Volunteer Reserves Officer (VRO) Vacancy Low Barns

Durham Wildlife Trust News

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:

Essential qualifications



First Aid

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

If required:

D1 minibus driving qualification (required if test passed after 1997)

Trailer towing qualification (required if test passed after 1997)

Possible options:

Residential course

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 cbest@durhamwt.co.uk 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.