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Assistant Warden - RSPB Eastern Solent Reserves (Fixed-Term)

Reference: MAY20242310
Expiry date: 2024-06-23 22:59:00.000
Location: Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve
Salary: £26,379.00 - £28,319.00 Pro Rata
Benefits: Pension Scheme, Life Assurance Scheme, 26 days' Annual Leave (pro rata)
Duration:6 months
Attachments: CandidateGuidanceNotes2023.pdf

The RSPB’s Eastern Solent Reserves are a network of coastal reserves covering almost 1800 hectares along the shores of West Sussex and Hampshire. Situated on the Manhood Peninsula, Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve is a natural harbour comprising of saltmarsh and mudflat, surrounded by wet grassland and reedbeds. As well as being a notable stop-over for migratory birds, it is an internationally recognised site for breeding shorebirds, including threatened Little terns and a growing Sandwich tern colony. A stone's throw away lies Medmerry, a ground-breaking and vast managed coastal realignment comprising of developing saltmarsh and grasslands, surrounded by a mosaic of nature friendly farming. The Langstone Harbour reserve is an archipelago of shingle, saltmarsh and mudflats set between Portsmouth and Hayling Island, home to one of the largest mixed seabird colonies on the south coast of England. In winter, the reserves become a haven for Brent geese and a large assemblage of wildfowl.  

Based at the Pagham Harbour visitor centre, the warden team manage the reserves for wildlife, maintaining and improving habitats and playing an important role in local nature recovery. We are seeking an enthusiastic, competent and suitably qualified person to join the warden team, assisting with the annual work programme across the reserves in accordance with the management plans and maintaining visitor infrastructure on the sites to a very high standard in order to deliver a consistently excellent visitor experience.

What's the role about?

We are recruiting for an Assistant Warden to support the warden team with the annual work programme across the Eastern Solent Reserves, working on a range of habitats including coastal saltmarsh, lowland wet grassland and shingle.

Based out of the office at Pagham Harbour, you will help with habitat works, infrastructure maintenance and repairs and biological surveys. You will assist with leading the weekly work parties, working closely with our volunteers and interns and ensuring everyone works safely and in accordance with risk assessments. You will help to implement and update health and safety records, leading on trail inspections across the reserves. You will also support the team in a number of upcoming habitat creation and improvement projects, managing contractors on the ground and feeding into the design process. 

What we need from you:

 Essential skills include:

  • You will have knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management, preferably in a wetland or agricultural environment.
  • You will have a proven track record of working of completing work alone and working within a varied team.
  • Comfortable managing volunteers from a range of backgrounds.
  • Competent user of standard IT applications (eg Microsoft Office).
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Full manual driving licence.

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Lantra / NPTC or equivalent qualification in using equipment such as brushcutter, chainsaw, tractor & sit-in ATV.
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification.
  • Knowledge of servicing and maintaining vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment to agreed standards.
  • Experience of volunteer recruitment and line management.
  • Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.
  • Reasonable birdwatching knowledge and experience of biological surveys.
  • Experience using GPS mapping software.

Additional information:

  • This role will involve lone working and working in remote locations.
  • This role will require occasional weekend, early morning and evening work so will need someone who is able to be flexible.

This is a 6 month fixed-term role for 37.5 hours per week. Standard working hours are Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00. 

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position in the week commencing 8th July 2024. We are happy to offer interviews via Teams for any candidates unable to attend in person. For further information please contact

As part of this application process, you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence of how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.