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Assistant Warden - RSPB Eastern Solent Reserves

Reference: MAY20242310
Location: Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve + Area
Salary: £26,379.00 - £28,319.00 Pro Rata
Contract: 6 months
Hours: Full-Time, 37.5 hours per week

We are seeking an enthusiastic, competent and suitably qualified person to join the warden team, assisting with the annual work programme across the reserves in accordance with the management plans and maintaining visitor infrastructure on the sites to a very high standard in order to deliver a consistently excellent visitor experience.

We are recruiting for an Assistant Warden to support the warden team with the annual work programme across the Eastern Solent Reserves, working on a range of habitats including coastal saltmarsh, lowland wet grassland and shingle.

Based out of the office at Pagham Harbour, you will help with habitat works, infrastructure maintenance and repairs and biological surveys. You will assist with leading the weekly work parties, working closely with our volunteers and interns and ensuring everyone works safely and in accordance with risk assessments. You will help to implement and update health and safety records, leading on trail inspections across the reserves. You will also support the team in a number of upcoming habitat creation and improvement projects, managing contractors on the ground and feeding into the design process.


  • You will have knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management, preferably in a wetland or agricultural environment.
  • You will have a proven track record of working of completing work alone and working within a varied team.
  • Comfortable managing volunteers from a range of backgrounds.
  • Competent user of standard IT applications e.g. Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Full manual driving licence.


  • Lantra / NPTC or equivalent qualification in using equipment such as brushcutter, chainsaw, tractor & sit-in ATV.
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification.
  • Knowledge of servicing and maintaining vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment to agreed standards.
  • Experience of volunteer recruitment and line management.
  • Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.
  • Reasonable birdwatching knowledge and experience of biological surveys.
  • Experience using GPS mapping software.

Additional information:

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

Closing: Sunday 23rd June

To complete your application online, please CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 23/06/2024  Location: Eastern Solent, Hampshire & West Sussex Coast

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