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Reserve warden

Reserve warden

Are you passionate about nature conservation? Do you have excellent habitat and species knowledge, particularly for wetland birds? Are you able to help shape and manage nearly 100 Ha of wetlands, grasslands and woodlands and engage the public in the restoration and management of this important nature reserve in south London?
If so, we are looking for you!

info
Area: Carshalton
Working Hours: Full-time
Contract Type: Permanent
SalaryGrade 7 – £29,766 – £35,724 per annum
Hours:
36 hours per week (Flexible working, including evenings and weekends is essential)
Location:
Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve and London Borough of Sutton Biodiversity Team Offices, Carshalton
about the role

Are you passionate about nature conservation? Do you have excellent habitat and species knowledge, particularly for wetland birds? Are you able to help shape and manage nearly 100 Ha of wetlands, grasslands and woodlands and engage the public in the restoration and management of this important nature reserve in south London?

If so, we are looking for you!

The Biodiversity Team are looking to recruit a dynamic and experienced nature conservationist / ecologist to help develop and manage extensive habitat creation at a restored landfill site (Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve). Work will focus on this site, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a large scale nature reserve in south London with free public access, emulating the highly successful RSPB Rainham Marshes near Dartford and the London Wetland Centre at Barnes.

You will help will welcome visitors to parts of the site for bird and nature watching, environmental education and volunteering opportunities. Beddington Farmlands will be the largest nature reserve within Sutton and with Beddington Park to the south and Mitcham Common nature reserve to the north, will be part of a significant landscape for wildlife and for residents to enjoy at the heart of the Wandle Valley Regional Park.

You will be able to drive forwards restoration work with site staff, contractors and local stakeholders, to deliver the largest area for nature conservation in south London

The position comes with an office at Beddington Farmlands; it is expected that around 4 days per week will be based on site, with one day per week at the LBS offices. Weekend and early morning / evening work is to be expected, particularly for species monitoring and engaging members of the public. Our flexible working policy will help you achieve a suitable work/life balance.

about you

To succeed in this role, you will:
be a driven and passionate conservationist / ecologist
have at least 3 years’ practical experience of habitat creation and management (wetlands, including wet grassland management and monitoring, would be especially useful)
have great identification and surveying skills (ornithology and botany are particularly important)
have excellent communication skills for dealing with a wide range of people, from the public to experienced birders and stakeholders, enthusing them about nature and the site
have the ability to work in partnership with different organisations
be highly motivated, independent and organised to work efficiently

about us

The Biodiversity Team manages over 25 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation within the London Borough of Sutton, including chalk downland, woodland, wetlands and neutral meadows, from the green belt of the North Downs to the urban landscape. We utilise significant support from Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers, operating 2-3 task days per week.
The Biodiversity Team also deal with all biodiversity issues relating to planning, including the delivery of London’s first Biodiversity Net Gain policy.
Our offer
This position will be at the forefront of shaping and delivering the restoration and management of a major nature conservation site within south London.

We also offer a huge variety of staff benefits including:
27 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Flexi-time & remote working, from our offices in Carshalton and your office at Beddington Farmlands
Local Government Pension Scheme
Comprehensive learning and development programme
Interest free season ticket loans
Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
Subsidised gym membership

interested?

Please apply online by completing our application form, ensuring you include a supporting statement outlining why you would be a great fit for this role, and what skills, experience, and knowledge you can bring.
Please ensure you refer to the Role Profile and demonstrate how you match the qualities in the skills, experience and knowledge table within the Job Description when completing your supporting statement.
For an informal discussion on the position, please contact Senior Biodiversity Officer David Warburton on 020 8770 4203 or email david.warburton@sutton.gov.uk.

Role Profile.pdf

Job Description.pdf

Previous applicants need not apply.

 

(COVID-19) – information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.