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Logo: Kent Wildlife TrustJob Titles:              Swale Area Warden

Blean Area Warden


Closing Date:        Mid-day on 16th October 2018

Interview Date:      Friday 2nd November 2018

Salary Range:       Points 5-14/bar 16 currently £18,617 - £26,170/bar £27,844


Kent Wildlife Trust are recruiting two area Wardens who will be responsible for the day to day management of a range of important conservation sites, in the Blean and Swale areas.


These are extremely exciting opportunities for people with a proven commitment to conservation to make a real difference to the conservation of our wildlife heritage in Kent.


KWT owns, or manages, some 65 nature reserves covering over 8,100 acres. The Estates team composes 3-4 Reserves Managers and 19 wardens, and is led by the Head of Estates.  The team is heavily dependent upon volunteer trainees, regular volunteers and contractors.


The Jobs: 


The Area Wardens will be responsible for the day to day management of a range of important conservation sites. Duties will include planning and delivering practical habitat management works.  Leading and managing conservation volunteers, honorary wardens and supervising contractors and conservation grazing, ensuring the highest health and safety standards at all times.


The Swale Area Warden’s core responsibility is to manage and maintain the Trust’s internationally important North Kent Marshes nature reserves, including South Swale, Oare Marshes and Oare Meadow, near Faversham.   Along with several reserves on the North Kent Downs including Ospringe Down, Spuckles and Kennelling Woods; a mixture of ancient chalk grassland and woodlands.


The North Kent Marsh reserves, covering some 510 ha [1260 acres] comprises inter-tidal flats, salt marsh, fresh water grazing marsh and shingle beach.   The complex supports significant numbers of over-wintering, migratory and breeding waders and wildfowl.   Consequently the reserve is covered by a raft of protective designations including: SSSI, LNR, Ramsar and SPA.

The North Down chalk grassland and woodland reserves support a wide diversity flora and fauna with plants being particularly important.   These reserves are scheduled as Local Wildlife Sites – LWS.


The Blean Area Warden’s core responsibility is to manage and maintain the Trusts Blean Reserves. The Blean Woods is one of the largest ancient semi-natural woodlands in England surrounding the historic City of Canterbury.  It supports a wide range of habitats and many nationally rare and endangered species. It is also of great historical and archaeological importance containing an Iron Age Hill Fort and many old boundary banks and ditches. Consequently the Complex is protected by a raft of designations including Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Local Wildlife Site (LWS) and Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).


Kent Wildlife Trust is the largest landowner within the Blean and is responsible for the conservation and management of some 1061 ha (2620 acres).    The Trust’s Complex of sites includes; East Blean Wood, West Blean [including Thornden] Wood, South Blean Wood and Bigbury/Howfield Woods. The woodland is varied and includes coppice woodland, and some areas of conifer plantations that are being actively restored to native broadleaved woodland.


You:  will ideally have a minimum of three years’ experience in relevant practical conservation management and be able to demonstrate;


  • At least 3 years’ experience of practical wardening &/or conservation project management work
  • A good knowledge of nature conservation management, natural history and biological monitoring and surveying techniques  
  • Physical fitness and an aptitude for outdoor work
  • Strong self-motivation and commitment to nature conservation and ability to manage and work with people
  • An understanding of community working and awareness raising activities
  • Full clean driving licence


Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals.  We are all working to protect wildlife and to find better ways to run an efficient and effective organisation.


Contact details:


To download the application packs please visit our website: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk


Kent Wildlife Trust has a positive approach to equality and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community 

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