VOLUNTARY Reserve Officer

Application Deadline: 
19 Apr 2019

Volunteer Role:  Volunteer Reserves Officer (VRO) (Northamptonshire)

Role purpose

  • 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.

Specific tasks: 

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.