Post Title: Volunteer Reserves Officer (VRO)
Location: Based at Low Barns Nature Reserve
Responsible to: Reserves Officer (Western Reserves)
Time commitment: 3 days p/w (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) plus one Saturday p/m for a minimum of 8-12 months.
General Brief: To assist the Reserves Team in implementing all practical reserves management on DWT nature reserves.
Requirements: Enthusiastic person with good communication skills, dedicated to nature conservation and working with people. Applicants must hold a full clean driving licence*, have good communication and people skills and a willingness to learn.
Benefits: Full training is provided (including access to external courses) and travel expenses. Applicants will gain practical experience in conservation skills co-ordinating and leading tasks. Qualifications include:
MIDAS (industry standard minibus course)
Off Road (4×4)
Safe use of brushcutters and other machinery (in house)
In-house training opportunities:
Many other in-house training opportunities including priority on monthly training days and health and safety related courses. Including (where possible);
- Lifting and handling
- Team leadership
- Hand tool use and maintenance
- Tool store maintenance
- Trailer handling and driving
- Land Rover driving – road
- Land Rover maintenance
- Special management for BAP target species and habitats
- Livestock handling
- Management planning
- GPS and GIS
- Grassland Management
- Woodland Management
- Heathland management
- Wetland Management
- Access improvements
- Boundary works
- Hedgerow Management
- Species and habitat survey and monitoring
D1 minibus driving qualification (required if test passed after 1997)
Trailer towing qualification (required if test passed after 1997)
NVQ in Countryside Management
Application: CV with covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for the post.
Closing date: 5pm Friday 31stAugust 2012. Successful candidates will be invited to interview the following week at Low Barns Nature Reserve.
Applications / chat: Craig Best, Reserve Officer (West Durham), Low Barns Nature Reserve, Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 0AG or email@example.com or 01388 488728.
* Due to changes in legislation inexperienced drivers, those that have been driving for less than 2 years, cannot drive the minibus. As this is an essential part of the VRO post unfortunately we need to ask that people only apply if they have held a full licence for over 2 years.