Old Hall Marshes Weekend Warden, Volunteer Co-ordinator

Do you love Old Hall Marshes and the Essex Coast? This is a unique opportunity to help with the management of the reserve. We are looking for an individual to co-ordinate a team of weekend volunteers.

Thursday 15 March 2018
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Practical conservation, Showing people wildlife, Surveying wildlife
Old Hall Marshes

What we're looking for

Do you love Old Hall Marshes and the Essex Coast? This is a unique opportunity to help with the ongoing management of the reserve. Old Hall Marshes is the largest remaining area of ancient coastal grazing marsh in Essex. Home to a wide range of species including some very special and scarce Essex species such as lapwing, redshank, marsh harrier, bearded tits, and numerous other species both avian and non-avian. Tucked away and hidden on the Blackwater estuary, Old Hall and the Blackwater are one of the finest places to see wildlife in Essex and arguably the country. We are looking for an individual to co-ordinate a team of weekend wardens who will play a valuable and ongoing role in our efforts to manage the reserve. Based either on the reserve or at home, you will be the first point of contact for a team of weekend wardens who will be responsible for opening and closing of the reserve, checking the Konik ponies, engaging with visitors, patrolling and conducting formal and informal surveys on the reserve. Duties will include organising a weekend rota, compiling survey reports, keeping records of livestock checks and surveys undertaken, notifying staff of any problems on the reserve and managing and enthusing a team of volunteers.

The skills you need

An outgoing personality, with good organisational and communication skills, and an ability to inspire others as part of a team. An ability to be discrete with sensitive information and to use tact and diplomacy will be necessary. Enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, birds and other wildlife is beneficial but not essential.

Your time

2 or 3 days a month
All year round

What's in it for you?

You will be a key part of a brand new initiative at Old Hall Marshes. This is a unique opportunity to volunteer in a very special place for wildlife. Old Hall is the hidden gem of Essex. You will gain experience of building, organising and managing a team, conducting and compiling survey reports, working with livestock, engaging with visitors and learning and contributing to the management and leadership of this very special reserve. Full training and support will be given by the reserve team. This is a great opportunity to build a team, develop a role and play a vital part in managing a fantastic reserve.

How to apply


Kieren Alexander, Old Hall Marshes
Tel: 01621 869015
Email: Kieren.Alexander@rspb.org.uk


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

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