Assistant Warden - North Kent Marshes


Hoo Peninsula, North Kent Marshes
£21,718 - £24,924 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: FEB20210701

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 14th March 2021  

Assistant Warden - Northward Hill (North Kent Marshes)
Reference: FEB20210701
Location: Northward Hill
Salary: £21,718.00 - £24,924.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance
Duration: 11 Months

The North Kent Marshes team are looking for an enthusiastic, resilient and resourceful person to help deliver its conservation objectives across the 4 reserves on the Hoo Peninsula; Northward Hill, Cliffe Pools, Higham Marshes and Shorne Marshes. The North Kent reserves consist of a variety of habitats; grazing marsh, saline and brackish lagoons, woodland, scrub and reedbeds. These habitats hold a variety of breeding birds such as Lapwing, Redshank, Nightingale, Marsh harrier and large colonies of breeding Herons and Egrets.

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 and monitoring and this post will, undoubtedly, enhance and develop your skills and knowledge to progress your career.

Key areas of work will include:

  • Habitat management as defined by the reserve’s management plan and agri-environment agreement.
  • Leading and inspiring the reserve’s volunteer team.
  • Monitoring of key species and habitats.
  • Maintaining high standards of health and safety to minimise risk to the RSPB and to ensure understanding and compliance of health and safety while undertaking duties.
  • Monitoring and maintaining reserve operations as compliant according to the various agreements and standards.
  • Maintenance of machinery to ensure they are operating safely and efficiently.
  • Maintenance of livestock and other infrastructure to ensure it is fit for purpose.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders from wider team members, neighbours, graziers, Reserve Ecologists etc.
  • General administration and report writing associated with all of the above to ensure admin and reports are up to date and systematically organised.

What we need from you:

  • Energy, adaptability and the desire to achieve.
  • Experience of estate management.
  • Well organised approach to work including developing and effective prioritisation of workplans and workloads.
  • The ability to work unsupervised, within a team or leading a team.
  • Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.
  • Experience in the safe operation and maintenance of machinery, tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of lowland wet grassland habitat management for breeding and wintering waders and wildfowl.
  • Knowledge of woodland management.
  • Experience and knowledge of surveys and monitoring of key species, especially breeding waders.
  • Experience of working with contractors/graziers is desirable.
  • Experience of biological monitoring is desirable.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of agri-environment and cross-compliance regulations is desirable.
  • Knowledge of livestock management is desirable.

Closing date: 23:59, 14 March 2021

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