Natural England Cumbria Area Team manages its suite of National Nature Reserves as two distinct teams of staff, due to distances between sites. The North Cumbria NNR team are looking for a Reserve Warden. The North Cumbria NNR’s are a suite of sites including South Solway Mosses, Bolton Fell Moss, Finglandrigg and Cliburn Moss, ranging between the Scottish Borders, Solway, Penrith and the West Coast.
The successful candidate will work alongside the Senior Reserve Manager and Reserve Managers in North Cumbria. The sites are managed from three bases shared with partners (Kirkbride, RSPB Campfield and CWT Carlisle). Natural England’s office base in North Cumbria is in Penrith. Applicants should be aware that a significant amount of time will be spent in the Carlisle and Solway areas with the need to travel to other areas within Cumbria as work demands. There will be daily travel around our NNR suite. We have a fleet of NNR vehicles to support this. A full driving licence is therefore essential for this post.
NNRs are exemplars of conservation management and are important for the understanding of the management for the ecological requirements of the habitats and species for which they are designated. The successful candidate will help to ensure the NNRs are managed to maximise their contribution to biodiversity and to the wider landscape. They will also participate in the volunteer programme and public engagement events.
We are seeking a practical professional who can instil a safe approach to his or her own work and the work of our volunteers. They will be self-motivated, but also participate fully as a member of a team. The successful candidate will add value to the local management of the suite of NNRs by delivering land management tasks in tune to the ecological needs of the sites. This requires both practical skills and an understanding of habitat and species requirements.
Engagement with colleagues, partners, volunteers and the public in a constructive, helpful and informed manner will be required.
The ability to prioritise busy workloads and adapt to changing circumstances is very important. You may be required to work across other sites besides the NNR suite you have been assigned to.
Main duties and responsibilitiesUndertaking practical habitat management tasks on nature reserves, including maintaining and installing fencing and gates, managing access trails and signs, habitat management such as scrub clearanceCarrying out practical surveying and monitoring of habitats, species and physical site dataLeading volunteers to complete practical management tasksAssisting with public events and engagement activity when necessaryAdhere to all Health and Safety rules and regulationsWork with the NNR team to support effective risk management. This includes equipment checks and full involvement in the risk assessment processMaintain records of activities, training and learningUndertake other duties, as reasonably requested
Please be aware that a full driving licence is a requirement for this role.
We’ll assess you against the competencies below during the selection process.
When completing the application form you should present relevant examples using the STAR format. STAR stands for:SituationTaskActionResult
Examples should be given in no more than 250 words for each competency. Please ensure you read the Candidate Information Pack before you begin completing the application form.
The level of skills and knowledge required is stated in brackets next to the competency. The definitions of the levels are:
Aware- You understand the basic concepts but are not expected to put these into practice. You have a broad understanding of its importance
Basic- You can do this when it is straightforward. You can spot things that are not right and know your limits.