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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Trainee Assistant Reserves Officer (Solent)

Full Time – 35 hours per week
Fixed-term 6-month contract

Salary: £18,018.00 pro rata

Base Location: Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Curdridge, Southampton, SO32 2DP

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is a grassroots movement working for nature’s recovery and to bring people closer to nature.

We are seeking a Trainee Assistant Reserves Officer (Solent) to join our cause.

This fixed-term role involves:

  • Undertaking practical habitat and estate work to assist the Reserves Officer (Solent) in delivering the Trust’s annual reserves work programme across Solent sites.​ This includes fencing, tree works, grassland management, scrub works and working with volunteer parties.
  • Assisting in livestock management including handling/movements and welfare checks.
  • Raising awareness of the Trust and conservation by assisting with guided walks and talks and attending Trust events.​
  • Engaging members of the public using sites to promote the importance of habitats and species, their need for management, responsible use and how to behave around livestock.​

The full Job Description is available in our recruitment pack on our website but in summary, the following is required:


  • Practical skills including estate maintenance and conservation works
  • Working with groups of volunteers
  • Managing habitats for wildlife


  • Knowledgeable of principles and issues affecting habitat management and species conservation
  • Knowledgeable with regards to wildlife legislation, in particular protected species and habitats​
  • Able to identify common species of UK flora and fauna


  • Qualified or working towards an academic or vocational qualification in relevant area (e.g. Conservation Management, Ecology, Environmental Science.)​
  • Competence in basic word processing and spreadsheets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Personal Qualities

  • Interested in wildlife conservation
  • Confident in working in and around machinery, water, and livestock
  • Approachable and a friendly manner

As an inclusive employer we recognise that our workforce needs to better reflect the communities in which we live and work. We encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a Movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

Closing date: 10 August 2022

Interview date: 17 August 2022

To apply for the role, please visit our website: Trainee Assistant Reserves Officer (Solent) | Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (

Closing Date: 10/08/2022  Location: Beechcroft House, Vicarage Lane, Curdridge, Southampton

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