Seasonal Nature Reserve Warden (Summer 2019)

Thanet Countryside Trust

Near Ramsgate, Kent
£7,020 pa

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 01843822666 Andrew Ogden

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 12th May 2019  

Seasonal Nature Reserve Warden Summer 2019

Part-time position, 15 hours per week, £9.00 per hour (£7,020 pa equivalent)

We are looking for someone with a passion for nature and the outdoors to carry out nature conservation work, guide volunteering projects and develop activities at Monkton Nature Reserve. This is a 16 acre wildlife oasis reclaimed from a former chalk quarry in East Kent, and it is now home to many protected and endangered species of fauna and flora.


To apply for this post, please send your CV and covering letter detailing your experience, relevant qualifications and reasons for applying to Andrew Ogden, Trustee. We would expect your CV and letter to be tailored to the requirements of the post.



The post offered is a part-time temporary position to cover our busy summer season. The expected working hours are 10:00am to 3:00pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 15 hours per week, although we expect there to be some flexibility in weekday working to provide cover as necessary.

This post is advertised as a part-time seasonal job ending 30 September 2019 or 18 weeks after start date.

We are offering a pay rate of £9.00 per hour, which equates to £7,020 per annum (FTE £18,720).


Practical conservation work: The Nature Reserve Warden will undertake conservation management work set out in the management plan to protect and enhance the nature reserve. You will have practical skills in machine and power tool use. Chainsaw experience with appropriate certification is an advantage.

Nature trail checks and maintenance. Some tasks require lifting heavy items and you will need a good level of fitness and be able to work through the day in all weathers!

Biological and general site monitoring: You will carry out scientific monitoring and recording of prioritised flora and fauna surveys, working with established in-house or other monitoring scheme templates.

Visitor infrastructure: You will assist with installation of any new visitor infrastructure and maintenance of existing infrastructure. You will carry out fencing checks and repair and maintain to existing structures on the reserve.

Working with volunteers: There is no staff management responsibility, but you will have responsibility for organising, managing and leading practical conservation volunteer days including those involving community groups. Working with the Duty Officer to recruit, you will manage a team of volunteers ensuring they are well organised and trained to work effectively and safely to achieve planned conservation tasks. You will motivate and encourage volunteers, helping to establish a lasting team for the charity.

Meeting visitors and local community: You will be a welcoming member of the team and engage visitors at the reserve, ensuring they are well informed about the site and the Trust. You will also build links with communities, promoting the connection between nature and wellbeing through volunteering, events and engagement.

Safety at work: You will ensure that you comply with procedures to manage risk to the public, staff and volunteers. You will carry out risk assessments when necessary to ensure that all works by volunteers, staff and contractors conform to Health & Safety Best Practice (i.e. as a minimum are in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974).

Teamwork: You will be an excellent team player, supporting a positive working environment for staff and a welcoming public environment for volunteers and visitors. You will be a supportive and proactive member of the team.

Planning: When working without supervision or on a delegated task you will have the ability to effectively prioritise, organise, plan and schedule activities and resources at a very high standard.

Presentation: You will ensure each task is completed to a high standard, maintaining a presentable site for visitors and you will carry out safety checking and litter collection.

Charity Development: Helping to identify new opportunities for grants and income generation, considering long term sustainability. You will help to engage with corporate groups to encourage support of the charity and this may involve conservation work days.

Responsibility: You will report to the Assistant Manager, assisting him with general site management tasks. You will have responsibility for delegated tasks and projects while collaborating with the Assistant Manager to ensure best practice across the site. You will ensure tasks are prioritised and completed in the correct manner. There will be times when cover is required for the Assistant Manager and you will be responsible for site management at these times.

Events: You will deliver or take an active role in occasional small events including guided walks for the public as well as for training volunteers, keeping organisation of recorded events within budget.

At all times you are required to liaise with our staff and volunteers, particularly the Assistant Manager and Duty Officer to ensure your work fits with that being undertaken by others.


  • A qualification in a biological/environmental subject is highly desirable, especially if degree level.
  • A good knowledge of nature conservation management, natural history and field identification skills and recording techniques.
  • Physical fitness and an enthusiasm for outdoor work through the seasons.
  • High self-motivation
  • A strong commitment to nature conservation
  • An excellent team player willing to learn and adapt
  • Ability to self-manage on set tasks, maintaining high standards
  • An understanding of community working and awareness raising activities
  • Ability to assist with project development
  • Ability to store, maintain and ensure correct use of tools and equipment
  • Experience of leading and managing volunteers
  • IT literacy
  • Applicants must demonstrate a mature, professional approach and effective communication skills to interact with colleagues, the public and volunteers, while promoting the importance of nature conservation.
  • Ability to create nature trails

The following would be an advantage:

  • Practical skills in machine and power tools with certification for chainsaw and brush cutter.
  • At least one year’s practical experience in relevant land, conservation and access management including skills in hedge cutting, coppicing and general chainsaw use.
  • Full clean driving licence


This post is advertised as a part-time seasonal job ending 30 September 2019 or 18 weeks after start date.

Appointment is subject to DBS check and one month probationary period.

Overtime is not usually paid, but time may be taken off in lieu. This is subject to circumstances and after agreement with the Trustees. Some flexibility with working hours is required to allow for activities such as short guided walks or volunteer work parties on occasional evenings or weekends. The holiday allowance is 28 days a year pro rata, including Bank Holidays.

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