Warden - Airds Moss and Barons Haugh


North Lanarkshire & East Ayrshire
£22,073 - £23,912 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Reference: A6640319

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 19th April 2019  

Are you someone who likes a challenge? Why not come and join us to help us take two of our fabulous and diverse reserves through the next phases of their development.

Warden - Airds Moss and Barons Haugh
Reference number: A6640319
Location: North Lanarkshire & East Ayrshire
Salary starting at: £22,073 to £23,912 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

The post is mainly based at Baron's Haugh reserve which is located in west central Scotland nestling between the town of Motherwell and the River Clyde although for administrative purposes you will work out of the South West Scotland Regional Office in Glasgow. Habitat comes in a range of forms, all in a relatively compact area including wetland, riverine, mature woodland and designed landscape but the beauty of it is that it is a "hidden gem" and accessible to an urban audience of over 1 million people all within a 30 minute drive. The reserve extends to just over 100 hectares and due to its semi-urban location requires real hands-on management to ensure that our visitors can enjoy it at its very best. In addition to the regular day to day tasks such as maintenance and wildlife monitoring, the post holder will play an active part in driving it forward to engage with a much wider audience in line with the RSPB's Saving Nature strategy.

The second reserve is Airds Moss, situated in East Ayrshire and has been recently extended to over 700 hectares located within the Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands SPA and within an RSPB Priority Landscape. The main habitat consists of blanket bog which has been undergoing an extensive restoration programme to reverse the effects of man's attempts to drain the bog over the last two hundred or more years and bring back all of the species associated with this threatened habitat. The reserve is now moving into a new phase of management and is integral to the work which we are undertaking in this area with a range of ongoing projects and partnership helping to support our activities. In particular the reserve is part of our Curlew Trial Management Project which seeks to find solutions to identify the causes of decline of this iconic bud sadly declining species with a range of management interventions and monitoring being implemented. The reserve management plan is also due for renewal and you will be heavily involved in shaping the new one covering the next five years.

You will generally be expected to exhibit a high standard of visitor care and community involvement, provide a regular presence across the both sites, especially at Baron's Haugh, engendering a feeling of security and stewardship and spreading our conservation message to a wider audience. You will develop and run a programme of information and interpretation provision including events, literature, signage, formal and informal education and will become the main contact for each reserve. The reserves will require to be maintained to a high level and you should have good experience of implementing maintenance works, running small scale projects, be able to undertake wildlife monitoring with a reasonable degree of competence. You will have an Assistant Warden to help you along the way and both sites have a regular volunteer force to supplement that help. Experience of line managing staff and working with volunteers will therefore be a key requirement of this post.

This is a unique opportunity to simultaneously work on two quite different sites but each offering a very wide range of duties and areas of interest. You will be given the chance to make the most of your existing skills and experience but also the support to develop new ones too. With a very strong support network within the South and West Scotland Regional Office, you will be given the ample opportunity to make the job your own.

Why not give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

Closing date: 19 April 2019
Interview date: 2 May 2019


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the 'More information about this vacancy' link to be directed to our website where you can download the Role Profile and Application Details.

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