Reserve Warden

We are looking for a hardworking and enthusiastic individual to join our team and assist with the development and running of Castle Espie nature reserve for nature and people.

Castle Espie provides a window on Wetlands, the work of the WWT and Strangford Lough, an area of international ecological importance. The area managed by the WWT at Castle Espie covers 400 hectares and consists of saline lagoons, limestone grassland, saltmarshes and reed beds, all of which take careful management and maintenance in order that they continue to provide a home for diverse wildlife including light bellied brent geese, kingfishers, bats and dragonflies.

In this role you will work outdoors in all weathers taking full responsibility for day to day operations of managing a nature reserve in a public facing environment and deputise for the Reserve Manager when required. You will undertake practical conservation work, ensuring excellent standards of presentation and through engaging with our supporters play a key role in connecting people to the work of the WWT. You will also assist with the supervision and training of our volunteers and ensure that all reserve and website information is monitored, accurate and up to date.

The successful candidate will be educated to higher grade / A-level standard or equivalent with previous nature conservation, land management or agricultural experience. Excellent communication skills and supervisory experience are also essential to the role.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites over a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.

In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Life assurance
  • Free parking and secure bike storage areas
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free entry to all our centres

Closing date:   5th December 2021

Interview date: 13th December 2021

WWT is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.

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Key Information


£18,745 per annum


Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust




Full Time


Mid Level


Communication, Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Education, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainability


Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

5th December 2021 at 11:45pm

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