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Conservation Grazing Manager - Croyde

The National Trust
Axminster, Devon
25,662 pa
Closing date
18 May 2022
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Conservation Grazing Manager - Croyde


Are you committed to do more for nature and climate action? We are looking for a passionate and engaging person with experience or a willingness to gain new skills in conservation grazing. This is an exciting opportunity at one of the Trust’s priority locations for nature recovery, at a pivotal time for the organization as we make significant steps together with our visitors, members, supporters, staff, tenants, partner organizations and neighbouring landowners. 

We have big ambition to restore nature at scale across the estate of 4500 acres, our conservation grazing program is at the heart of this ambition. You’ll be a part of the wider North Devon Portfolio ranger team, delivering at a landscape scale and finding better ways to do things. 

If you are a confident and ambitious team player up for the challenge of leading our conservation grazing ambition, we’d love to hear from you! We are looking for someone to join our team to lead delivery of our grazing ambition to restore a healthier, more beautiful natural environment in North Devon and engage our supporters along the journey. You’ll be joining a great team of people in North Devon who not only have a wealth of expertise and experience in this area of work, but who are also highly motivated, and passionate about working at pace and scale – they see the bigger picture and easily work beyond our boundaries in partnership with others.

People Development is at the core of what we do, we have an extensive property training program and funding for external training courses to suit individual career progression and development.

Internally you will be known as Farm Manager

What it's like to work here

On the West of Exmoor, the team has an ambition to re-purpose degraded nature poor agricultural land into habitats which are rich in nature with improved public access for all. This will mean the creating several hundred hectares of priority habitat and improved management of the SAC woodlands and heaths, using natural process as the driver for improved habitats for wildlife. 

Our aim is for our in-hand herds of Longhorn cattle, Exmoor Ponies, Mangalitca pigs and potentially water buffalo to play significant role in achieving this objective. This post is part of a larger project looking at nature conservation across the whole Exmoor Coast landscape, which includes projects looking at re-wetting, tree planting and visitor infrastructure, as such you will be part of a larger operational and project team all looking at delivering significant benefit for people and nature. 

What you'll be doing

You’ll be joining a friendly but ambitious team; it will be your role to lead and manage the next stages of the conservation grazing across North Devon including delivering the grazing project elements of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund 2. You’ll be working alongside the Ranger team for North Devon managing the in-hand grazing and caring for the organic status of our livestock to the highest welfare standards. Grazing some of our most important wildlife sites is not straightforward so you will need to be a creative problem solver. As you monitor the success of your activities, you’ll take responsibility for project budgets, financial reporting and compliance. 

You’ll work collaboratively, sharing information across the multi-discipline team. Working with stakeholders both internally and externally, you’ll influence where necessary to ensure results are achieved.


Please also read the full role profile, attached to the end of this advert.

Who we're looking for

This will be a highly varied, exciting, and rewarding role within a dynamic and innovative team working in a culture of challenge and support. You’ll be; 

  • Passionate about nature recovery
  • Enthusiastic, driven and self-motivated
  • Creative problem solver
  • Inspiring, great with people and comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Enjoy working with and leading a team and unafraid to give direction and feedback
  • Always ready to share your experiences with visitors and able to bring to new ideas to life
  • Dynamic and progressive looking to work at scale

In addition to those skills set out in the role profile, knowledge of or a willingness to learn the following will help to be successful in this role

  • Conservation grazing systems in an upland and woodland setting 
  • Natural process conservation
  • Record keeping and Microsoft office systems
  • Native breeds of cattle and ponies 
  • Wildlife, habitat and soil monitoring and recording techniques 
  • Creating or contributing to content for social media and internal communications 
  • Working within a protected landscape such as a national park 

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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