Image above: Dr. Nick Owen MBE addressing walkers on a Seldom Seen guided walk, 2014

Islands and Bays of Barrow & Furness Coastal Team 

Landscape Engagement Manager 

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£25 000 per annum. (3 days pro rata) dependent on experience.

2 year fixed term contract. Based at Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.

The Islands and Bays of Barrow and Furness Coastal Team, in association with Art Gene are seeking a Landscape Engagement Manager, to join our award-winning team.

The successful candidate will lead on the development of projects and funding streams focussed on engaging communities in experiencing and understanding the value of and caring for, the landscape and natural environment across the Islands and Bays of Barrow and Furness, in Cumbria.

The role is central in delivering visionary engagement projects contributing to the case for new infrastructure and environmental improvements which impacts on improved health and well being, in the area.

Barrow-in-Furness is a unique place, out on the west coast of the Irish sea, it has both a beautiful award winning coastal island landscape and severe health problems, in its dense urban terraces. Working with these extremes the Landscape Engagement Manager will form a core part of the team at Art Gene, with artists and associates. Together with their diverse and creative skill set, they are able to revision existing regeneration models, further developing the nationally significant plan for health and the environment for the area.

This 2 year fixed term contract, will be undertaken by an individual who:

• Is passionate about the environment and engaging people with their natural heritage;

• Has a creative approach to project initiation, management and fundraising with an enthusiasm and ability to engage the public through immersive, unusual consultation events.

This challenging and rewarding position will build on and facilitate our existing partnerships with, individuals and communities Locally, Regionally and (Inter)nationally – uncovering and developing aspiration at a grass roots level within a ‘glocally’ understood context.

The Landscape Engagement Manager, will manage a suite of projects within a collaborative team led by Art Gene’s artist co-founder directors (Maddi Nicholson & Stuart Bastik) and lead associate architect (Charlie MacKeith).

The successful candidate will work closely with the new Arts Development & Project Manager, and with our wider creative teams which include freelance associate artists, designers, architects, and other specialists with skills in re-visioning the social, natural and built environment, and Art Gene’s core administrative staff.

Bespoke training will be provided by Art Gene and our partners Cumbria Wildlife Trust & Natural England. The role will be further supported by our Coastal Team Board with extensive knowledge of the islands, their urban landscapes, local heritage and the communities who live across them, from many different perspectives.

The Landscape Engagement Manager, will work collaboratively with the team to design, plan, manage, publicise and deliver hands-on engagement activity and events. The role will also involve planning, evaluating, report writing, and contributing individually and as part of a team to on-going fundraising activity to develop new strands of work, with the aim of continuing and growing the role beyond the contract period.

The Landscape Engagement Manager, will develop a volunteer, friends group working across areas of wildlife value situated between designated nature reserves. These may include gap sites, wastelands and other green coastal areas.

The Landscape Engagement Manager  will producing an environmental improvement plan for a series of planned new park areas that will enhance the designated nature conservation areas and increase their value within the community.


Barrow-in-Furness is rated 1st of all 325 English boroughs for the quantity and quality of its natural landscapes*. Yet it is rated 299th for how these landscapes are used by locals and visitors. Barrow’s amazing assets are set within the 2nd highest collection of deprived urban areas, the 5th highest health deficit in England.

Using these extraordinary facts a group of volunteers formed a Coastal Community Team (CCT) in 2015 and developed a 10-year plan to link the people of Barrow with their landscapes (read our Economic Plan here).

The plan was used to secure funding to the end of 2019 for jobs and activities to deliver and develop the first stages of the plan.

This is a unique opportunity to create and develop a model for regeneration through landscaping and improved health. The role will develop current projects and work with a team to secure longer term research and engagement projects. The connection between improved health and access to natural and designed landscapes has been known for a long time. However, as the World Health Organisation stated in 2016 ‘knowledge on their effectiveness in relation to health, well-being and equity is incomplete’.

This provides the opportunity to develop groundbreaking research and activities of international significance. The landscape engagement manager will work as part of the CCT to test, inform and develop our outline plans to secure longer term funding.

The Royal Society of Arts Heritage Index 2016


Person Specification:

Skills and Abilities

Countryside and environmental management or biological science or similar training relevant to the natural environment to degree level, or above.

A self-starter with the ability to initiate, plan, and implement their own workload

A friendly, down to earth personality, ‘hands on, can do’, with excellent inter-personal and communication skills

Able to work flexibly and responsively to the demands of the post, which often means evenings and weekends

Able to represent the coastal team – communicate to different audiences: local communities, political leaders, local government officers, artists, and local and regional stakeholders

Experience  & Knowledge

Experience of working in ecology, and the natural, environment

Experience of initiating, managing and leading projects

Experience of and an understanding of current thinking, around engaging communities

Experience of working successfully in both community and professional contexts

Experience of working to defined budgets

Experience of project monitoring and continual evaluation

Report writing, and project management

IT systems, preferably Apple Mac, including email, internet, presentations, spread sheets and word processing.

Social media, email marketing and promotional techniques.


Fundraising experience.

Knowledge of coastal and marine environments, including bird life.

Project planning and management systems and techniques

Knowledge of fundraising sources for contyryside and environmental management projects

Engagement methodologies

Budget management


DBS Checked, Enhanced disclosure.

Full clean drivers licence and access to car for daily use is essential.

Work flexibly, (outside the 9 to 5 culture) – some weekends and evenings.


“Barrow Borough is the No.1 Borough in England for the number and quality its natural heritage assets”.

Royal Society of Arts and Industry – Heritage index, 2015 & 2016                        

Image below: Experts and participants on an Art Gene Guided Walk, as part of Design Cafe.

Application Procedure 

Supply a full C.V. and a letter of application stating how your knowledge and experience, your skills and abilities will bring added value to the coastal team through The Landscape Engagement Manager role as specified in this brief.

Email to:  by 9 am Monday 27 th Nov 2017

Or post to Art Gene, Bath Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. LA14 5TY

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 1st Dec 2017 and invited for interview in Barrow-in-Furness on  6th Dec 2017


For more information: 

Contact Norman Wild at:

Links : 

(See Further Reading below)


Partners represented on the Coastal Team Board

Barrow Borough Council

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Natural England

National Trust

Associated British Ports


BAE Systems

Health and well being representatives

North West Newspapers Group

Furness Mapping Services

Barrow Archives

Heritage representatives

Art Gene

Islands and Bays of Barrow & Furness Coastal Team,
Kindly Funded By Coastal Communities Fund