Non-Executive Director (Volunteer)

Non-Executive Director (Volunteer)

We are currently looking for a Non-Executive Director (unpaid) to join our Board to help drive and guide our consultancy going forwards.  We are keen to hear from you if you share our passion for the environment and nature and can bring your experience, expertise and networks to help lead our strategic development in one or more of the following areas;

  • Commercial experience in development, land management, ecological and environmental services or landscape architecture
  • New business generation ,tendering and contract delivery
  • Consultancy or contract management
  • Social enterprise and business development

You will also need to demonstrate an interest in and enthusiasm for the work of the Consultancy and be able to commit to attending 5 Board meetings a year as well as additional input to specific business development activity.

For more information please contact Liz Ballard (Consultancy Director) on l.ballard@wildsheffield.com or Rob Seeley (Consultancy Manager) on r.seeley@wildsheffield.com

To apply please send an Expression of Interest and a CV to info@wildscapes.co.uk for the attention of Liz Ballard.

Becoming a Non-Executive Director (Unpaid)

Wildscapes Consultancy undertakes contracts both through the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and as Community Interest Company (CIC).

The Consultancy has its own Board made up of Trustees and CIC Directors. They do not benefit from any renumeration.

The Board of Directors’ role is to:

  • lead strategic development and planning to grow the Consultancy
  • identify opportunities and new contacts that will benefit the Consultancy
  • support and positively challenge the Consultancy Manager in business development and performance
  • develop and adopt appropriate policies ensuring the Consultancy’s activities are legal, right and proper, and promote good practice in health & safety and environmental operations in particular.
  • connect the Consultancy to potential customers and external stakeholders
  • report to Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, the parent charity and owner of the CIC.

Becoming a Director of Wildscapes Consultancy will involve:

  • Bringing your knowledge, expertise and connections to support the work of the Consultancy.
  • Promoting the business and services of the Consultancy to your contacts and networks.
  • Taking part in an induction and attending up to 5 Board meetings a year.
  • Providing insight and strategic overview. Scrutinising business performance and highlighting new opportunities or threats to the Consultancy, drawn from your own networks and knowledge of the external environment in which the Consultancy operates.
  • Using any specific skills, knowledge or experience you have to help the Board reach sound decisions.
  • Contributing to issues in which you have special expertise as they arise eg providing guidance on new ventures

Some Directors hold additional responsibilities such as account signatories.

By becoming a Director, each member of the Board makes a commitment to undertake the following duties:

  • To ensure that the Consultancy complies with its articles of association, CIC and company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that the Consultancy pursues its objects as defined in its articles of association.
  • To contribute actively to the board of Director’s role in giving strategic direction to the Consultancy, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the Consultancy
  • To ensure the financial stability and effective and efficient administration of the Consultancy
  • To protect and manage the assets of the Consultancy
  • To appoint and manage the Consultancy Manager
  • To act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of funds or assets.

To support its Directors, the Consultancy will:

  • Provide induction and development to enable Directors to carry out their role as effectively as possible
  • Give adequate notice of relevant dates and events
  • Provide reports and papers in advance of meetings
  • Respond to information requests and Governance queries

Person Specification

We are seeking professional experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Social enterprise and business development
  • Land management consultancy and contracts
  • Ecological consultancy and contracts
  • Environmental/land management sector
  • Landscape architect

As well as the above, Directors should demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • Experience of business management and/or marketing
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the work of the Consultancy
  • Experience of working as part of a decision-making group, board or committee either in a business or voluntary environment
  • Experience or knowledge of social enterprise
  • Commitment to promoting and supporting wildlife and the environment.

Access creation and improvement

We offer a wide range of services to make sites easily accessible; from building and improving footpaths to adjoining land management and installing site furniture. We are qualified to use high quality machinery which speeds up the time of creating/improving access points where appropriate.

We provide clearance of public right of ways (PROW), and specialise in labour intensive work on sites where use of large machinery may be intrusive, inappropriate or inaccessible. We make sites more easily accessible whilst protecting wildlife. We are experienced at delivering PROW works within a wide range of habitats, be it extensive moorland habitats to urban woodlands.

Boundary work and Improvements

Wildscapes deliver boundary improvements to greenspace sites consisting of:

  • Post and wire fencing
  • Post and rail fencing
  • Vehicle barriers
  • Access points and entrance gates
  • Dry stone walling

We use locally sourced materials wherever possible, enabling you to support the local economy by working with us. Our materials are sustainably sourced, with all of our timber for our fencing being of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. This means you can be reassured that the work we deliver for you isn’t damaging to the environment.

Grounds Maintenance

Wildscapes provides competitive grounds maintenance services for a range of clients. We specialise in nature reserves, schools, neighbourhood parks and housing landscapes, bringing real quality to some of the most challenging urban locations. Our experience of involving users results in a safer and better-valued outdoor environment.

Conservation Management

We work with landowners who are required to manage their landholdings to Local Wildlife Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) standards, and with conservation organisations implementing enhancement or restoration works. Our experience includes woodland, wetland, meadows and heathland management, as well as maintenance for grazing infrastructure, firebreak creation and scrub clearance.

