Location: Otmoor, Oxford
Salary: £17,960.00 - £19,925.00 Per Annum
This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate and committed team of staff and volunteers, saving nature in one of the most wildlife-rich sites in central England.
We are looking for a practical person with land and estate management and machinery skills and a passion for nature and conservation and a desire to make a real impact for the wildlife that call Otmoor its home. Someone with drive, vision, commitment and a hunger for delivering on the ground conservation and maintaining the site to allow people to get the very best experiences of wildlife in this part of the country. This is an exciting role, undertaking habitat management and reserve maintenance at a popular and high performing site.
What’s the role about?
Otmoor has been an RSPB nature reserve for over 20 years and the site's wet grassland, reedbed, hedgerows and SSSI hay meadows holds important populations of wildlife. In the spring and summer there are over 200 pairs of breeding waders and nationally important populations of black and brown hairstreak butterflies, while in the winter, the sky is filled with 5000+ lapwing and golden plover, and thousands of wildfowl, to name a few.
The successful applicant will be competent in a variety of machinery, including chainsaws, brushcutters, ATVs, pesticide sprayers and tractors, and hand tools and their methods of use. You will be able to fix a breakage, perform routine checks and maintenance and be familiar with their safe use and health and safety aspects.
Estate management skills are key to this role which include fencing, electric fencing, path maintenance and mowing and visitor infrastructure upkeep and improvements ensuring the site is safe, compliant and well presented.
Habitat management is arguably our most important activity and the Estate Worker will be key to delivering our targets. Tractor work on the wet grassland, reed cutting, water level management and hedgerow coppicing form the backbone of what we do for nature.
We are looking for someone creative, inspiring, focused on getting things done, motivated and energetic. You’ll have the ambition to move forward in conservation and deliver for nature. The successful candidate will join a team consisting of Site Manager, Warden, Assistant Warden and Administrator, all of who are committed and passionate about conservation and delivering for nature.
Closing date: 23:59, 20 June 2021
Closing Date: 20/06/2021 Location: Otmoor, Oxford