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Nature Reserve Apprentice   


This is a unique opportunity to be based at our Tophill Low Nature Reserve, Watton Carrs, Hutton Cranswick nr Driffield.  The nature reserve opened in 1993, is adjacent to the Water Treatment Works and has 12 hides, including reception hide and photography hide spread across the 120ha site. The reserve is open 7 days a week every day of the year.


The reserve is known for its birds but is also valuable for its flowers, insects, reptiles and mammals and has a growing reputation as a site for wildlife photography. The two reservoirs have SSSI status for their massive wildfowl numbers. Around the perimeter a network of marshes, ponds, woodlands and grasslands result in an annual 160+ bird species, with over 60 readily visible even in mid-winter. The reserve also benefits from the adjacent River Hull.


There are over 20,000 visits per annum which is growing and the recent addition of the ‘Holt’, our indoor multifunctional space has given the opportunity for education visits, lectures, exhibitions and events.


The nature reserve partners with many organisations which include Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Hull University, local landowners and education providers.


For more information visit: - http://tophilllow.blogspot.com/  


The Role:


You will work alongside the Tophill Low Nature Reserve Warden who has responsibility for the day to day management of the reserve and its development. The warden is supported by over 42 volunteers that undertake a range of roles from practical site management, recording, and supporting visitors to enjoy the sites flora and fauna.


You will be involved with project management and visitor support under the guidance of the experienced Reserve Warden, getting involved with:


  • Habitat management including grasslands, woodlands and water bodies
  • Building management and safety, including the hides, reception hide, Holt, photo hide, office and toilets
  • Recording of flora and fauna and report writing.
  • Surveying of, and specification of maintenance and works.
  • Creation of new habitats, visitor experiences, interpretation, cameras and displays.
  • Promotion of the reserve through various media and events
  • Management of assets and associated contracts through the identification of works and specification to buildings, car parks, tracks, walls, fences, bridges
  • Management of volunteers and volunteer tasks
  • Financial management
  • Involvement and interaction with members of the public, stakeholders and partners to develop the service provided, so it can be the best it can be
  • Seeking opportunities to promote the company and develop media ‘stories’ to promote the work of Yorkshire Water and its partners
  • Maintaining a positive presence on social media; helping to administrate and monitor online content.
  • Scheduled program of works and respond to unexpected, unusual and unplanned situations


Entry Requirements:


You must have or be expecting at least 5 GCSE grade A-C/4-9 (including English, Maths and a Science Subject) to satisfy the requirements of our training provider.


How To Apply:


Please go to the ‘current Vacancies’ part of the Yorkshire Water website careers page and scroll down to Job Vacancy 2618 and you will see the Nature Reserve Apprentice advert.


Apply online here.



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