VOLUNTARY Reserve Officer
Volunteer Role: Volunteer Reserves Officer (VRO) (Northamptonshire)
- To contribute to the delivery of the assigned Reserves Team’s programme of practical conservation tasks carried out on Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves.
- To contribute to the preservation of the most valuable habitats in the county.
- To develop knowledge, skills and experience in nature conservation work, with a view to obtaining a future career in the conservation field.
The placement covers typical aspects of the seasonal work required to manage a wide range of habitats for wildlife, including woodland, wetland and grassland. VROs gain experience in the practical skills involved with the management of the Trust's nature reserves, including: hand-tool use; machinery use (eg. chainsaw, brushcutter), various habitat management techniques eg. coppicing; biological monitoring; fencing; working with livestock; access infrastructure maintenance; leading volunteer work parties; plus some involvement with the administrative elements that underpin reserve management.
Skills and qualifications required:
- Interest in pursuing a career in wildlife conservation
- Some experience using hand tools and power tools; willingness to use machinery
- Ability to work with a range of people from all age groups and backgrounds
- Willing to develop skills and standards of workmanship required in wildlife conservation
- Self-motivated, flexible and willing to work hard outdoors in all weather conditions
- Valid full UK driving licence
- Computer literate
- Some experience of similar physical, outdoor work
- Experience of leading group work
- Qualification in a related field
3-5 days per week for a period of 9-12 months
Please see the attached documents for further details.