Invasive Species Project Manager

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Job title: Invasive Species Project Manager

Salary: £32,029 – £38,813 per annum

Contract type: Two year fixed term contract working full-time hours (37 hours per week)

Location: County Hall, Chichester

Application closing date: 23:00pm on Sunday 23rd June

Interview date: Wednesday 3rd July

The opportunity

The County Council is a substantial landowner with an extensive portfolio of sensitive assets (schools, highways, offices, care homes etc.) at risk from tree pests and diseases. We are looking for a highly experienced and motivated individual capable of developing the authority’s approach to the management of invasive species and, in particular, managing the delivery of its Ash Dieback (ADB) Action Plan, which sets out our response to the threat that ash dieback poses.

This role involves analysing the results of ash dieback surveys, making recommendations, issuing reports and servicing or modifying the Action Plan. You will have a good understanding of arboriculture and of tree pests and diseases and preferably experience of managing an organisation’s response to the threats that they pose. Your experience will also include the use of GIS and database outputs to analyse large scale survey data with the objective of prioritising action efficiently and cost effectively. You will also be able to demonstrate a proven ability to write strategies and policies and communicate key messages to a wide variety of audiences. In conjunction with the Communications Team, you will provide regular progress updates to an internal working group, schools, town, parish and district councils, elected members, and West Sussex residents via all common media formats.

The successful candidate will have proven project management skills and, as part of a team of stakeholders, be able to effectively drive the work forward with a clear understanding of the relevant and sometimes competing priorities. Initially, your primary focus will be to manage and deliver the ADB Action Plan. You will be expected to coordinate the activities of key internal stakeholders, including our contracted framework providers and liaise with external bodies as required. Concurrently, you will assist in formulating and promoting appropriate strategies and policies working with Council officers and members.

To find out more please contact: Don Baker on 033 022 26439 or


  • Generous annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
  • Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
  • A range of flexible working options
  • Maternity, paternity, dependency and adoption leave
  • A childcare voucher scheme
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000 a year through our West Sussex Choices benefits platform
  • Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
  • A range of commuting and business travel discount and initiatives

To apply:

Please click on the ‘Apply for job’ button at the bottom of the page in order to submit your CV and cover letter explaining why you’re applying for the role and why you feel you’re suitable. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you the very best of luck.

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Job Details

Company Name:  West Sussex County Council
Location:  County Hall, Chichester

Contact Details

Don Baker  Telephone: 033 022 26439