Rhos Pasture Restoration Project Manager

Closing date:
Salary: £25,325
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Offices, Warwick House,
High Street,
Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6AG
We are seeking someone experienced in landowner advisory work and project management to deliver this two-year project alongside a Community Engagement officer. You will work with landowners to improve the management of rhos pasture and implement capital works; with volunteers to record and monitor wildlife; and with communities for arts and heritage activities that raise the profile of rhos pastures and benefit local businesses.

About the Project

Rhos pasture is a priority habitat often formed of a mosaic of vegetation types and is a frequent component of the landscape of Mid Wales. Undervalued for its species richness and ecosystem services potential, it is often degraded. Focussed on the area surrounding Rhayader, where rhos pasture was once the haunt of the marsh fritillary butterfly, and where, in places, it still supports important populations of the small pearl-bordered fritillary and other invertebrates and avifauna, this collaborative project aims to restore biodiversity and raise the cultural value of rhos pastures with both landowners and communities.

With support from staff, landowners, volunteers and contractors, the project plans to:

  • Survey and monitor the restoration of rhos pasture.
  • Improve the biodiversity, soil structure, carbon and water storage of rhos pastures, primarily through controlled grazing using cattle in preference to sheep.
  • Survey and monitor the biodiversity and evaluate the management methods applied
  • Help sustain farm businesses by investigating markets for products and developing tourism facilities.
  • Use arts and heritage activities to engage the public, create a positive identity for rhos pasture and provide educational, health and well-being benefits.
  • Monitor and evaluate outcomes and use this information to inform others.

The project already has a good level of support from landowners and local volunteers. The voluntary organisations ‘Rhayader by Nature’ and Community Arts Rhayader and District (CARAD)’ are well embedded in the local community and have been part of the project development. The elements of community engagement, working with volunteers, raising the profile of rhos pastures and a ‘wildlife experience’ for visitors are as important as increased biodiversity and sustainable land management.

The role of the Project Manager is to deliver the activities and outcomes of the Welsh Government-funded Sustainable Management Scheme project, line-managing and working alongside a part-time Rhos Pasture Restoration Community Officer and the RWT Admin and Publicity Officer as well as various partner organisations and individuals.

You will have a good understanding of upland farming systems and experience of talking to farmers and supporting them to deliver environmental outcomes from land management.

You will be passionate about wildlife and conservation and have a broad knowledge of habitats and species associated with upland farms.

You will enjoy working with volunteers and have experience in organising, inspiring and managing groups.

You will be comfortable engaging and working with consultants, local experts and partner organisations to set up biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring, training, feasibility studies and heritage activities.

You will be very organised and have experience in managing project budgets, achieving targets and reporting back to funder organisations.

For more information on essential skills and experience, please download the job description below:

Closing Date: 9am Friday 4th December 2020

Interviews: Friday 11th Decemeber (by Zoom initially)