Volunteer Park Ranger

St Nicks


Volunteer • Part Time

stnicks.org.uk [email protected] 01904 411821 Maria Gill

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 23rd April 2021   2 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 highly motivated people for a 6 month term to assist with the rich and varied day-to-day tasks involved in monitoring and managing a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and other local green spaces such as Heworth Holme, a beautiful remnant of wetland meadow and Millennium Fields, a popular grassland and developing woodland area that we are managing to improve its wildlife value.

St Nicks is often referred to as ‘the green heart of York’. Once a landfill site, St Nicks has been transformed into a stunning 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 1000 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, and other amazing local green spaces, through a wide variety of tasks such as improving plant diversity through planting and seed sowing, invasive species control, scything for grassland management, tree planting/ transplanting, habitat creation; leading and supporting volunteer groups; surveying and monitoring species and habitats; improving site access and maintaining signage; engaging with visitors; and helping out at events.

With various habitats to manage across different sites, 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 be the opportunity to take on and lead projects such as improving and monitoring riparian habitats along York becks, 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 various natural habitats we are currently working on. Through the role, and working across different sites, our rangers will have the opportunity to take a landscape scale approach to habitat management; helping us to develop York’s green corridors and create bigger, better and more joined up habitats.

You will be supported in the role by our Volunteer Coordinator and Natural Habitats Manager who between them have 16 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 working with our ecological monitoring team to survey and monitor the various species and habitats across the site and other green spaces. Projects will include riparian habitat surveying, working with our Wildwatch team to complete bird surveys and other wildlife data collection, ensuring useful data is being collected and logged regularly and using this to further develop our GIS mapping system. There will be opportunities to access additional training as we are always looking to further develop the skills and knowledge within the Natural Habitats Team, particularly in species and habitat monitoring. 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, and being committed to the role for the 6 month period.

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 across a variety of habitats 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 natural habitats in a way that many others do not.

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 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, plus occasional Sundays.

  • Successful applicants will be invited to an interview at St Nicks Environment Centre, this will include a tour of the site followed by interview questions
  • Role to be commenced as soon as possible
  • Applications to be submitted to: [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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