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Assistant Reserve Officer

The Job: ​This is an exciting opportunity to work at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, one of the UK’s best nature reserves. Based at our purpose-built Volunteer Training Centre you will be involved in the practical habitat management on the reserve. Suitable for someone who is looking for a hands on practical role, you will be working with volunteers and staff undertaking all elements of work on the reserve. This will include recording and monitoring wildlife as well as interacting with the public on walks, talks and general wardening. The role will also have a key part to play in Birdfair which is held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve every August.

Reserves: ​Rutland Water Nature Reserve (RWNR) is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 20,000 waterfowl. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a European Special Protection Area and internationally recognised as a globally important wetland site (Ramsar).

RWNR occupies an area of land and shallow water running for 9 miles around the western end of Rutland Water was created in the 1970s with the construction of the reservoir. The overall size of the reserve has been expanded to approximately 1,000 acres with the completion of the major Rutland Water Habitats Project in February 2011. This involved the constructions of nine extensive new lagoons comprising shallow water, snaking islands and wet marginal habitats to provide optimum conditions for wildlife and ensure it is undisturbed by future water management of the reservoir.

Candidates: ​Will have a passion for wildlife, enjoy working in a team and with volunteers. Be friendly, approachable and enthusiastic. Applicants must have a full driving license and chainsaw certificate.

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is a membership organisation, More than 16,000 members currently support the Trust’s work. The Trust manages 35 nature reserves covering 1,234 hectares (3,048 acres) of valuable wildlife habitats across Leicestershire and Rutland. From woodland to meadows, wetland to heaths, our nature reserves comprise some of the most important wildlife and geological sites in the counties.

Salary: £17,631 pa

​Deadline for Applications: Friday 2nd of November 2018 at midday.

Interviews will be held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve on Monday the 19th of November 2018.



A great way to support your local Wildlife Trust whilst supplementing your income!

We are looking for friendly, independent and self-motivated people of all ages to work with us and encourage members of the public to join the Wildlife Trust.

Our Charity Fundraisers work independently at venues (pre-booked by our in-house team) such as local shops, garden centres and county shows/events.

If you have an outgoing personality and an interest in nature and your local environment then we would love to hear from you. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your experience to a position where you can contribute directly to cause that you are passionate about.

  • Hours: 18 - 30 hours per week including weekend working.

  • Salary: Competitive salary offered, up to £13 p/hr being earned on average after commission. Our targets can easily be hit and top performers are making well in excess of £20 per hour.

  • Benefits: Full training provided, performance based commission, travel contributions, holiday entitlement, pension scheme and referral bonuses.

Successful applicant requirements:

  • We are looking for outgoing people with a passion or interest in wildlife and nature who are able to talk to anyone and everyone in a positive and friendly manner.

  • If you are looking for a rewarding non-office based role in order to supplement your income/pension this could be the perfect role for you.

  • If you have experience of fundraising, sales or customer facing roles this would be desirable, although it is not essential as we provide full training. We employ fundraisers with very different backgrounds, work experiences and ages.

  • Your own car and valid driving license is essential.

Please contact us for more information;

[email protected]

Tel: 0333 3207 273


End date 31st October 2018.

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