RSPB • Coombes Valley

New to Nature Placement - Assistant Warden. Apply via Survey Monkey link.

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £19305 - £21417 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

*Apply here: New to Nature Placement Application Survey (surveymonkey.co.uk)

Thank you for your interest in this New to Nature placement.

New to Nature is an exciting programme of paid work placements in nature-focused roles. This is one of 70 roles that will be created across the UK to encourage young and diverse talent into the Natural Environment sector.

We’re particularly interested in receiving applications from young people (aged 18-25) who are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, who are living with a disability or are from low-income households.

You’ll get paid a good wage from a placement that helps the environment, learn loads of skills to boost your CV and get access to a Youth Employment Coach to help you plan your future career. There’ll also be opportunities to learn about potential careers in the natural environment, and (should you wish to) connect with the other young people working in New to Nature roles across the country.

This is a unique opportunity to try something new, and to take a first step on a career path where you can make a real difference. The natural environment needs you!

We hope you will join us on this exciting journey!

What's the role about?

Working with the reserve warden, the post holder will assist with the day-to-day habitat management for both woodland reserves. They will be part of, and eventually lead, volunteer work parties, carry out trail maintenance, vehicle and tool maintenance and assist with some wildlife monitoring such as river fly monitoring. They will also be required to assist with the maintenance of buildings and infrastructure for visitors to ensure a positive visitor experience.

The successful applicant would not need to commute to site as they will be provided with onsite shared accommodation (including Wi-Fi, water, electricity and gas) free of charge, if required. The accommodation is a single bedroom in a 3-bed shared cottage situated next to the office on the reserve, with shared bathroom, kitchen, living room and amazing views. PPE, equipment and appropriate clothing will also be provided.

You will be a motivated, enthusiastic person who’s willing to learn the practical skills required to be a warden of the future. You will need to be approachable and friendly as you will be expected to lead volunteer work parties (after appropriate training is provided)

Knowledge of wildlife and working with nature reserves is not key, just come with an interest and a willingness to listen to and learn from your colleagues.

You will be joining a friendly and supportive team with varied individual work areas. We will give you support and training to achieve your best in the role and beyond.

Person Specification:

In your application, please state and use examples to fully demonstrate the skills and experience you have that match the following:

  • Good written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to lead others.
  • Planning and organisational skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and complete work independently.
  • Able to self-motivate and use own initiative.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office programmes or similar.
  • An interest in learning about wildlife and nature.
  • Experience of maintenance and use of machinery, tools and equipment
  • Problem solving and coming up with well thought out practical solutions
  • RSPB will also be providing support for participants, including:

    • Wildlife ID training
    • Habitat management training
    • Chainsaw training
    • Brushcutter training
    • All-Terrain Vehicle training
    • First Aid
    • Geographical Information Systems software training
    • Leadership Skills
    • Safeguarding

    Additional Information

    This is a Fixed-Term role for 12 months working for 35 hours per week. The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

    We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from the week commencing 27th February. For further information please contact paul.bennett@rspb.org.uk

    Please apply for this placement via the following link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NTNPlacementApplication22

    Please see attached additional information document for more information on this role.

    This is hosted by Groundwork UK who will check the suitability of applicants, before passing the application on to the placement organisation, who will shortlist applicants to an informal interview process.

    Please ensure you carefully select the correct role from the drop-down list, to ensure your details are passed to the correct placement organisation.

    If you have any questions about the application form, contact Groundwork UK at: newtonature@groundwork.org.uk

    We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

    The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

    Company benefits

    Open to part-time employees
    Open to compressed hours
    Enhanced maternity leave
    Enhanced paternity leave
    Adoption leave
    Shared parental leave
    24 days annual leave + bank holidays
    Enhanced sick pay

    The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

    First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

    We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

    Working at RSPB

    Company employees


    Gender diversity (male:female)


    Office locations

    Across all 4 UK Countries

    Hiring Countries

    United Kingdom
    What employees are saying

    I feel the RSPB is very flexible and this is reflected through the Line Management chain - I know I have the flexibility on a daily basis to start early / finish late, if something crops up at home - I am very satisfied :)

    RSPB Employee

    More roles at RSPB
    Awards & Achievements
    Most flexible Charity & Tech For Good companies – 2nd

    Most flexible Charity & Tech For Good companies – 2nd

    Industry awards 2022