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Assistant Warden - Orkney Reserves

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Stromness team working on various beautiful nature reserves across Orkney. From upland moors to lowland wetlands, and meadows to seabird cliffs and islands, our eight RSPB Orkney mainland reserves support a wide range of habitats and species. We are looking for an energetic, skilled Assistant Warden to join the Orkney team and take our conservation goals to new heights. 

Assistant Warden, Orkney Reserves
Reference: MAR20236720
Location: RSPB Scotland – Orkney
Salary: £25,723.00 - £27,614.00 Per Annum
Hours: Full Time, 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent

As an Assistant Warden, you will be working closely with the Warden, and the Estate Worker and our regular volunteers. There will be support from our Site Manager and Senior Site Manager.

Your main tasks will be to assist in delivering the management plan objectives for the various reserves on Orkney Mainland, to help with a range of wildlife surveys, while adhering to the many Health and Safety requirements associated with this role.

The Assistant Warden will supervise contractors, use and maintenance of machinery such as Brushcutters, Chainsaws and Tractors, work planning and record-keeping, surveying of many key species across our reserves and assisting in the recording and reporting of this. You will work closely with many volunteers and your support for them will be crucial.

What’s the role about?

The role will be focused on helping us to improve the habitats across our reserves and keeping our reserve structures well maintained. Work on the ground will include topping of vegetation, repairing and building fences, keeping our hides, signs and paths in good condition, driving tractors and quad bikes, cutting paths with brushcutters, herbicide spraying or weed-wiping invasive plants, and cutting back scrub. We have also recently purchased a tracked tractor to help cut our wetter fields, so you will be involved in working on that in the Autumn.

Line-managed by the Orkney Mainland Warden, you will be based in our Stromness Office and be working within our reserves team. The applicant should enjoy working independently and with others as part of a team. The role will involve working in a wide range of habitats, including some tough terrain and frequently challenging weather conditions.

Closing date: 23:59, Sunday, 9th April 2023
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position in Orkney, week beginning 17th April 2023.

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Closing Date: 09/04/2023  Location: Orkney

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