Volunteer Park Ranger

St Nicks


Volunteer • Part Time

stnicks.org.uk volunteer@stnicks.org.uk 01904 411821 Maria Gill

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 22nd February 2019   6 days left

Our Volunteer Park Ranger role is the perfect opportunity for keen and enthusiastic individuals to gain vital experience needed to start a career in nature conservation. St Nicks is looking for two motivated individuals for a 6 month term to assist with the rich and varied day-to-day tasks involved in managing a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and monitoring our incredible wildlife.

St Nicks is often referred to as ‘the green heart of York’. Once a landfill site, St Nicks has been transformed into a beautiful 24 acre nature reserve located just a mile outside of the city. Our mosaic of habitats includes grassland areas and meadows, maturing broadleaf woodland and scrub, riparian habitat and developing orchards, and boasts over 860 species.

From our eco-friendly base at St Nicks Environment Centre we also run projects and services that help residents of York move towards a sustainable future. These include a low-emissions kerbside recycling collection, running nature and sustainability themed events and our Ecotherapy programme.

About the role

With our support and ‘on the job’ training, you will help the St Nicks team to look after our unique and diverse nature reserve through a wide variety of tasks such as wildflower planting, scything, invasive species control, tree planting/ transplanting; leading and supporting volunteer groups; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access and maintaining signage; engaging with nature reserve users; and helping out at events.

With various habitats to manage over 24 acres and diverse groups of volunteers to lead and supervise, the Volunteer Park Ranger role presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for those looking to embark on a career within the sector. There will also be the opportunity to take on and lead LNR projects such as improving and monitoring riparian habitats, helping us to create educational resources for visitors and volunteers and developing methodologies for habitat or species surveys to help us better monitor our wildlife and the site.

You will be supported in the role by our Volunteer Coordinator and Natural Habitats Manager who between them have near 15 years’ experience managing and developing St Nicks LNR as well as a range of other wildlife habitats across York. You will receive practical training in all practical conservation tasks from our management team as well as how to set up monitoring schemes for surveying Riparian Mammals, Grassland Quality, and also conducting Phase 1 Habitat surveys. There will be opportunities to access additional training as we are always looking to further develop the skills and knowledge within the Nature Reserve Team, particularly in species and habitat monitoring. Training opportunities already confirmed for this year include Pollinator ID with Steven Falk, Grass ID with Ptyxis Ecology and River Monitoring training with the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. Formal first aid training will be arranged and provided for successful candidates and you will receive volunteer management and mental health awareness training to help better support our volunteers.

This role will suit anyone wishing to move into a career in conservation. Ideally, you will have some experience in practical conservation work and leading groups however this is not essential. What is most important is having a friendly and approachable nature with the ability to communicate well with a wide variety of people, being enthusiastic and having a willingness to try new things and get stuck into a task no matter the weather conditions.

Through on-going supervision throughout the role, we will ensure that you are getting the experience that you want and can help you with your personal development. Volunteering for such a unique site and working with our diverse base of volunteers will give you a good solid foundation for moving forward in such a competitive sector, with the ability to develop existing skills and learn new ones. It will give you a good experience of the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of a ranger. Volunteering at St Nicks will fill you with a great sense of satisfaction and achievement and give you the opportunity to connect with our wonderful nature reserve in a way that many others don’t.

Find out what previous Volunteer Park Rangers thought about their experience and how it has helped them with their career goals by visiting out Volunteer Park Ranger web page.

Length of commitment: 6 months 

Total Hours: 3 days per week including Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, plus occasional Saturdays.
Application deadline: Friday 22nd February, 12pm

If you think that this role would be suitable for you, please visit our vacancies page using the link below and download a role description and application form. Please send completed applications and any queries to Maria Gill at volunteer@stnicks.org.uk.

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