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NNR Reserve Warden

Posted: 20 Nov 2019 Closes: 10 Dec 2019
East Midlands, Eastern £17,863
Permanent & Full-time defra/20191120175203

This position can be based at Collyweston NNR Stamford, Woodwalton Fen NNR

Theses posts are for two permanent roles, joining established NNR colleagues within the West Anglia Area Team of Natural England. These Reserve Warden roles will be responsible for leading practical management work on a series of National Nature Reserves primarily around the Peterborough area (Barnack Hills and Holes; Castor Hanglands; Collyweston Great Wood and Easton Hornstocks; Holme Fen; Monks Wood; and Woodwalton Fen).

You will support colleagues to deliver the agreed aims of our NNR Management Plans, carrying out tasks either directly or through leading volunteers and contractors. You will work under the day to day supervision of Reserve Managers, with active support and steer from other senior members of the team. The post will require use of a variety of machinery and vehicles, and involves working in all weathers and on difficult terrain.

Tasks associated with this role will include:

• Under the direction of senior colleagues, undertake practical land management to ensure favourable condition of our NNR sites;
• Maintain a safe and legal working environment for staff and visitors, including the maintenance of site machinery and equipment;
• Maintenance of reserve infrastructure to include, board walks, bridges, fences, trackways and visitor management/interpretation signs;
• Collection of biological survey and monitoring information for notable species and habitats, and the recording of other environmental data on the NNRs;
• Provision of information to visitors, colleagues and external partners about the NNRs, our activities and the natural history of the sites. Assist with and/or lead walks and events on the sites;
• In agreement with senior colleagues, contribute to and/or lead on collaborative projects, both within the wider Area Team and with external partners


Competence 1
Professional competency

Creating Resilient Landscapes (Practitioner)


• Recognise, identify and interpret environmental features on NNRs.
• Understand and apply appropriate management techniques to maintain or enhance the condition of sites.
• Identify how a site interacts with the surrounding landscape, habitats and local communities.

Competence 2
Professional competency

Work Delivery (Basic)


• Identify, understand and follow the policies, procedures and standards relevant to your work.
• Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines.
• Able to work with others in a collaborative and positive manner.

Competence 3
Professional competency

Personal Effectiveness and Communication (Practitioner)


• Suggest ideas and innovations to continuously improve the way your team and Natural England operates.
• Listen well and take time to understand the other person’s point of view.
• Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.

Competence 4
Professional competency

Working Safely (Practitioner)


• Understand the duty of care owed to all visitors, contractors or others on our NNR’s, and adhere to appropriate legislation and Natural England policies and procedures.
• Apply risk assessment and safe working practices to everything you do.

Competence 5
Professional competency

Putting people at the heart of the environment (Basic)


• Understand the importance of people accessing and engaging with the natural environment, and how to balance their needs with nature conservation objectives

Competence 6
Professional competency

Technical/specialist knowledge/qualifications (Practitioner)


Evidence required of attaining qualification, or able to demonstrate actively working towards the standard required:


• Outdoor First Aid or First Aid at Work
• Tractor Driving and use of attachments
• Chainsaw CS 30, 31
• Ability to drive Land Rover and ATVs off road, including the use of trailers
• Pesticide PA1a, PA6AW


• Use of Brush cutter
• Use of Chippers
• Experience of working on nature reserves, countryside parks or for a forestry or landscape management company
• Familiarity with SSSI legislation and how it relates to operating on a National Nature Reserve
• Knowledge or awareness of the natural interest of these sites;
• Interest in and awareness of conservation of wetlands, reed beds and peat bogs, woodlands and grasslands;

Contact and additional information


Justin Tilley – Team Leader (Vacancy Manager) 07500 089577 or

Chris Evans – Senior Reserve Manager 07979 873504


Please refer to Job Description



• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


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Selection process details

Please refer to Job Description

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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