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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Assistant Reserves Officer (New Forest)

Full Time – 35 hours per week
Permanent Contract
Salary: £22,000 - £24,000 depending on experience

Location: Roydon and New Forest Reserves

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is a grassroots movement working for nature’s recovery and to bring people closer to nature.

Our future has to be wilder!

We are seeking an Assistant Reserves Officer (New Forest) to join our cause.

This permanent role involves:

  • Working with the Forestry Manager, to deliver the annual work program in compliance with Stewardship agreements.
  • Forestry operations using chainsaws, tractors and associated mounted equipment, forwarder trailers, winches and swipes.
  • Grassland management using tractors and mounted equipment.
  • Provide effective supervision support and training for the various volunteer groups.
  • Develop the existing weekly team.
  • Depending on skill set and experience the post holder could become part of the in-house training and development team

The full Job Description is available in our recruitment pack, but in summary, the following is required:


  • Practical land and management experience
  • Livestock handling
  • Competent in agricultural fencing
  • Off road driving experience 4x4, UTVs and tractors
  • Working with volunteers and the public


  • A genuine interest and knowledge of British wildlife and nature conservation
  • Some understanding of ecological surveying
  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues related to countryside management and the public


  • Certified and very confident in the use of Chainsaws
  • Certified and confident in the use of tractors, and associated equipment
  • Full driving licence
  • IT literate
  • Current first aid certificate
  • Ability to work alone or as a part of a team

Personal Qualities

  • Polite, reliable and good communicator
  • Positive, forward-thinking attitude
  • Physically fit
  • Self-managing, but capable of working as part of a team

As an inclusive employer we recognise that our workforce needs to better reflect the communities in which we live and work. We encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a Movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

Closing date: 04 October 2022

Interviews: TBC

To apply for the role, please visit our website

Closing Date: 04/10/2022  Location: Roydon and New Forest Reserves

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