suite of projects including offering grants and giving land manager advice to improve the freshwater environment.

Your role will also involve:

- Delivering a range of practical work, setting up agreements with land managers to improve the habitat of the Esk and coastal streams
- Developing a catchment-wide juvenile fish monitoring programme
- Working with the community on ‘Discovering the Esk’ projects
- Setting up a monitoring, evaluation and recording programme and plan for new projects
- Helping to develop funding plans for the continuation of work on the Esk

About You

Our ideal candidate would

- Be educated to degree level or equivalent in an appropriate subject such as ecology or environmental science
- Have at least one years’ experience in a relevant field
- Have some knowledge of river restoration and freshwater ecology with a working knowledge of salmonids and Freshwater Pearl Mussels an advantage.
- Have relevant experience of working in rural areas with land managers, volunteers, partner organisations and communities in implementing countryside conservation projects
- Working knowledge of GIS packages
- Have excellent communication skills
- Demonstrate evidence of continued professional development
- And have a full suite of ICT skills including the use of emails, word processing, spreadsheets and database packages effectively

An understanding of current issues facing rural areas including economic, community and cultural issues would be beneficial to your application. Hands on experience of electro fishing is desirable (although full training will be offered) as is a knowledge and understanding of conducting field surveys in freshwater environments.

Other organisations may call this role Environmental Partnership Officer, Environmental Programme Officer, Environmental Project Manager, Conservation Project Manager, or Conservation Programme Officer.

This advert has been produced by Webrecruit in Collaboration with North York Moors National Park Authority.

Selection and interviews

Applications must be completed by midnight on 6 August 2021

Interviews are to be held on 16 and 17 August 2021

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Full Time
Fixed Term Contract

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Woodland Restoration Worker (age 16 to 24 yrs)


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Are you aged 16 – 24 and passionate about working in the countryside? Looking to gain valuable experience in practical conservation work tasks and contribute to the restoration of the North York Moor’s woodlands?

If so, this is an amazing opportunity to take your next steps towards a career in practical conservation with the North York Moors National Park Authority.

About Us

The North York Moors National Park Authority presides over one of the most phenomenal parts of the British Isles. Filled with picture book towns and villages, beautiful moorlands and fantastic woodland, the North York Moors is a unique area with diversity and ecosystems that are found nowhere else in the UK.

Funding has been secured for this new Team via a joint project with the National Park Authority and the North York Moors National Park Trust.

We are excited that we’ve received funding to support more young people into employment. As such, we’re looking for two Woodland Restoration Workers to join us on a fixed-term contract until 31 March 2022.

The Benefits

- Salary of £17,842 - £18,198 per annum
- Work within one of the UK’s most stunning landscapes
- 24 days annual leave per annum (rising annually by one day) plus eight public holidays
- Learn valuable skills from an experienced woodland management professional

This is an amazing chance to gain hands-on experience in a range of woodland management tasks, including removing and recycling redundant tree guards, tree planting and controlling invasive plants.

For us, this is a great opportunity to bring more young people into the Authority and equip a new team of people with skills that are in great demand to help us achieve our objectives.

For you, this is an important stepping stone where you can enhance your existing practical skills and make a difference to the woodlands in the National Park. We will discuss and agree a training package with you based on your existing knowledge and experience.

We’ll also support you to decide exactly where you want to go next, whether that’s securing similar employment locally or becoming a self-employed woodland management contractor at the end of your time with us.

The Role

As a Woodland Restoration Worker, you will deliver practical woodland management tasks across North York Moors National Park to ensure it’s woodlands can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Reporting to the Woodland Restoration Team Supervisor, you’ll carry out a range of outdoor tasks as part of a four person team.

You will develop your expertise in practical techniques used to increase the conservation value of woodlands and to assess the wildlife value of the habitat as well as the organisation of work tasks.

You will be working with a team of dedicated volunteers from the start and also will receive training in order to better support their journey with the National Park

This is a primarily practical role and you should have a good level of physical fitness. You’ll also need the drive to work in the varied weather conditions that we have in the North York Moors.

About You

To join us as a Woodland Restoration Worker, you’ll need:

- To be aged 16 – 24 (due to funding requirements)
- Some experience of woodland management work, such as planting, weed control, fencing and felling small trees
- An NVQ or City and Guilds qualification (or similar) in a practical discipline
- Proficiency in the use of powered tools and relevant equipment
- A love of working outdoors throughout the year
- To be a great team player

Previous experience of working with volunteers would be beneficial to your application.

So, if you think you could succeed as a Woodland Restoration Worker, please apply via the button shown. This advert has been produced by Webrecruit.

Working hours: Full time, 37 hours per week

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Trainee Caretaker (Sutton Bank National Park Centre) - Kickstart Scheme

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Kickstart Scheme for people aged 18 – 24 claiming Universal Credit.

Are you looking to join a forward-thinking organisation dedicated to protecting our national history? Do you love the idea of working within the stunning surroundings of the North York Moors? If so, read on.

About Us

North York Moors National Park Authority looks after one of the most phenomenal parts of the British Isles. Filled with picture book towns and villages, hideaways, beautiful moorlands and breath-taking scenery, the North York Moors is a unique area with diversity and ecosystems that are found nowhere else in the UK.
We now have an opportunity for a Trainee Caretaker to join us at our Sutton Bank Visitor Centre.

The Benefits

• Full time work at national minimum wage for age
• Excellent training and development opportunities
• Assistance with travelling. This assistance can be negotiated individually depending upon need

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a National Park rich in heritage and take on a key role in preserving this incredible part of the world for generations to come.

You will receive all the support you need to succeed in your role, including superb on-the-job training, a dedicated mentor and the chance to learn from an experienced team.

What’s more, with full access to our online training platform (ELMS), you will be able to increase your knowledge of Health & Safety, data protection, equality and wellbeing, as well as a wide range of other personal and professional development courses.

The Role

As a Trainee Caretaker, you will learn how to monitor, maintain and manage the Authority’s buildings and car park at Sutton Bank.
With the support of the Caretaking team, you will carry out essential maintenance, caretaking and cleaning duties, and ensure our sites and buildings are safe, secure, clean and presentable.

What’s more, by working alongside our experienced team, you will also gain excellent knowledge and skills in Health & Safety, risk assessments, site and buildings checks, and the use of tools and equipment.

Other duties will include:

• Supporting the general upkeep of sites through maintenance and caretaking duties
• Assisting with grounds maintenance (e.g. grass cutting) and practical estates tasks
• Working on projects with volunteers and third-party contractors

Please note, this role will involve lifting and carrying items and carrying out practical estates work for extended periods of time.

About You

To be considered as a Trainee Caretaker, you will need:

• A keen interest in facilities management
• A reasonable level of physical fitness to undertake practical estate work
• To be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions
• A general interest in the work of the National Parks
• To be claiming Universal Credit
• A full valid driving licence

This is a full-time role working 37 hours per week, including occasional weekends and Bank Holidays.

The closing date for this role is midnight on the 5 August 2021.

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