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Area Warden (Canterbury and Weald)

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   England (South East)
Salary   £18,989 - £26,693 per annum
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   03/02/2020
Company Name   Kent Wildlife Trust
Contact Name  
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals.  Nature is in trouble and it needs our help.  Kent Wildlife Trust has a plan to aid nature’s recovery and we encourage people to join us to make a difference.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and driven individual to join our team.  As the Area Warden for the Canterbury and Weald area, you will be responsible for the day to day management of a range of important and varied conservation sites, with designations such as SSSI, LWS, LNR; Canterbury City Council sites including Larkey Valley Wood, Wraik Hill and Foxes Cross; woodland owned by South East Water and a number of Kent Wildlife Trust owned sites in the Weald including Marden Meadows and Parsonage Wood.

The Job: 

Duties will include planning and delivering practical habitat management activities, leading and managing conservation volunteers, engaging and supervising contractors, leading conservation grazing schemes whilst always ensuring the highest health and safety standards are maintained at all times.

Partnership working will be a key feature of this role.  Kent Wildlife Trust manage a number of sites for Canterbury City Council, as well as working with South East Water managing some of their land adjacent to the Trust’s large West Blean Reserve.

The reserves are spread over a large geographical area and include a number of different sites, covering a range of habitats - ancient woodland being the main habitat, with lowland meadow and other grasslands, wooded heath, and a former sand quarry.


The ideal candidate will have experience of similar nature reserves/habitats, alongside the habitat management approaches involved.  The candidate will have demonstrable ability to lead, manage and motivate volunteer teams.

You will be a team player with a desire to share experience with colleagues and a willingness to learn from others.  Effective working with others, whether it be teams from across Kent Wildlife Trust, partners or stakeholders, will be key to success within this role, so an attitude of cooperation is essential.

This post is well suited to either an experienced conservation manager looking to expand their knowledge and experience or to a candidate with less experience looking to build their skillset.

You will also have:

  • A good knowledge of nature conservation management, natural history and biological monitoring and surveying techniques.  
  • Physical fitness and an aptitude for outdoor work.
  • Strong self-motivation and commitment to nature conservation and an ability to manage and work with people.
  • An understanding of community working and awareness raising activities.
  • An ability to produce concise and engaging reports for partners and funders.
  • A full clean driving license.

Contact details:

To discuss this role, please contact Matt Hayes on 07747474364 or Matt.Hayes@kentwildlife.org.uk.

To apply, please visit our website at www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk to download an application pack. Applicants should read the Guidance Notes carefully before completing the Applicant Information Form supported by cover note and CV.


Kent Wildlife Trust has a positive approach to equality and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community

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