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Reference number: A1500819

Location: Wat Tyler Country Park, Essex

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work at one of the South East's most diverse nature reserves helping to conserve scarce and threatened wildlife like water voles, avocets, bearded tits, corn buntings and rare bees.

We are seeking a dynamic, resourceful and motivated warden to join a reserves team managing an ever evolving 750 hectares of nature reserves on the north side of the Thames estuary. These six diverse nature reserves comprise of lowland wet grassland, reedbed, fresh and saline lagoons, saltmarsh, mudflats, arable land, scrub, plus rare and nationally important brownfield habitat.

You will join our small, but hard working team managing and developing our reserves. Your role will be incredibly varied and you'll carry out a range of tasks including: delivering habitat management, species surveying and habitat monitoring, supervising contractors, engaging with stakeholders, maintenance tasks, assisting with the running of events and managing our fabulous volunteers and assistant wardens. This will also include use of the reserves tractor and other machinery.

We are seeking an individual that already has experience of practical habitat management, working with and inspiring volunteers, some line management experience, surveying birds and other taxa and working with machinery, as well as good reserves infrastructure and estate maintenance skills,

The applicant should also have good knowledge of natural history; especially that of lowland wet grassland species and habitats. They should also be a strong team player with excellent organisational, communication, practical and inter-personal skills. We are looking for someone who is keen to build on their previous experiences and eager to meet new challenges.

This is a very exciting time to join the South Essex team and would offer the right candidate plenty of opportunity for personal development and an amazing opportunity to work on a highly dynamic and individual group of reserves.

Salary starting at

£22,073 to £23,912 per annum

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Closing date: 5 January 2020
Interview date: 27 January 2020

How to apply

Our role profile describes the key result areas and skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A1500819 on your application.

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This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Isobel Donovan

Send application details to
Samantha Syer