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Land Management Adviser

Employer
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Location
Balloch (Alexandria) with hybrid working model in place
Salary
£35,122 - £42,092 (Band D) per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Job Details

We as a National Park Authority play a crucial role in tackling the twin challenges of the global Climate Emergency and Nature Crisis.

 

The Role:

We are looking for an excellent Land Management Adviser to join our high-performing Nature and Land Use Team.  We lead the National Park Authority’s delivery of the National Park Partnership Plan outcomes for regenerative land use, deer management, designated sites, woodlands, water bodies, landscape quality, flood management, invasive species, peatlands, and other outcomes that we need to deliver on to address the Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Crisis.

With a strong track record of working in successful collaboration with land managers, a background in farming, land management and / or conservation and ideally with professional recognition e.g. RICS, MCIEEM, ICF or comparable membership, you will be well placed to play a vital part in ensuring that the National Park Authority continues its engagement with private, public and third sector land owners and managers in the National Park.

 

Responsibilities:

•          Develop and deliver specific projects, which aim to maximise public benefit and improve both public and private land for nature, climate and people. This will include collaborations with multiple partners at landscape-scale as well as working with individual businesses (e.g. delivery of regenerative farming projects, agri-environment and other funding applications, herbivore management plans, woodland creation, water quality improvement, etc).

•          Develop project specification, engage partners including land managers, identify and/or secure funding, manage associated budgets, procure and manage external contracts, monitor project delivery and measure outcomes.

•          Develop and contribute to the preparation of policies and strategies which support positive and integrated approaches to land management in the Park such as strategic land use planning and the National Park Partnership Plan.

•          Prepare responses on behalf of the NPA to local, regional and national consultations on policies related to land use such as rural development, agriculture, agri- environment, deer management, land reform etc.

•          Provide expert advice and information to land managers, other agencies and organisations and within the NPA on matters relating to various forms of land management activity in the Park, and support related monitoring systems and research.

•          Develop and support initiatives which promote wider understanding of the opportunities and benefits associated with positive land management in the Park.

•          Develop and maintain the necessary partnerships and engagement with land managers; other agencies and organisations; interest groups; and the wider community to secure support for the development and delivery of defined priorities and outcomes.

•          Undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade as required.

 

Who we are looking for:

Your skills, abilities and experience should include:

•          Experience of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with land managers.

•          Experience of developing management plans and/or prescriptions at the level of individual sites, whole farms or estates and/or local regions (e.g. landscapes, catchments, etc).

•          Comprehensive understanding of land managers’ practical, economic and regulatory imperatives.

•          Comprehensive knowledge of land use systems, specifically including livestock farming, forestry, and conservation.

•          Articulate with excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.

•          Computer literate.

•          A degree, or equivalent in a land management/ environmental management/ agriculture/ forestry/ nature conservation discipline

 

Ideally, but not essential, you’ll also have:

•          Experience of developing applications to the Scottish Rural Development Programme and other relevant funding sources.

•          Experience in procuring and managing external services and contracts.

•          Corporate Membership of a relevant professional body, e.g. RICS, CIEEM, ICF.

 

How to apply:

If you are interested in this role, complete your application by 9am on 27 May 2024.

•          Interviews will be virtual.

•          Interview dates are set for: 4 or 6 June 2024.

 

Who we are and our values:

We offer flexible and remote working, with a generous pension scheme and annual leave allowance. Staff have access to wellbeing services and there is a strong focus on wellbeing throughout the organisation.

Being part of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority means being passionate about what you do, working hard to inspire and lead the way for others. We care about each other and are accessible and friendly treating each other with respect and understanding, we think about our planet with each decision we make. Together, we are the difference.

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority are proud to celebrate difference. Diversity of experience is vital in our success we want our business to be representative to the communities we work alongside. As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applicants from a wide range of individuals, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, gender identity and expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

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