Marketing & Communications Manager – Wildwood Escot

Salary: From £28,000 pro rata
Contract type: Permanent
Working hours: Part time 22.5 hours per week 
Location: Wildwood Escot, Ottery St Mary
Closing date: Friday 7 October
Interviews: Week commencing 10 October

This is an exciting time to join the Wildwood Trust team.

As a leading British animal conservation charity, Wildwood is dedicated to saving the UK’s most threatened wildlife and right now we are taking action to reverse the loss of biodiversity, crucial to the survival of our natural world. 

As Marketing & Communications Manager, you will deliver a dynamic programme of campaigns to promote Wildwood Escot. You will find ways to increase our visitor and member numbers, and develop our membership and partnership schemes to achieve income targets and support the Mission and Vision of the Trust.

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WILDWOOD TRUST
Wildwood runs Kent and Devon’s best British wildlife parks. The Trust sites are home to over 200 native animals, past and present and each is set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland. Across our parks, visitors can see bears, wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers, elk, pine-martens, storks, owls and ravens plus many more. Wildwood has 65,000 members and 200,000 annual visitors, and both membership and visitor numbers are growing. 

Wildwood’s ground-breaking conservation programmes currently include Wilder Blean, a project to bring bison to the Blean Woods as eco-engineers, Restoring The Chough To Kent, breeding and releasing the almost extinct chough (chuff) to the south coast, and Bringing Back Britain’s Wildcats, a national reintroduction of the functionally extinct native cat species.

THE JOB
This is a great opportunity to make a real impact in developing and growing the Wildwood brand, reach and audience. 

You will promote the work of Wildwood, and our Devon park to a wide range of audiences across all platforms. You will be responsible for updating the Wildwood Escot website and managing the booking system for all our activities. You will be excited about rolling out our fresh new brand assets throughout all materials and communications across Wildwood Escot. You will lead Wildwood Escot’s social media output, building it up and working with team and volunteers to create content and create a lively, informed and popular presence across our channels. You will be full of ideas for direct marketing campaigns and appeals to raise funds and build memberships, working with our new CRM system.

THE PERSON
You will have a background in marketing or communications, with a good knowledge of social media. You will be experienced with CRM systems, data interpretation and analysis. Of course you will be a great communicator and you will also need to be well organised and methodical. You will be enthusiastic, flexible and inspired by this opportunity to be at the heart of developing Wildwood in a period of exciting development.

Please see the Job Description for full details. 

Application process

Application is by C.V. and must contain the following information:

  • Name, address, age, contact phone numbers at home and work (for discreet calls only)
  • Personal statement
  • Employment history
  • Educational history

You should include a statement of the relevant skills and experience that you believe you will bring to the job, paying careful attention to the requirements of the job outlined above.

You should give two referees to whom we can turn for a confidential reference, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. References will only be taken up for those candidates chosen for interview or, with regard to current employer, on offer of contract.

Applications will not be acknowledged unless sent by email, whereby an automatic reply shall be confirmation of receipt.

Applications should be sent to Helen Sayers, Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ. Or alternatively email jobs@wildwoodtrust.org


Development Officer – Wildwood Escot

Salary: from £25,000 pro rata
Contract type: Permanent
Working hours: Part time 22.5 hours per week
Location: Wildwood Escot, Ottery St Mary
Closing date: Friday 7 October
Interviews: Week commencing 10 October

This is an exciting time to join the Wildwood Trust team.

As a leading British animal conservation charity, Wildwood is dedicated to saving the UK’s most threatened wildlife and right now we are taking action to reverse the loss of biodiversity, crucial to the survival of our natural world.

As Development Officer you will plan and deliver fundraising activities to achieve Wildwood Escot’s income targets, to develop and sustain the park and our groundbreaking conservation projects. You will secure donations from supporters and partnerships in the local corporate community, delivering a programme of fundraising events, and applying for grants to support our projects, core charitable activities, and future growth.

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WILDWOOD TRUST
Wildwood runs Kent and Devon’s best British wildlife parks. The Trust sites are home to over 200 native animals, past and present and each is set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland. Across our parks, visitors can see bears, wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers, elk, pine-martens, storks, owls and ravens plus many more. Wildwood has 65,000 members and 200,000 annual visitors, and both membership and visitor numbers are growing.

Wildwood’s ground-breaking conservation programmes currently include Wilder Blean, a project to bring bison to the Blean Woods as eco-engineers, Restoring The Chough To Kent, breeding and releasing the almost extinct chough (chuff) to the south coast, and Bringing Back Britain’s Wildcats, a national reintroduction of the functionally extinct native cat species.

THE JOB
This is a great opportunity to make a real impact in developing and growing Wildwood’s membership and supporter base.

You will work closely with the Fundraising, Marcomms and Park teams, to deliver campaigns to attract supporters to Wildwood Escot. You will research and write engaging applications to Charitable Trusts & Foundations and manage grants and reporting. You will also write pitches and proposals to build a base of corporate sponsors. You will flex your organisational skills by planning and hosting visits and events for donors, sponsors and potential funders to Wildwood Escot. You will rally the team to ensure excellent relationship building and stewardship for all our supporters. All of this, you will manage through Wildwood’s new CRM system.

