The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland. We own and care for over 1,000 woodland sites across the United Kingdom and support the creation and management of woodland on land outside the Trust’s own estate.
As our Operations Support Manager, you will be the ‘go-to’ person and topic lead in the organisation on all aspects of contract management relating to our estate and outreach activity, as well as harvesting, marketing and infrastructure woodland projects. You’ll be responsible for liaising with external partners and leading on public and member relations in these respective areas.
Working across both the conservation and engagement remits, you’ll lead on infrastructure projects including forest and public access orientated engineering operations at different scales, and promote and develop management options which allow for synergies between our key objectives to be delivered.
You will be leading on operational policy and guidance, development and reviews, setting up reporting systems and keeping abreast of the latest research and market conditions. You will also advise, train and support our staff on these topics.
You’ll be qualified in an environmental or conservation related field with experience of managing woodland; with demonstrable specialisms in contract management, harvesting, marketing, forest engineering and public access infrastructure projects. You’ll need to be able to demonstrate both empathy and knowledge of working within the context of sensitive habitats such as ASNW and PAW’s, native woodland management and public access and engagement.
With strong leadership skills, you’ll be an outstanding developer of relationships, able to network and build influence with outside organisations such as the Forestry Commission and key external partners whilst representing the Trust in a professional, competent and positive manner.
You must also be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others understanding different perspectives and adapting your approach as situations change and inspiring others to work towards a positive solution.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. In return we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.