The First Wildlife Trust
Protecting Wildlife
Inspiring People

Director of Nature Recovery

Salary Circa £60,000 per annum
Location Norwich (Bewick House) - hybrid working
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This is a {Advertised Permanent / Temporary}, {Advertised Full Time / Part Time} vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Travel within and outside Norfolk may be necessary 

Permanent / Full Time 

Closing date: Midday on the 4 July 2022 

First interviews: 11 July 2022 

Second interviews: 18 July 2022 


We are seeking an outstanding and dynamic Director of Nature Recovery. As well as providing organisational leadership as part of the Senior Management Team, you will lead all of our conservation efforts outside of our managed estate. You will oversee our work with and through partners to deliver nature’s recovery at scale in Norfolk. Currently this role oversees landowner advisory, county wildlife sites, planning, marine, advocacy and nature based solutions. You will also be the principal scientific officer of the Trust and the lead on technical ecological issues, conservation evidence, climate change and sustainability. As such you will be at the forefront of supporting the Trust deliver our exciting new strategy.  

We are living through a climate and nature crisis. In our response to this, we are in a unique position to use our outstanding conservation work and 95 years of expertise to scale up our impact and achieve ever more for nature in Norfolk. 

You will bring a passion for our cause and demonstrable expertise in high impact conservation activity, delivered principally through powerful collaborations. You will bring a strategic approach in order to develop and plan new approaches with innovation and creativity and the grit to see them through.  

Excellent leadership, relationship building, collaboration and delivery skills are essential to enable you to inspire, support and empower the organisation to create greater conservation impact. 

Applications should be made online by clicking apply at the top of the advert and should include a CV and a supporting statement, detailing how you meet the person specification. 


Norfolk Wildlife Trust has an unrivaled reputation as the first, oldest, and among the largest of the 46 Wildlife Trusts. Since 1926 we have saved and stood up for wildlife and wild places. We have inspired people about the importance of nature in its own right and for the benefits, it can bring to the wellbeing of people and communities. And our ambitions continue: to demonstrate best practice on our nature reserves; to work with landowners and other stakeholders to provide healthy ecosystems across a connected landscape; to bring people even closer to nature; to empower staff and volunteers to develop their skills, and to share in The Wildlife Trusts’ national mission to make a positive conservation and environmental impact.

Our vision is a sustainable Living Landscape for wildlife and people, where the future of wildlife is protected and enhanced through sympathetic management and where people are connected with, inspired by, value, and care for Norfolk’s wildlife and wild spaces. We have come a long way in 95 years: 

  • We own and manage more than 60 nature reserves and protected sites covering an area of 2,400 hectares and are working on a landscape scale to rebuild and re-connect fragmented ecological areas.

  • We are supported by more than 35,000 members, about a third of which are outside Norfolk. Of all the Wildlife Trusts, we have the fourth-largest membership.

  • We manage the Norfolk County Wildlife Sites systems, where more than 1,300 sites covering 15,000 hectares.

  • We have more than 100 businesses enrolled in our Investors in Wildlife scheme.

  • Committed volunteers support every aspect of our work, from wildlife surveying to administration.

  • We have five visitor centres and a thriving education centre offering events, workshops, and exhibitions.

  • More than 7,000 students annually take part in educational activities in schools and on nature reserves.

  • We are active participants in the mission of The Wildlife Trusts to secure 30 percent of our land and sea for nature’s recovery by 2030.

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