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Dartmoor Headwaters Officer (Historic Environment)
Grade 5: £27,741 - £32,234 per annum pro rata
Part time 18.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE)
3 year fixed-term contract
The climate and nature crises require comprehensive, bold solutions and urgent action in order to reverse the accelerating decline that nature and society now faces. In response, Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) has recently launched an ambitious new nature enhancement strategy based around the restoration of natural processes at a catchment scale.
Core to this is the health of Dartmoor’s rivers, peatlands and wetlands, which we are aiming to enhance for multiple environmental and societal benefits through the Dartmoor Headwaters Programme. This represents the next phase of an ambitious initiative funded by the Environment Agency (EA) to reduce flooding and increase biodiversity by working with and emulating natural processes in priority headwaters.
About the post
DNPA and the EA are looking for someone to work as part of a growing team, to build on previous project successes and deliver extensive range of natural flood management measures over the next five years as part of the Dartmoor Headwaters team.
The post holder will ensure historical features are identified, recorded and conserved as part of a team restoring natural processes in line with Dartmoor’s Nature Enhancement pledge. They will carry out surveys, conduct fieldwork and provide specialist advice, identifying and enhancing the significant historic environment where possible and mitigating against any unintentional detrimental impacts that could arise from improvements to the natural environment.
The post holder will work closely with specialists, landowners and commoners to develop detailed restoration plans tailored to each site. The Officer will work with the team to produce specifications and tender documents, and recruit and manage contractors in line with agreed plans. They will promote and advocate the project to a range of audiences and communicate the benefits and effects of the restoration programme.
You will be an experienced archaeologist, ideally with knowledge and practical experience of working with other specialists on environmental restoration projects and have a general understanding of ecological principles. You will have experience of surveying, producing restoration plans, drafting specifications and tenders, and will have worked extensively with contractors.
The successful applicant will be extremely organised, have proven project management experience and excellent communications skills. You will be comfortable promoting the historic environment to a wide range of audiences and building positive relationships with stakeholders. A love of the outdoors is essential as periods of the year will be spent on the high moors in sometimes challenging conditions.
When applying for this post please highlight your suitability by referring to the essential and desirable requirements set out in the Person Specification. This information will be used in deciding those to be shortlisted
The post is based at the Authority’s head office at Parke, Bovey Tracey, and Princetown, but will involve travel to other sites within the National Park. The Authority operates flexible working hours and is a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Chris Giles (Head of Conservation and Land Management) on firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 12th December 2021 (5pm)
Interview Date: 14th and 16th December 2021
To apply please visit our website at: https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/job-pages/dartmoor-headwaters-officer-historic-environment
Dartmoor National Park Authority is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.