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Wilding Evidence Ecologist

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Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Salary Additional Information Up to £30,716 pro-rata. This post is advertised initially as a part time post (0.6 FTE/3 days a week, £18,430 pa).
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Part Time / Per Day
Level Mid Level
Deadline 16/03/2020
Company Name Kent Wildlife Trust
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As Kent Wildlife Trust strive to deliver a Wilder Kent https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/wilder-kent the need for robust ecological data is essential in evidencing our conservation decisions and to influence the decisions of others which have the potential to affect the natural environment. At a time when conservation thinking is changing, Kent Wildlife Trust is establishing new ideas and concepts around less prescriptive and intensive management of ecosystems and component habitats, leading to more ecological systems based approaches, focussed on the restoration of natural processes to tackle a range of natural, societal and economic challenges. These approaches are most visible in the re-wilding movement, advocating more extensive management of broad mosaics of habitats at a landscape scale, underpinned by the reintroduction of keystone, analogue and flagship species such as beaver, bison, chough and pine marten.

The Wilding Evidence Ecologist will work alongside the existing Wilding Ecologists to deliver programmes of monitoring to evidence ecological outcomes, proof of concept and feasibility across the Trusts wilding ambition. In the first instance the focus of this role will be on our Wilder Blean project; we plan to introduce large grazing herbivores (bison, long-horn cattle, and iron-age pigs) into an extensive woodland system. The initial focus of this role will be to lead the delivery of the Wilder Blean monitoring programme to assess the impact of our wilding approach on habitat structure and vegetation dynamics, biodiversity and bioabundance, natural processes, ecosystem services and natural capital. 


We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced mid to senior level ecologist to join our Conservation Evidence Team. The successful candidate will possess the skills to lead and develop a varied range of monitoring projects across a range of taxa, habitats and systems. You will be at the cutting edge of nature conservation work in the South East in the field of landscape-scale conservation and the post presents a real opportunity to develop your experience and knowledge, and to build a professional reputation. In doing so, you will have the support of Kent Wildlife Trust’s commitment to the professional development of its staff.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals.  We are all working to protect wildlife and to find better ways to run an efficient and effective organisation.

Contact details:

If you wish to discuss this post, please telephone Paul Tinsley-Marshall on 01622 357809.

To apply, please visit our website at www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk to download an application pack. Applicants should read the Guidance Notes carefully before completing the Applicant Information Form supported by cover note and CV.

Kent Wildlife Trust has a positive approach to equality and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

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