Volunteer Reserves Officer

Location: Based at Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 6PU
Responsible to: Reserves Officer (Eastern Reserves)
Time commitment: 3 days p/w

General Brief:
To assist the Reserves Team in implementing all practical reserves management on DWT nature reserves.

Enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation and working with people. Applicants must hold a full clean driving licence, have good communication and people skills and a willingness to learn.

Full training is provided (including access to external courses) and travel expenses. Applicants will gain practical experience in conservation skills co-ordinating and leading tasks. Qualifications provided include:

Essential training provided

Chainsaw CS30/31
Pesticides PA1&6
First Aid
Off Road (4×4)
Safe use of brushcutters and other machinery

In-house training opportunities:
Many other in-house training opportunities including priority on monthly training days and health and safety related courses. Including (where possible);

  • Lifting and handling
  • Team leadership
  • Hand tool use and maintenance
  • Tool store maintenance
  • Trailer handling and driving
  • Land Rover driving – road
  • Land Rover maintenance
  • Special management for BAP target species and habitats
  • Livestock handling
  • Management planning
  • GPS and GIS
  • Grassland Management
  • Woodland Management
  • Heathland management
  • Wetland Management
  • Access improvements
  • Boundary works
  • Hedgerow Management
  • Species and habitat survey and monitoring

If required:

  • Trailer towing qualification (required if test passed after 1997)
  • MIDAS (industry standard minibus course)

Possible options:
Residential and vocational courses

CV with covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for the post.
Closing date:
12 noon Wednesday 31st May. Successful candidates will be invited to interview Friday 9th June at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

Contact Details:

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