Conservation Manager (Salary £21,600 for a 4 day week)

The Little Ouse Headwaters Project (LOHP) is a charitable company which was set up by residents in 2002, building on the work of previous voluntary groups.  The charity is run by volunteers to promote the conservation and enjoyment of the fen habitats and landscapes of the upper valley of the Little Ouse which encompass internationally important valley fens. The long range goal is to link six miles of the Little Ouse environs between Redgrave & Lopham Fen and Knettishall Heath Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserves. So far LOHP has acquired, restored, opened and reconnected 14 sites along the river totalling 72 hectares for the benefit of wildlife and the general public, and received six national and county awards for its work.  The landholdings are a combination of owned and leased sites. 

We have 220 members, 45 regular volunteers and 14 trustees who are also active volunteers, several of whom are experienced ecologists. LOHP does not have office premises.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a dynamic, highly successful, growing organisation in a position where you will be able to markedly influence its future as the first employee. Your line manager will be the Chair of LOHP and you will attend the trustee board meetings, interact with working groups reporting to the board and be involved in planning for the future.

You will manage the day to day operations of LOHP in close cooperation with working groups in ways which include the following:

  • Managing complex agri-environment agreements
  • Ensuring that sites are restored, maintained & monitored, including getting consents.
  • Coordinating livestock agreements with local graziers.
  • Commissioning and overseeing habitat management contracts. 
  • Commissioning and managing biological monitoring contracts.
  • Organising or delivering volunteer training in monitoring, site maintenance, & safety.
  • Setting up a structure for site management, monitoring and biological records.
  • Maintaining and enhancing communications & involvement of the local public.
  • Exploring ways of generating income for LOHP.
  • Monitoring legislation and advising on its likely impact on future operations.
  • Representing LOHP at some meetings.

This is a most interesting position that will enable the right person to apply their conservation knowledge and abilities to communicate with a wide range of organisations and individuals.  You will need experience of working in conservation, with good people skills, information technology and management skills.

For further information and to apply, download the following documents:

About the post (Job description and person specification and terms of employment)

Application form

To apply for the post please complete the application form and return it together with your full CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suited to the post, bearing in mind the essential skills for the post.  Please submit your application to applications [at]

For any questions contact Reg or Rowena Langston by phone (01379 898009) or email (reg.langston [at]

The closing date for applications is 4pm Friday 17th March.  Interviews will take place on Thursday 6th April at Redgrave Activities Centre (Church Way, Redgrave IP22 1RL), with appointment soon after.   

If you are selected for interview, we will phone you and confirm by email.