Habitat creation and restoration

We are extremely passionate about creating new habitats to be enjoyed by both people and wildlife. To add to our passion we have a proven track record in the successful delivery and creation of new habitats through our Land Management service.

We pride ourselves in constructing, managing and maintaining all types of outdoor spaces; ensuring that the clients and end-users are at the heart of service. Our team are all trained in practical land management with the relevant technical accreditations and practical conservation knowledge. Together this provides our clients the assurance that our service is safe, efficient, of the highest quality and practical to fit to the needs of users both during and on completion of projects.

Whether our clients are required to re-instate lost habitat via the planning process or are investing in local green infrastructure for employees or communities, Wildscapes has extensive experience of creating a range of natural habitats such as ponds, wetlands, flower-rich grassland, woodlands or artificial habitat such as otter holts, badger setts or water vole ditches.

Invasive Species Control

If you’re having difficulties with invasive species our land management team can help you save time and expense and also prevent you from breaking the law.

Professional support when dealing with invasive species can save time, expense and diminish health risks. Wildscapes can advise on appropriate management and differing control techniques for these problem species, and is licensed to undertake practical removal and control work on site.   Our team are experienced and trained to eradicate species such as Japanese Knot weed, giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam, which can course serious and ongoing problems for both existing and new development.

Japanese knotweed can compromise the structural integrity of buildings and pavements and if left untreated will reduce both the amenity value of a site and its commercial value. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 requires that landowner or land tenants take all reasonable steps to control Japanese knotweed from infringing into adjoining land. Penalties for causing an infestation can be as serious as two years imprisonment and/or a large fine. The Environmental Protection Act 1990, Duty of Care Regulations 1991, states that cut knotweed materials and soil containing rhizomes must be disposed of as controlled waste if they are to be removed from their site origin.

The Weeds Act 1959 requires that the following plants are controlled:

  • Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense)
  • Spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
  • Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius)
  • Curled dock (Rumex crispus)
  • Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

These plants do have some ecological value so action should only be taken to prevent them from spreading in large quantities to other areas or, in the case of common ragwort, to prevent them from adversely affecting livestock.

Tree planting

Our Team are experienced in the art of tree planting; whether it be habitat restoration via woodland creation in remote moorland cloughs; tree planting as part of schools or volunteer day events or planting of native hedgerow or native trees as part of landscaping schemes. We have worked for a variety of clients from large scale conservation organisations such as RSPB and National Trust, to councils, including Sheffield City Council and Rotherham MBC, and private individuals.

Moorland Conservation

Our land management team have an exceptional local knowledge and as a result have helped restore some of the most damaged areas of moorland in the UK. With expert heathland and moorland restoration skills, we work on a number of projects throughout the winter months to help stabilise bare peat. This is achieved through a combination of methods including the spreading of heather cuttings (brash) to prevent any further deterioration of the bare peat, and the planting of sphagnum and other native moorland plants to create a healthy blanket bog. We specialise in delivering moorland restoration works to remote areas, using working methods that protect the surrounding ecological and archaeological valuable habitats and features.

Wildflower ID Workshop

This course provides a day’s introduction to the identification of wildflowers with an emphasis on the most common plant families and basic flower structure.

We will spend the morning in the classroom before heading out to a local nature reserve in the afternoon.  Following the course, attendees should be able to;

– Recognise the key diagnostic features used to identify wildflowers

– Recognise members of the 9 most common families of wildflowers

– Learn to identify a number of common species

– Become familiar with the use of keys to identify species

The course is aimed at anyone with a general interest in botany, no previous knowledge is required.

Winter Tree ID Workshop

Do you know your ash from your alder?

If you do, you’ll know that ash trees have distinctive black buds, whilst the buds of the common alder often have a striking purple tinge. 

If you’re still in the dark, you can learn the secrets of tree identification in winter with this day-long course run by our Wildscapes ecologists. We will spend the morning in the classroom looking at winter identification features before heading out to a local park to practice identifying trees, and end the day with a fun quiz to test your knowledge.

The course is aimed at anybody with a general interest in tree identification, no previous knowledge is required.

An Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

This one day course provides the detail on how to conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey – an essential skill for quickly surveying and mapping habitat types.

The course covers understanding how to plan, conduct and write up a Phase 1 survey. There will be a classroom-based introduction in the morning, followed by the opportunity to try out techniques in the field in a local park.

Following the course, attendees should be equipped with the skills to; 

– Understand the methodology of a Phase 1 Habitat Survey

– Be able to use mapping techniques, target notes and create a species list

– Understand the key indicator species to identify habitats

– Understand the basic report format

– Understand the options for mapping

– Understand how Phase 1 surveys are used and their role within extended surveys and PEAs

An Introduction to Bat Surveys

This one day course is aimed at people entering or working in the ecology sector who want to get an introduction to bat surveying before the start of the survey season. The course covers:

– An introduction to the biology and ecology of bats

– An introduction to the identification of British bats

– An introduction to bat legislation

– How to plan and conduct a Preliminary Roost Assessment on buildings, identifying potential for bat roosts

– How to plan and conduct ground based tree assessments, identifying potential for bat roosts

– An introduction to aerial survey techniques with a demonstration of tree climbing and use of endoscopes

– An introduction to nocturnal activity surveys

– Bat walk in a local park, practicing using bat detectors