Woodland Outreach Adviser - Northern Ireland
The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland. We own and care for over 1,000 woodland sites across the United Kingdom and support the creation and management of woodland on land outside the Trust’s own estate.
Northern Ireland ranks as one of the least-wooded regions in Europe, with just 8% woodland cover compared with the European average of 37%. In addition, almost 60% of our woodland is in the form of recent conifer plantations. We’re recruiting for an Outreach Adviser to deliver woodland conservation outcomes through creation, management and restoration of native wooded habitats and tree establishment on land outside the Trust’s own estate, contributing to the Trust’s objective of landscape scale ecological change. This will be achieved through providing appropriate advice to landowners and managers, managing contractors and consultants, and development and delivery of landscape scale projects and partnerships with other organisations.
This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to help deliver outcomes at landscape scale, so you’ll need experience working on large projects ideally where this engages with individual farmers and landowners, organisations, businesses and local authorities. In addition you’ll need the ability to deliver through others including partnerships, contractors, and professional consultants.
Results driven, you’ll need a good knowledge of the relevant landscape and experience in woodland creation, both on the ground and advising others, alongside a good working knowledge of land management practices, and an ability to understand and engage with landowners and land managers from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. An understanding of natural capital or payment for ecosystem services approaches, green finance, woodland carbon and other ways to unlock funding and land for woodland creation would be beneficial.
This role is based across a wide geographical area and the successful candidate will need to be located within this area and be willing to travel.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. In return we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.