Environmental Land Manager


    South Staffs Water

    Environmental Land Manager

    Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum inclusive of car allowance

    Hours: 37 Hours per week

    Location: Walsall/Blithfield

    About Us:

    At South Staffs and Cambridge Water, we deliver clean and reliable water supplies to around 1.7million customers within the South Staffs and Cambridge regions. As a water-only company, providing clean, healthy water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is at the very heart of what we do, and that’s where you come in.

    The Role:

    To create and provide management plans to develop and enhance the natural habitat across South Staffs and Cambridge, including Blithfield Reservoir Estate and other identified opportunities. Manage the day to day running of the Blithfield Estate, including maintaining the fish farm and the relationship with the angling club. Provide expert advice on schemes wider environmental impacts and work closely with our Environment Manager to manage and deliver relevant WINEP solutions.

    • Manage employees based at the Blithfield Estate, providing leadership, guidance, and support.
    • Working closely with the Environment Manager to manage and deliver the relevant WINEP schemes e.g. biodiversity, invasive non-native species.
    • Identify opportunities for improvement and undertake necessary activities to ensure support of Blithfield s SSSI status.
    • Define departmental key objectives and engage and motivate team members to achieve these.
    • Develop future land management strategy for our South Staffs Water land holdings and deliver these plans. Ensure that we are on track to maintain land stewardships and identify where there are opportunities for further grants and stewardships.
    • Team management such as conducting 1-2-1 meetings, organising resources, managing absences, performance and evaluating development needs.
    • Ensure Health and Safety is forefront, and all training is up to date.
    • Formulate and manage the departmental budget.
    • Design and implement a strategic land management plan for Blithfield and other opportune areas across both the South Staffs and Cambridge region.
    • Identify and apply for relevant stewardships and grants, and ensure the terms are adhered to.
    • Be an ambassador for environmental land management across the business.
    • Manage the profitable operation of the angling facility and fish farm at Blithfield.
    • Chair Birders Club quarterly meetings and be first point of contact for the Blithfield Sailing Club and other Blithfield stakeholders.
    • Manage the delivery of the estate operational activities daily and plan the months in advance for the team.
    • Liaise with Production, Facilities Management, recreational user groups, residents, tenant farmers, and local community groups on matters of mutual interest.
    • Work closely with the Environment Manager to manage the relevant WINEP solutions.
    • Represent the Company in external meetings where relevant.

    What You ll Need:

    • Good knowledge of land management and the relevant legislation.
    • Understanding of land grants and stewardships.
    • Experience ofheading a team.
    • Experience of managing the successful delivery of projects.
    • Experience of finance and budgeting.
    • Good organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and manage your own workload.
    • Proven experience in communication and collaboration with a range of stakeholders.
    • Knowledge of fisheries operations would be beneficial.
    • Land management qualifications desired but not essential
    • Previous woodland management experience would be beneficial.
    • Due to being across multiple locations, a full UK driving license is required.

    What You ll Get in Return:

    • A competitive salary up to £45,000 per annum.
    • Company pension with employer contributions.
    • 25 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays)
    • Store discount for personal shopping needs.
    • 24-hour helpline providing free and confidential advice to you and your family on financial, legal, marital, and health matters.
    • Eyecare vouchers via Specsavers
    • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)