This is a voluntary role

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Kent Wildlife Trust

High Downs Project Volunteer Trainee Warden

Fixed Term of 11 months

Closing Date: Midday on Monday 30th November 2020

Interview Date: Monday 14th December 2020

Salary: This is an unpaid voluntary position. Reasonable travel and other authorised expenses may be claimed.

Based at: KWT Reserve Park Gate Down, nr Canterbury

Globally and nationally wildlife is in steep decline. We appear to be reaching critical tipping points around the loss of biodiversity as well as around climate change, both being interlinked. Human society cannot prosper without wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

Kent’s wildlife needs to be restored to much higher levels. We can no longer allow common things to become rare. We can only do this by restoring large-scale habitat from degraded land. Doing this will contribute to solving global problems. But we won’t be able to do this unless we publicly aspire to a higher level of impact and show that we can deliver this.

The Job: The High Downs Volunteer Trainee Warden will be responsible for assisting in the day-to-day management of the core sites of important conservation interest within the High Downs Project Area belonging to the Kent Wildlife Trust: Park Gate Down, Yockletts Bank, Spong Wood and Quilters Wood.

The post-holder will also assist with and promote conservation work on partnership sites belonging to Forestry Commission, Stelling Minnis Charitable Trust and other landowners as opportunities arise.

Supervised by the High Downs Project Officer and the Ashford and Dover Area Warden, there may be times where some work is carried out without direct supervision.

The High Downs Trainee Warden will help with managing conservation volunteers, ensuring the highest health and safety standards at all times.

You: You will demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for practical wildlife conservation work. A relevant environmental qualification is desirable, but NOT essential. The post comes with an extensive package of training opportunities and represents an ideal apprenticeship for those seeking a career in nature conservation.

Contact details:

For an application pack, visit our website

For an informal discussion please contact the High Downs Project Officer, Mark Tuson on 07500 057920 / or Ian Rickards on 07889 737839 /

The Kent Wildlife Trust Group is Wild About Inclusion. To us, this means inspiring, empowering and engaging people from all backgrounds, cultures, identities and abilities, to change the natural world for the better.

It also means cultivating inclusive workspaces that are free from discrimination, where differences are celebrated, everyone can be themselves and flourish, just like nature!

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