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Assistant Warden

Assistant Warden
Reference: JUL20221793

Location: RSPB Arne Nature Reserve, Wareham

Salary: £23,939.00 - £26,558.00

What's the role about?

As an Assistant Warden, you will be working closely with the Warden, the other Assistant Warden, the Estates Operations Manager, Residential Volunteers and our day/regular volunteers with a wealth of knowledge. There will be support from our Senior Site Manager and visitor operations team.

Your main objectives will be to assist in delivering the reserve's management plan objectives for the various reserves, help lead a broad range of surveys, and also take part in the many Health and Safety requirements associated with this role.

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

What we need from you:


  • You will have knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management.
  • You will have a proven track record of completing work alone and working within a varied team.
  • Comfortable managing volunteers from a range of backgrounds
  • Reasonable knowledge and experience of biological surveys
  • Full driving licence
  • Developing and implementing work plans
  • Maintenance and use of machinery, tools and equipment
  • Habitat management
  • Experience of staff or volunteer recruitment and line management
  • Manage oneself and others to prioritise and work to an agreed plan
  • Practical land management experience and delivering estate management works


  • Lantra or equivalent qualification in using equipment including brushcutter, chainsaws and tractors.
  • Working with staff, volunteers and partner organisations
  • Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.
  • Communicate well with a wide range of audiences
  • Working unsupervised for extended periods
  • Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Problem solving and coming up with well thought through practical solutions

Additional information:

  • This role will involve occasional lone working and working in remote locations.
  • This role will require occasional weekend, early morning and evening working so will need someone who is able to be flexible.

Closing: Tuesday 9th August

To complete your application online, please CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 09/08/2022  Location: RSPB Arne Nature Reserve, Wareham

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