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Assistant Warden

Assistant Warden
Reference: AUG20219975
Location: Winterbourne
Salary: £22,986.00 - £25,500.00

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to lead on the machinery, reserve infrastructure, and arable operations as part of the RSPB Winterbourne Downs reserves team and take this knowledge and experience to work with surrounding landowners and deliver wider consultancy estate projects.

Key activities

  • Working closely with the warden & site manager to deliver scheduled management plan activities at Winterbourne Downs.
  • Overseeing the tractor, agricultural machinery and vehicle checks and servicing.
  • Team lead on keeping machinery & building Risk Assessments up to date. Maintain chemical store records and COSHH assessments.
  • Management of reserve stone-curlew plots via spraying, cultivating and topping as required.
  • Liaising with the grazier over livestock management, communicating grazing plan requirements, keeping weekly log of livestock movements and electric fencing fallow plots and wild bird seed plots as required.
  • Annual review of fencing infrastructure and updating a 3 year maintenance and replacement plan.
  • Monitoring, nest protection and management advice for stone-curlews on farmland in the Wiltshire Chalk Country.
  • Assist the Wiltshire team in providing advocacy support to local farmer-led groups.
  • In the wider region mainly in autumn and winter work on Ecological Land Management consultancy projects, such as forestry, bracken spraying, tree and scrub management.

What we need from you

  • GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent.
  • Practical land management experience and delivering estate and building management works.
  • Experience of operating and maintaining machinery, equipment and infrastructure. Particularly relevant are use of 4X4 vehicles, tractor and cultivation implements, hedge-cutter, tractor mounted or drawn sprayer, brush-cutters and chainsaw.
  • Qualification such as Lantra or equivalent qualifications in ATV, chainsaw, tractor operation, brushcutter, pesticides (PA1, PA2 & PA6).
  • Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • The ability to work as part of a small busy reserves team, and be able to work unsupervised on other projects for extended periods.
  • The ability to work flexibly and unsocial hours
  • Have the capacity and circumstance to work away from home on occasion.
  • A good knowledge of farmland birds.
  • A valid driver's license fit for use in the UK.


  • Livestock management
  • Trailer licence
  • Experience of implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.
  • An abilty to communicate verbally with the farming community.
  • Previous experience of bird survey/ monitoring/ species protection work.

Closing: 15 October 2021

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Closing Date: 15/10/2021  Location: Salisbury

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