THE PERSON
You will have a background in fundraising, sales or marketing and ideally some experience of working or volunteering for a charity. You will be an excellent communicator, confident in engaging with all sorts of people.

Please see the Job Description for full details.

Application process

Application is by C.V. and must contain the following information:

  • Name, address, age, contact phone numbers at home and work (for discreet calls only)
  • Personal statement
  • Employment history
  • Educational history

You should include a statement of the relevant skills and experience that you believe you will bring to the job, paying careful attention to the requirements of the job outlined above.

You should give two referees to whom we can turn for a confidential reference, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. References will only be taken up for those candidates chosen for interview or, with regard to current employer, on offer of contract.

Applications will not be acknowledged unless sent by email, whereby an automatic reply shall be confirmation of receipt.

Applications should be sent to Michael Lunn, Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ. Or alternatively email jobs@wildwoodtrust.org


Café Assistant

We’re looking for bright, outgoing, friendly individuals to join our Coach House Cafe team for the busy season ahead. If you’re not afraid of hard work we’d like to talk to you about joining our friendly team.

The Coach House Café plays an important role in delivering value to our members, visitors and donors. This contributes to the charity’s mission and objectives and therefore our overall success.

As a café assistant you’ll be a representative of Wildwood and as such will provide consistently engaging customer care whilst carrying out your duties to the highest of standards.

This post holder contributes to the charity’s aims by providing exemplary customer service to all members, visitors, guests and donors, upselling café products and services to customers at every opportunity and ensuring all other café tasks are carried out to a high standard

To excel in this role, you’ll need personality and drive to serve and sell to our customers. You will be confident, enthusiastic and an excellent communicator to inform, advise and support our visitors. You’ll understand our mission and be able to inform customers about our park, the products and services we offer across our site.

About you:

· Ability to work in a busy café/kitchen environment serving high quality breakfast and lunch dishes
· Reliable and punctual
· Can liaise professionally with customers and build lasting rapport
· Experience with till systems
· Ability to work as part of a team and use own initiative
· Ability to follow food hygiene standards and health and safety
· Ability to work under pressure
· Must be able to work weekends, school holidays and bank holidays

Applications

To apply, please include your CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role to dawn@wildwoodtrust.org


Seasonal Residential School Housekeeper

Wildwood Escot require a part-time housekeeper to join their friendly team throughout the high-season (1st April to 30th September ). You will work independently within the Education Department’s Yurt Village, to provide our residential school visits with healthy, fun meals throughout their stay with us.

Wildwood Escot’s Yurt Village is an outdoor educational and residential facility which offers schools and groups various packages to stay and learn in a natural outdoor environment. It can accommodate up to 56 children and 10 staff and the site has hot showers, flushing toilets and fully equipped kitchen.

The role holder will be required to efficiently carry out all duties to a high standard.

Your main tasks and responsibilities are:

– Prepare and cook healthy, fun meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner
– Daily cleaning of Yurt Village kitchen area and dining tent. To include wiping down surfaces, sweeping and mopping floors, ensuring all items are washed up and stored away, preparing shopping lists
– To be aware of, and work within, health & safety regulations and requirements
– To report any damaged or unusable equipment and resolve minor maintenance issues

You may be required to carry out duties not listed above but which will be within your level of skill and ability.

You will need:

· Cooking experience
· A proactive, hard-working attitude
· A thorough eye for detail
· To carry out all tasks safely, efficiently and to a high standard
· To understand and use safe practices of work
· To carry out all tasks independently
· To be an excellent time-keeper to ensure meals are prepared within their designated time-frames
· To be friendly and polite to your colleagues and our visitors

Applications

Applications should include a CV and covering letter and be sent to charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org


 

Education Assistant

An active position requiring the role holder to join our friendly education team as a education assistant.

As a well-established and highly regarded education establishment, we deliver exceptional educational experiences and programmes that meet the needs of our attending visitors, schools and groups. We aim to reconnect the general public with nature in multiple subjects and produce individual memorable experiences.

Friendly, informative, enthusiastic and proactive engagement with a range of stakeholders including visitors, customers, members, school children and teachers is the main responsibility of our Outdoor Education Assistants.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities for this position include:

  • Organising and developing session plans
  • Delivering our outdoor education programmes
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of the living history centre
  • Delivering engaging activities with the public during holidays and weekends
  • Providing exceptional customer service and communication when handling enquiries and engaging with our schools, groups or park visitors in a professional and helpful manner
  • Running activities with schools during term time
  • Maintenance and tidying of the department’s facilities
  • Public animal talks

You may be required to carry out duties not listed above but which will be within your level of skill and ability.

Appointment to the above position is subject to successful candidates receiving full clearance from the Disclosure Barring Service and two reference checks.

Applications

Application is by C.V and must contain the following information:

  •  Name, address, contact phone numbers
  •  Personal statement
  •  Employment history
  •  Educational history

Applications should be sent to Charlotte Mead, charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org