***Please note that this vacancy has now been filled***
Are you interested in a career working at the UK’s leading charity promoting and campaigning for wildlife-friendly farming in a living, working countryside?
- Do you have good knowledge of and proven interest in wildlife and farming?
- Are you innovative and passionate about driving projects forward
- Do have senior management experience?
Then you could be part of the next chapter for the Countryside Restoration Trust.
As part of our continued developement, we are currently advertising for a dynamic director who can help us build upon the achievements of the past two decades; take forward our Vision; develop the business model for sustaining the organisation, and provide leadership to our staff and tenant farmers.
The director will lead the development of the Trust, managing operations and projects ensuring that they meet the aims of the Trust as set out by the Trustees.
For a full job specification for this role, please click here.
To apply, please send us your CV and a covering letter which outlines how you meet the requirements of the position.
Closing Date: 3rd June 2016
Interviews to be carried out during the week commencing 13th June 2016.
Background to the CRT
The Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) is the UK’s leading charity promoting and campaigning for wildlife-friendly farming in a living, working countryside.
We believe that a rich diversity of wildlife is integral to all good farming.
We have put that philosophy into practice on nearly 2,000 acres of working farms, small-holdings and woodland across the country – where, alongside our tenants, we are working to demonstrate how farming and other sustainable land-uses can co-exist with and benefit from a countryside rich in wildlife.
The CRT was launched in 1993, following a cry from the heart published in the Daily Telegraph by our founder and chairman, Robin Page. Lamenting the continuing collapse of wildlife across the countryside, Robin laid down the challenge that it should be perfectly possible to run a commercially viable farm in harmony with wildlife. That struck a chord with the public, who sent in sufficient donations to fund the purchase of our first 20 acres of farmland – land which had been worked intensively for wheat and little else for years. Over the past two decades, that first small patch has grown to 450 acres – producing a profitable mosaic of crops and supporting an abundance of wildlife. In contrast to the depressing national statistics of an overall 60% decline in farmland birds, populations of skylark, whitethroat and yellow-hammer have doubled – with even the hardest-hit species, like grey partridge, present in good numbers.
Where once the CRT was a lone maverick campaigning for the mainstream conservation groups to stand up for wildlife on all farmland not just on ‘special sites’ and nature reserves – now every group talks about the ‘wider countryside’. The CRT can claim some credit for that shift in approach. But much remains to be done: with wildlife in free-fall over the majority of farmland. The CRT has recently won various awards celebrating biodiversity on our properties.
Our farms, their land and buildings represent a rich asset with great potential for:
- Demonstrating commercially viable, wildlife-friendly farming principles and practices that should be recognised by policy makers, and could be taken up more widely by other farmers and land managers
- Providing opportunities and livelihoods for new entrants to farming and associated rural businesses
- Acting as hubs for involving more people in our work, through education and volunteering opportunities
- Creating a CRT ‘brand’ offering a range of distinctive goods and services.