We are looking for a dynamic, experienced, and capable Project Officer to drive forward our ambitious Wilder 2030 strategy on the Isle of Wight. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference, leading to transformative change in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has a strong track record of working to bring back missing species including water vole, otter, and marsh fritillary.

This time, we don’t just want to reintroduce a missing species, we would like to reintroduce an entire ecosystem that has been lost, by returning the beaver to the Isle of Wight.

Our Wilder strategy sets an ambitious target to influence at least 30% of land and sea to be managed in a way that supports nature’s recovery. We hope to support transformative change in the face of climate and ecological emergency.

Beavers should be an integral part of a green recovery. They create thriving ecosystems helping us to put nature firmly on the road to recovery and tackle climate change. It is the Trust’s aspiration that any forthcoming release strategy would lead to a long-term free-living population of beaver on the Isle of Wight.

We are seeking a Project Officer to head up our Beaver Recovery Project.

The Beaver Recovery Project would aim to achieve multiple outcomes; floodplain habitat enhancement and climate resilience, water quality improvement and natural flood management, alongside accessible public engagement with the species including education opportunities and ecotourism ventures.

The first stage of this project, central to the Project Officer’s role, will be an extensive public engagement programme, seeking to grow a comprehensive partnership, leading to a license application to Natural England and preparation of a management framework in readiness for the first release of beavers into the Isle of Wight (subject to licensing).

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of success in conservation delivery projects, estate management and public engagement, with the skills and experience to deliver real impact. They will also be an excellent communicator and skilled relationship builder. They will have a good understanding of wetland management.

As an inclusive employer we recognise that our workforce needs to better reflect the communities in which we live and work. We encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a Movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

Interviews: Week commencing 07 and/or 14 June 2021

To apply please click below to download an application form and for further details. Please note that we do not accept C.Vs.