Part-Time Conservation Assistant

Posted on 22nd April 2013

Part-Time Conservation Assistant
2days (15hrs) per week (with the possibility of moving to full-time hours)
A fixed term post until December 2016
This post may also involve working weekends
Salary: £7,800 per annum

We are looking to recruit an assistant for our reserves management team to work with volunteers on habitat management and nature reserve maintenance activities across the Tees Valley. This post is connected to our project ‘From Blue to Green – Nature-based interventions for mental health’ and will therefore mainly involve supervising and coordinating teams of volunteers who may have enduring mental health and/or learning difficulties. This post offers excellent potential for the staff member to develop professionally as well as providing a highly rewarding working environment.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, and please note that we would value practical skills and experience over academic qualifications in selection because of the nature of the role. A current full, clean driving license is essential.

Welcome call for action to protect marine wildlife

Posted on 11th April 2013

A report which today encourages setting a clear timetable for protection of the marine environment is warmly welcomed by The Wildlife Trusts.

The Commons Science and Technology Select Committee today publishes the results of its inquiry into marine science. This influential group of MPs warns that the Government’s failure to push forward with the designation of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) is creating uncertainty for sea users and risks putting important habitats at risk.

Joan Edwards, Head of Living Seas, confirmed the Committee’s report reflects the concerns of The Wildlife Trusts. She said: “We have voiced our concerns for some time that Government’s commitment to protecting the marine environment is failing. The need for Marine Conservation Zones is well known, yet the Government is still refusing to act with the urgency required.

The Committee’s Chair, Andrew Miller MP, said the Government must end the uncertainty and set out a clear timetable for the designation of the MCZ network.

The MP’s report said the Government had ‘moved the goalposts’ during the MCZ process and that it was unclear how they had chosen the 31 sites put forward for designation this year. The Committee also questioned why some sites identified as being ‘at risk’ were not being taken forward for protection.

Andrew Miller MP, said, “Properly managed Marine Conservation Zones will protect marine life in the UK’s coastal waters and ensure the fishing industry has a sustainable long- term future. The Government is currently letting the project flounder while sensitive environments are further degraded and the industry is subjected to further uncertainty.

Step-change needed for society’s well-being

Posted on 9th April 2013

Step-change needed for society’s well-being

A new report which states in strong terms how dependent the economy and society are on a healthy natural environment is warmly welcomed by The Wildlife Trusts.

The State of Natural Capital – published today – is a report from the independent advisory body, the Natural Capital Committee. The Committee sets out its strategic approach for the better valuation, management and measurement of resources provided by the natural environment. For example, better management of our woods for fuel, the creation of wetlands to reduce flooding, the restoration of rivers to improve water quality, or creating new wildlife-rich places where people live.

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:

“We are delighted that the NCC has stated in strong terms that ‘our society, economy and individual well-being depends upon a healthy natural environment’ and that there is ‘no inherent incompatibility between preserving and enhancing natural capital and economic growth.’

“However, our natural assets have been damaged. They are in decline because their true value has not been adequately factored into the way decisions are made. By not taking account of the true value of nature it has been all too easy to assume the value is zero. This report clearly states this is wrong and needs to change, and presents clear recommendations how this could be done.

“We support the Government’s ambition to initiate a step-change in the restoration of the natural environment and ecosystems. The Wildlife Trusts are taking a lead on this through our mission to create Living Landscapes and secure Living Seas.
“Through supporting nature’s recovery we could also support economic recovery, improvements in health and well-being that can be sustained. Only by doing this will future generations be able to enjoy the opportunities that we do now.”

Contact information: