Assistant Conservation Officer (Reserves and Local Wildlife Sites)

Kent Wildlife Trust

Maidstone, Kent
£23,651 - £32,720 depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01622 662012 Liz Carr

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 28th October 2018  

Temporary full-time for 18 months
Closing Date: Mid-day on 28th October
Interview Date: 7th November
Salary Range: £23,651 to £32,720 depending on experience.
Based at Tyland Barn, Maidstone

The Job: The post holder will play a key part in ensuring that Kent Wildlife Trust can assess the quality of the habitats we manage, assess the effect of our habitat management work on the biodiversity of Kent and Medway, and ensure that data collected across reserves and Local Wildlife Sites are recorded, collected and managed correctly. The post draws together a number of tasks that are crucial to the continued success of the Trust’s Conservation Evidence and Local Wildlife Sites work.


Good biodiversity data is essential to provide the evidence to inform our conservation decisions and to influence the decisions of others where they have the potential to affect the natural environment. This post supports the effective monitoring of wildlife on Kent Wildlife Trust’s reserves, assessing the quality of the habitats we manage and monitoring the effect of our habitat management work. The post holder will work closely with the Conservation Evidence Ecologist and Ecology Group Volunteers to gather ecological data, and ensure it is digitised, stored, analysed and reported appropriately following our established protocols. The post will use a broad mixture of natural history, technical and volunteer development skills built on hands-on experience.

Local Wildlife Sites

Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) are areas which are important for the conservation of wildlife in the administrative areas of Kent and Medway. In Kent, there are over 460 Local Wildlife Sites, covering a total area of over 27,500 hectares, (roughly 7% of the county). They range from a 0.13 hectare churchyard important for its orchids, to grazing marsh sites of over 1,000 hectares. The post holder will work closely with the Conservation Officer (Wildlife Sites) and landowners to co-ordinate the monitoring of LWS across Kent.

You: You will be a competence ecologist, administrator and engaging leader of volunteers.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals. We are all working to protect wildlife and to find better ways to run an efficient and effective organisation.

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