Hill Holt Wood Office _ Cafe

Network With Nature
Project Lead

September 2021

Salary : £21,891 per annum

Contract : Fixed Term until the end of March 2023

Hours : 40 hours per week - Monday to Friday - 8.30am - 4.30pm

Holidays : 24 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays


Hill Holt Wood is a nationally recognised and award-winning Environmental Social Enterprise. It currently employs 42 full and part time rangers and is engaged in a wide range of activities including the education of young people, extensive forestry operations, contracts with the local council, eco-construction, both design and build (Design: HHW), and events and hire, including the Hive Café. It has enjoyed considerable success over the last 18 years and continues to build on its strong position focusing on sustainability, environmentalism, conservation and social awareness.

The Project

Hill Holt Wood’s Network with Nature project has been awarded a grant from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery.


Hill Holt Wood’s vision through ‘Network with Nature’ is to continue the conservation work already completed and continue to maintain 2 local wildlife habitats;

  • 10-acre wet grassland site – South Witham Marsh in North Hykeham.

  • 200-acre mixed woodland – Hospital Plantation (Lincoln’s Largest Woodland). This area contains remnants of lowland acid-heath, a particularly rare habitat and is owned by Lincoln City Council.

Both lie within urban settings and Hill Holt Wood will be setting up local volunteer groups for older, socially isolated people, groups with poor mental health and encourage school and university groups to get involved in the project and help maintain these sites. There will be practical physical management of the sites, ongoing ecological surveying work, tree planting, clearance, boardwalk and bird screen construction, pathway construction and lowland heath restoration. Embedded in this process mental health and well-being will be improved.  Biodiversity will be increased, people will be educated and engaged, and jobs will be created.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Planning, co-ordination and delivery of the Network with Nature Project to ensure the key deliverables set by the project plan are carried out, monitored and evaluated throughout. This includes, but not limited to;

  • Setting up groups (volunteer, health focused and education) and recruiting people onto the project.

  • Overseeing the improvement and management of the 2 wildlife sites in line with the project plan, ensure deadlines and key milestones are achieved.

  • Teaching and educating a wide range of people, through practical management sessions, about conservation and the natural world.

  • Oversee and lead delivery of practical sessions alongside the ranger and apprentices Tuesday - Friday.

  • Organise and deliver construction work necessary, including construction of bat/bird boxes, installation of pathways/boardwalk and installation of bird screens etc along others rangers.

  • Organise and deliver environmental management, including but not limited to; tree planting, clearance, removal of invasive species, heathland restoration and meadow management.

  • Run open days and public engagement events to get people involved in the natural world.

  • Collect feedback from participants and collate this into the evaluation.

  • Collect and record ongoing survey work, including observation and analysis, on both sites – collating research into reports as appropriate and required.

  • Ongoing monitoring and reporting on the impact of the project.

Essential Skills

  • Relevant Qualifications/industry experience in land management.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Ability to demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to relate to a diverse range of people.

  • Be able to manage a continual workload to achieve timely targets.

  • Ability to lead a team and work effectively as a member of a team.

Full driving licence essential.
This post requires an enhanced DBS check.
Hill Holt Wood is an equal opportunity employer.

Here at Hill Holt Wood, we want our workforce to reflect the make-up of the community we live in. Therefore, we welcome all applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religion, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability.

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