Nature Reserve Manager (Walthamstow Wetlands)

London Wildlife Trust
London, United Kingdom
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NGO/Civil Society
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London Wildlife Trust are partners with Thames Water and Waltham Forest Council acting as conservation delivery partner for the Walthamstow Wetlands. In order to oversee the delivery of year three of the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) activity plan, we are currently recruiting for a Nature Reserve Manager for Walthamstow Wetlands, a career opportunity not to be missed!

Walthamstow Wetlands is a 211-hectare site comprising ten reservoirs that provide drinking water for London and which are internationally recognised for their importance for migrating birds – particularly overwintering wildfowl.  The Victorian-era Engine House hosts a fully-accessible visitor centre with café, shop, interactive displays, viewing platform, toilets, and art installations. In addition a unique 'swift tower' has been built, in the shape of the original chimney, to house nesting swifts and roosting bats.  Walthamstow Wetlands contains a range of habitats and experiences, from sheltered dense scrub-lined banks to wide windswept views towards the city. It remains the largest fishery in London.

Are you passionate about urban nature conservation and do you want to get involved in a truly visionary project? Some of the key duties for this post include acting as public facing advocate and representing London Wildlife Trust as a key conservation delivery partner for Walthamstow Wetlands. You’ll be responsible for the management of Walthamstow Wetlands as a nature reserve in relation to the scope of the NLHF Activity Plan and Management and Maintenance Plan. This includes an outdoor learning programme for schools and community groups, practical conservation volunteering, visitor engagement volunteering, landscape conservation management and delivery of wildlife themed public events.

The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Activity Plan project management, nature reserve management, NLHF reporting and monitoring
  • Line management of project staff who will oversee sessional workers and volunteers
  • Monitoring and evaluating the project, ensuring effective communication and collaboration with on-site Thames Water staff and the wider Walthamstow Wetlands commercial team (part of Waltham Forest Council’s Culture and Heritage directorate) to identify strategies, programmes and initiatives for further project development.

The successful candidate will need to be:

  • A confident leader with strong project management and financial management skills
  • Passionate about practical urban conservation and the aims of the project
  • Experienced in partnership working coupled with managing a site or a destination reserve or a visitor centre
  • Excellent at communication and organisational skills, with strong diplomacy and tact
  • Able to recruit, train and performance manage staff, oversee volunteer groups, partners and stakeholders alike.
  • Well versed with Health and Safety principles, and have a robust understanding of working safely, especially given the size and habitat of this nature reserve.

London Wildlife Trust manages 37 nature reserve sites across the capital that are exemplars of urban conservation land management which engage the local communities that use these sites. The Trust delivers projects focusing on protecting priority habitats and species in London and works to influence policy makers to support this work. We engage London’s diverse communities through access to our nature reserves, volunteering programmes and education and outreach work. To understand more about our plans ahead, read our strategic plan: For a Wilder City 2015 – 2020 here.

To apply, please send a completed Candidate Details Form and Application Form to 

Closing date: Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 9am

Interview date: Monday 28th October 2019

An enhanced DBS Check is required for this role.

London Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer.