REF1115 - Natural England, Senior Reserve Manager for Wyre Forest, Herefordshire & Wye Valley National Nature Reserves

Natural England

Closing date: 5 May 2017

Reference number



£28,031(for 43hrs pw)


Higher Executive Officer
Lead Adviser

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time, Job share


43 hours per week

Number of posts



Wyre Forest NNR, Bewdley

About the job

Job description

The team

The Wyre Forest, Herefordshire and Wye Valley NNR team comprises 4 permanent members of staff and manages 6 national nature reserves across three counties. The main reserve base is in Wyre Forest where Natural England have recently signed an exciting agreement with Forest Enterprise, under which the two organisations are jointly managing the NE and FE estates and the Forest Enterprise land will be declared as NNR.

Job description

This is an exciting and challenging role, heading up NNR team and leading on biodiversity management on the Forest Enterprise estate at Wyre. The key responsibilities of the post are:

•Overall responsibility for delivering Natural England’s C21 Conservation Strategy on the Wyre Forest group of National Nature Reserves (Wyre Forest, Moccas Park, The Flits, Highbury Wood, Lady Park Wood and The Hudnalls)

•Line management of 3 NNR staff

•Management of health and safety of staff, volunteers, contractors and NNR visitors

•Overseeing delivery of programme of practical habitat and estate management on the Wyre Forest/Herefordshire/Wye Valley group of NNRs

•Taking a lead role in the implementation of the Wyre Forest Memorandum of Understanding with Forest Enterprise, under which NE leads on delivery of biodiversity management across the NE/FE estate.

•Participation in the Wyre Forest Landscape Partnership, including representing NE on the Project Board.

•Overseeing the landscape restoration project at Moccas Hill Wood, Moccas Park.

•Developing landscape-scale partnership working in the Wye Valley


Full driving license


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Work Delivery - Practitioner

    • Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines

    • Consider the financial implications of your work and seek income from our products and services

    • Review budget performance and maintain accurate forecasts so that your financial submissions and commentaries are complete

  • Communicating Effectively - Practitioner

    • Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience

    • Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions

  • Managing People

    • Use a coaching style and continual feedback to empower team members to take ownership of the delivery of their work

    • Use performance management with all team members to help them deliver their work, quickly recognise good performance and deal with poor performance

  • Working Safely

    • Understand the duty of care owed to all visitors, contractors or others on our NNRs, and adhere to appropriate legislation and Natural England policies and procedures

    • Apply risk assessment and safe working practices to everything you do

    • Make sure all team members (and contractors) are provided with the information, training and supervision in all aspects of Health and Safety relevant to their work so they understand and can carry out their personal responsibilities

  • Personal Effectiveness

    • Have a high degree of self-awareness and use it to continually develop as a leader

    • Show innovation and creativity in finding solutions and encourage team members to do so in their day to day work within a framework of clear standards

  • Providing Leadership

    • Train, coach and mentor others to increase their capability to deliver the Conservation Strategy and increase the organisation’s technical skill and capability

    • Share expertise with people in your networks (both internal and external) to help develop their capability and to improve outcomes

    • Experience (and certification where appropriate) and the operation of chainsaws, tractors, ATVs, 4x4 vehicles and herbicide applicators

  • Securing Environmental Improvement

    • Recognise, identify and interpret environmental features on NNRs

    • Understand the application of delivery at a landscape scale; understand how biodiversity outcomes interact with landscape, geodiversity and access outcomes, and understand the use of the ecosystem approach to deliver these integrated environmental outcomes for the benefit of people and wildlife

    • Understand and advise on appropriate management techniques to maintain or enhance the condition of an NNR, SSSI or N2K site (remedies, condition threats)

    • Apply Integrated Site Assessment methodology to judge the condition of the designated feature on SSSI or N2K site

  • Technical/Specialist Knowledge

    • Good knowledge of the principles of woodland, parkland and wood pasture habitat management

    • Experience (and certification where appropriate) and the operation of chainsaws, tractors, ATVs, 4x4 vehicles and herbicide applicators



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


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Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Tim Coleshaw

Mob: 07970 838407

Closing date 5th May 2017 23:55 GMT

Sift/interview dates and location

Interview dates - Week commencing 22nd May 2017

Further information

To apply please click on the link below

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