Assistant Warden - Northward Hill


Medway, Kent
£26,379 - £28,319 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 11th August 2024  

The North Kent Marshes team are looking for an enthusiastic, resilient and resourceful Assistant Warden to help deliver our conservation objectives across the four reserves on the Hoo Peninsula - Northward Hill, Cliffe Pools, Higham Marshes and Shorne Marshes. This is a full-time position, fixed-term until 28 February 2026.

The North Kent reserves consist of a variety of habitats including grazing marsh, saline and brackish lagoons, woodland, scrub and reedbeds. 

The successful applicant will undertake a range of habitat management and species monitoring activities across the suite of reserves in North Kent. Ideally, you will have experience in grazing marsh and woodland habitat management as well as species monitoring in these habitats. This post will, undoubtedly, enhance and develop your skills and knowledge to progress your career.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • You will have knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management across grazing marsh, brackish and saline lagoons, woodland and scrub.
  • You will have a proven track record of working of completing work alone and working within a varied team.
  • Leading and inspiring the reserve’s volunteer team, including Residential and non-residential interns.
  • Good bird identification skills and experience of biological surveys.
  • Be willing to assist with predator control to benefit ground nesting birds.
  • Well organised approach to work including developing and effective prioritisation of workplans and workloads.
  • Full, manual driving licence that is valid in the UK.

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Lantra or equivalent qualification in using machinery, including; brushcutter, chainsaw, tractor, sit astride quad, PA1/6W pesticides.
  • Knowledge of servicing and maintaining vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment to agreed standards.
  • Experience of staff or volunteer recruitment and line management.
  • Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.

Additional information:

  • This role will involve lone working and working in remote locations.
  • This role will require occasional weekend, early morning and evening working so will need someone who is able to be flexible.

This is a fixed-term role until 28 February 2026, full-time for 37.5 hours per week. 

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position on Friday 30 August 2024. For further information please contact [email protected].

As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

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