Full-time Operations Manager

Andover Trees United
(ATU Ops Manager)
Children & Young People, Conservation & Land Management, Education & Training, Environment & Sustainability
Salary Details
Salary: £27000 Holiday: 20 days per year plus Bank Holidays
Contract Type
Hours per Week
Closing Date
Full-time Operations Manager to coordinate the many different aspects of the charity’s work related to its newly-created community wood

Job Description


  • The Operations Manager role is funded through a Reaching Communities National Lottery grant, and is offered as a five-year fixed-term contract.
  • As the Operations Manager, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a grass-roots, community-led environmental education and conservation charity leading delivery of the 5-year Branching Out strategy.
  • To achieve this you will manage and coordinate a programme of community environmental and arts-based projects. Working to a set budget you will need to balance the strategic aims of the charity with the set objectives of the funding organisation(s), providing evidence through regular project monitoring and reporting.
  • An important element of this role will be to help to devise income streams and implement strategies that will put the charity on a financially sustainable footing, thereby securing the long-term future of this role.
  • You’ll work alongside our volunteer management team, made up of experienced professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. You’ll collaborate with our Community Engagement & Outdoor Learning Officer, Ecology & Community Outreach Intern and Admin Officer (part-time) - teamwork and good communication will be vital.
  • A love of nature is essential, as is a keen desire to share your environmental passion and knowledge with others.
  • This is a hands-on role, you will plan and deliver interesting and exciting nature, community and arts-based projects; some days you will be office-based, writing project reports, and the next you will be outdoors helping to repair fences! So be prepared to get stuck in.


  • Manage delivery of the 5-year ‘Branching Out’ strategy, including the development of sustainable funding streams and the management and coordination of related projects 
  • Provide the Trustees and Funders with regular progress reports
  • Oversee and contribute to the recruitment of volunteers, volunteer development and database management, in collaboration with the Community Engagement/ Outdoor Learning Officer & Admin Officer
  • Manage the maintenance of the woodland, cabin, allotment, equipment and school nursery beds including procuring trees, planting sundries, repairs and replacements
  • Liaise with the PR and Publicity team, contribute to website maintenance, publications and press releases
  • Ensure that all activities operate in a safe environment, managing safeguarding, health and safety, data protection policies and assessments of risk for all the charity’s work
  • Build and maintain relationships with our key partners including local businesses, local authorities, funders, landowners and other organisations, widening ATU’s reach and facilitating the ‘Trees on Tour’ project
  • Any other duties as agreed by the Trustees


  • A passion for the natural world and for sharing this with others
  • Experience in a leadership role, to include policies improvement and strategic decision-making
  • Ability to take the initiative to solve problems
  • Reliable, with a flexible approach and sense of humour
  • Good organisation, project management and communication skills, with experience of project evaluation and reporting, ideally working with Theory of Change models
  • An empathy for and interest in working with people
  • A strong commitment to creating an inclusive, equal and diverse workplace
  • Conservation experience and as a minimum, a basic understanding of woodland and grassland habitats
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Administrative and computer literacy - including the use of G-suite
  • The post involves evening and weekend work; the post holder must be available to work evenings and weekends as part of their working week.
  • The position may include some travel therefore the post holder must have a clean driving licence and access to a car for business use, insured appropriately.
  • Ability to promote the work of Andover Trees United
  • Ability to relate to and work with other organisations
  • Willingness to be hands-on and demonstrate leadership by joining in with practical sessions, undertaking training as required


  • The post is offered on a full-time fixed-term contract, availalbe for 5 years with a 6-month probationary period.
  • The post holder will be required to work from a variety of locations to include Harmony Woods.
  • The post holder will have access to admin support (a new part-time post, 1.5 days a week, is being created). The part-time admin officer will work flexibly to support volunteer and paid officers and priorities will change regularly; the operations manager will be expected therefore to carry out their own admin tasks as needed.
  • The post holder must be available to work evenings and weekends as part of their working week.
  • The post will be subject to a DBS enhanced check.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us; message liz.scrace@andovertrees.org.uk 

Company Description



Andover Trees United (ATU) was set up in 2011 by a group of local residents committed to engaging with their local community, especially young people, to better connect to the natural world and take practical action to address current environmental crises. The organisation set up by the founding group of friends has attracted the support of 25 local schools, countless members of the local community, local businesses, local government, nationally recognised organisations and a regular volunteer team of 50. As the charity has grown, its leadership team has worked hard to retain a friendly, family-like atmosphere and now invites you to join them to lead a new, small team of paid officers.

Andover Trees United is a volunteer-led charity working in partnership with schools, local authorities, businesses, specialist environmental organisations, artists and other creative practitioners to promote conservation and improve responsible access to natural wild spaces. National collaborators currently include The Woodland Trust and Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. The charity’s main site ‘Harmony Woods’ represents a 10-year planting project, giving all the children and young people in our community the chance to turn 12 acres of farmland to the north of Andover into a natural urban woodland, increasing biodiversity and providing a wealth of opportunities for learning about the environment.

Harmony Woods sits within a total of 44 acres of new woodland which forms the major part of Hampshire’s Diamond Wood, being one of 60 new 60-acre woods planted in 2012 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In 2021 a new 5-year strategic plan was unveiled,‘Branching Out’, which will come into effect in 2022. You will be joining us as we enter the next exciting chapter of our story, helping us to deliver the plan: involving, informing and inspiring.


1) The conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment for the public benefit by the establishment and maintenance of woodland in Andover.

2) The advancement of education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in Andover and the Test Valley area including by promoting the woodland as a means for the community to learn about wider environmental issues such as: sustainability, climate change, ecology and the mitigating need for trees.


Nature Supporting Community, Community Supporting Nature.

At ATU we put the environment at the heart of everything we do, and we live by our core values. We are:

  • Welcoming: We are respectful, down to earth people, born out of the community, with a deep respect for all living things within the natural environment. We work together closely and care about each other's personal development.
  • Inclusive: The health and wellbeing of our volunteers and service users are our highest priority. We strive to create a diverse, supportive and safe space for all. We’re humans, doing our best. When we don’t get things right, we learn from it.
  • Passionate: We are active, enthusiastic ‘doers’. We bring people together to learn from the natural world and empower them to get stuck in and make real change happen.
  • Creative: We are creative problem solvers. We move fast, think ahead and believe the future is bright. We provide exciting nature and arts-based opportunities to connect, educate and communicate environmental issues to our local community.