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Assistant Warden - Frampton Marsh & Freiston Shore (Fixed-Term)

Reference: JUN20245947
Expiry date: 2024-07-12 22:59:00.000
Location: Frampton Marsh
Salary: £26,379.00 - £28,319.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension Scheme, Life Assurance Scheme, 26 days' Annual Leave
Duration:6 months
Attachments: CandidateGuidanceNotes2023.pdf

We are recruiting for an Assistant Warden to support the warden team with the annual work programme at Frampton Marsh and Freiston shore, working on a range of habitats including coastal saltmarsh, lowland wet grassland, freshwater scrapes, reedbed, saline lagoon and a soon to be created regulated tidal exchange.

Based out of the office at Frampton Marsh, you will deliver infrastructure maintenance and repairs and biological surveys. You will assist with the management of two weekly work parties, working closely with and managing 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, and quality assurance inspections across both reserves. You will also support the visitor operations and café teams when required. 

Blessed with a variety of freshwater habitats, Frampton Marsh & Freiston Shore nature reserves near Boston, Lincolnshire provide close views of the abundant birdlife of The Wash, one of Europe's most special places for wildlife. Frampton Marsh has more breeding waders (ca. 500 pairs) than any other RSPB nature reserve in England, along with tens of thousands of wintering waterbirds. Freiston Shore has an exciting future ahead of it thanks to a £2.5M development grant which has just been secured. 

This is a fabulous opportunity to be part of an ambitious team helping to deliver highly functioning dynamic wetland management at Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore to provide homes for nationally significant populations of breeding and wintering waders and wildfowl.

You will be a crucial member of a team consisting of ca.100 volunteers and 19 paid staff, including a Defra funded project team for the 'Lincolnshire Wash Landscape Recovery Project', which is seeking to deliver even more habitat creation and management for you to assist with the management of.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • You will have excellent practical skills and experience of reserve maintenance.
  • You will have a proven track record of completing work alone and working within a varied team.
  • Experience of managing volunteers from a range of backgrounds and leading work parties.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A full manual driving licence which is valid for use in the UK.
  • Good bird identification skills and experience of biological surveys.

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Lantra / NPTC or equivalent qualification for use of brushcutter.
  • Knowledge of servicing and maintaining machinery, tools and equipment.
  • Experience of volunteer recruitment and line management.
  • Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.
  • Experience using GPS mapping software.
  • Excellent organisation and time keeping skills.
  • Competent user of standard IT applications (eg Microsoft Office, word, Excel).

This is a fixed-term role for 6 months, full-time for 37.5 hours per week. 

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 25 July 2024. For further information please contact 

As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including evidence on 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.