Volunteer Reserves Officer


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Volunteer Reserves Officer (VRO)

Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve

Post Title: Volunteer Reserves Officer (VRO)
Location: Based at Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 6PU
Responsible to: Reserves Officer (Eastern Reserves)
Time commitment: 3 days p/w

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 provided include:

Essential training provided

Chainsaw CS30/31
Pesticides PA1&6
First Aid
Off Road (4×4)
ATV
Safe use of brushcutters and other machinery

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:

  • Trailer towing qualification (required if test passed after 1997)
  • MIDAS (industry standard minibus course)

Possible options:
Residential and vocational courses

Downloads:
Please click here to download the job description.

Application:
CV with covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for the post.
Closing date:
12 noon Wednesday 31st May. Successful candidates will be invited to interview Friday 9th June at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

Applications / chat: Chris Jones, Reserves Officer (East) cjones@durhamwt.co.uk or 0191 584 3112.