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Senior Project Manager - Curlew LIFE

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Posted on Oct 26, 2021 by CHM Recruit

Wales, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
£32.4k - £35.9k Annual

Senior Project Manager - Curlew LIFE
Flexible in UK
£32,400.00 - £35,944.00 Per Annum
Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance
Contract Duration:
Until the end of March 2025

This is your opportunity to be part of a major species recovery project to deliver emergency action for curlew in some of the most important areas for the species across the UK.

About the role

Funded through the EU's LIFE programme with generous support from the four-country Statutory Agencies, this multidisciplinary project will work with landowners, farmers, local communities and operational teams to deliver concrete action to halt the decline of curlew within project areas. It will define and catalyse the future action needed to maintain viable populations of curlew within these landscapes and to halt the decline of this species at the national level.

Effort will be greatest in Wales and Northern Ireland, where curlew is in a perilous position and emergency action is needed to prevent national extinction. The project will also work at key sites in Scotland and England, aiming to create 'centers of curlew conservation excellence' in those countries to inform wider work in the future.

The five project areas include the Antrim Plateau, Northern Ireland; Erne Lowland, Northern Ireland; Conwy, North Wales; Geltsdale/Hadrian's Wall Corridor, Northern England; and Insh Marshes, Cairngorms, North Scotland.

The project objectives are:

  • Enhance conditions for breeding curlew using best-practice conservation methods in the selected landscapes, halting curlew declines within these landscapes.
  • Evaluate responses to this work through monitoring of habitat condition, predator abundance, curlew abundance and breeding success.
  • Develop post-project plans to maintain viable populations in the selected landscapes and halt the decline of curlew elsewhere across the UK.
  • Increase understanding of the importance and plight of curlew breeding in the UK, and of ways to help them, among local communities and visitors in the priority landscapes and more widely.
  • Create and strengthen networks to share best practice approaches to curlew conservation across the UK and EU and encourage and enable government bodies in the four countries of the UK to take large-scale, long-term conservation action for this species.

This role is a fixed-term contract until the end of March 2025.

What they need from you:

You will be an experienced project manager with proven skills in financial management. You will have excellent people management skills enabling you to motivate, guide and support project teams and inspiring a wide range of stakeholders to take action.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Demonstrable experience of the management and successful delivery of complex projects.
  • Experience of cost and budget management with an understanding of financial systems.
  • Proven time management and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and balance a diverse workload often to tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of agri-environment schemes and their economics.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational) - including an ability to produce clear written communications.
  • Experience of working with internal and external stakeholders, and in partnerships, to achieve shared outcomes.
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methods of social science research to collect unbiased data from individuals or small groups.
  • Ability to use a methodical and robust approach to collect, manage and analyse information and summarise learning.
  • Ability to support and develop staff using a variety of management techniques.
  • Demonstrable leadership ability, including an ability to lead without line management authority.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to find creative solutions to changing circumstances.
  • Competent user of core MS Office programmes.
  • Working knowledge of standard project management approaches.
  • Valid Drivers licence.

Closing date: 23:59, 22 November 2021
The charity are actively recruiting for this role and reserve the right to close this advert at any time.


To find out more information, please click the apply button. You will be taken to a simple CHM Recruit form and then redirected to complete your application for this position.

The charity is an equal opportunities employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

No agencies please.

Reference: 1378221534

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