Project Manager (Wetland Habitats)

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WWT Steart Marshes, with visits throughout the project area
Competitive salary
13 Jan 2021
31 Jan 2021
Job Function
Project Manager
Full Time

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has been successful under the Green Recovery Challenge Fund
in receiving £1.6M to further its ambition under its strategic Waterscapes Programme. The GRCF
is aimed to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration,
nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the
Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP), whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in
the sector.

The funded project ‘Enhancing Climate Resilience on the Somerset
Coast’ is a partnership project predominantly based along the Somerset coastline
from the Mendip Hills south to Bridgwater including land either-side of the Parrett Estuary and
a number of Parishes within freshwater catchments west of the Quantock Hills.

This exciting project aims to deliver interventions across a landscape-scale to create and
restore wetland habitat for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and enhance its resilience to
climate change. It will also embed the knowledge and skills within local communities to
continue this work in future.

The Project will contribute to:
Wetland nature conservation and restoration, by creating or restoring over 100ha of
habitat, including priority habitats such as coastal saltmarsh, freshwater ponds and wet

Delivering nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, through natural
flood management and improved land management, helping to enhance flood resilience, improve
soil and water quality, and further our knowledge on blue carbon sequestration.

Connecting people with nature, by engaging local stakeholders (eg. landowners, students) in
wetland conservation through community events, volunteering and citizen science. It aims to
find new ways to support our mental and physical wellness by seeking ways to engage people with

The project will create jobs and posts and retain positions within WWT and its partners. We
will enhance local knowledge and skills, offering specific upskilling and work experience
opportunities for young people.

Role outline

Your role will be responsible for the delivery and successful completion of extensive wetland
habitat enhancement work at Steart Marshes and at sites in Bridgwater as advised by WWT’s
Bridgwater Blue Heritage Project Team. You will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of
all capital works at these sites and by working positively with project managers and
stakeholders to ensure that the work not only complies with the conditions of the funding but
also all regulations around delivering the work including gaining formal statutory consents.
You will be responsible for drawing up the designs and agreeing the work with contractors in
line with the funds allowed in the budget. In line with WWT procurement policy you will issue
and manage contracts and ensure Health & Safety and CDM compliance.

You will need to ensure that you liaise closely with Project Managers with an interest in the
habitat enhancements and regularly report progress through the Senior Project Manager to WWTs
Project Management Governance Structure. You will be responsible to the WWTs GRCF Senior
Project Manager and will work with the expertise of WWT Unit Heads and WWT Steart Marshes Site
Manager to deliver site and organisational strategic objectives. You will be responsible for
budget management and for ensuring all grant claims are supported with the necessary paperwork.

It is anticipated that you will have a respect and working knowledge of the natural environment
and be experienced in creating UK wetland habitats and species, particularly within a lowland
and coastal context. You will be an experienced conservationist and project manager, adept at
building links between statutory stakeholders, local communities and volunteers. The successful
candidate will be at the heart of one of the most high profile conservation initiatives in the
South West, and will need to be inspiring, collaborative, diplomatic and forward thinking.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for
wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving
wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million
visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland
areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and
international conservation policies.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)

Life assurance

Free parking

Cycle to work scheme

Free entry to all our centres

Closing date: 31st January 2021Interview date: 11th February 2021
WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

Registered Charity Number England & Wales, no 1030884 and Scotland, no SC039410

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