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Assistant Warden - Dearne Valley - Old Moor

Assistant Warden - Dearne Valley - Old Moor
Reference: MAY20227204
Location: Dearne Valley - Old Moor
Salary: £23,933.00 - £26,557.00 pa pro rata
Hours: 37.5 hours pwk
Contract: Fixed-Term 6 mth position
Benefits: Pension, Annual Leave, Life Assurance

RSPB Dearne Valley is a series of eight wetland reserves that run along the river Dearne, creating a corridor for wildlife in the area. Featuring a range of habitats including wet grassland, reedbed, fen and wildflower meadows, the sites support a huge assemblage of wildlife in an urban setting. The warden team manage these habitats using a range of techniques from grazing with our own small herd of Konik ponies to taking out large work parties of volunteers.

We are now at a crucial point in the delivery of a four year NLHF project that's aims to deliver for both people and wildlife, as well as having just received SSSI status for much of the reserve network. You will be supporting the existing warden team at a busy time to deliver important conservation work in order to support the key species in the valley, including Bittern, Lapwing, Snipe and Marsh Harrier.

What's the role about?

You will work with a large and varied volunteer team as well as our Konik ponies and cattle. You will help with all aspects that ensure reserve compliance obligations and conservation needs are met. Our warden team cover 7 days a week, so this role will require weekend work on a rotational basis. This role will provide plenty of opportunity for someone to develop and gain further experience in land management and practical conservation.

Essential skills include:

  • 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 birdwatching knowledge and experience of biological surveys
  • Be willing to assist with predator control to benefit ground nesting birds
  • Able to use RSPB vehicles to travel between sites
  • Practically minded and able to prioritise and deliver an agreed work plan

Closing date: 23:59, Friday, 22nd July 2022

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from the week commencing 8th August 2022.

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Closing Date: 22/07/2022  Location: Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0YF

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