The Cumbria Coast team manage three reserves – Hodbarrow, St Bees Head and Campfield Marsh. All
three reserves represent a variety of different habitats and species creating a varied and
exciting portfolio. Campfield Marsh in the North of the county comprises of 360 hectares of
peat bog, fen, wet grassland and saltmarsh on the south shore of the Solway Estuary.
Over the last five years the reserve has seen some exciting management changes due to a
Countryside Stewardship scheme which has funded the installation of a new dynamic wetland
system on the wet grassland, a network of saltmarsh restoration and bog edge habitat
restoration. St Bees Head is home to a cliff nesting bird colony where thousands of seabirds
nest every year including the only English breeding colony of black Guillemot.
Hodbarrow in the south of the county is home to up to 15% of the UK’s sandwich tern population, it is hard to believe that the site was one of the largest iron mines in the world. The mine
shut in the 1960’s and the RSPB bought the site in 1986. Where iron was hard won nature has now
taken over and with the work of the RSPB and some innovative solutions to managing the tern
colony the reserve is going from strength to strength.
What’s the role about?
This role will involve the successful candidate working on a variety of habitats including a
coastal lagoon, peat bog, sea cliffs, Saltmarsh, and wet grassland. Based predominantly at RSPB
Campfield Marsh, we are recruiting for a permanent Assistant Warden. We are looking for someone
who wants to take the next step in their career and join a supportive and positive team.
Communication is key and we will be looking for someone who has worked in teams as well as on
their own. Using your knowledge and enthusiasm you will bring new and innovative ideas to our
team and help us manage amazing habitats for a wide variety of species.
As Cumbria Coast Assistant Warden, you will make an important contribution to the management of
all three of our Reserves. You will be involved in the ecological management, visitor
infrastructure upkeep and monitoring of species of all three sites. With three different
reserves to manage there is a variety of species and habitats to get stuck into – every day is
different in the Cumbria Coast Team.
You will be involved in all aspects of reserve management including:
- The use of machinery to manage vegetation and the habitats on all three reserves
- Maintaining livestock and predator fences
- Monitoring and recording all aspects of reserve species including bird species and
- Planning and implementing dynamic water systems
Essential skills, knowledge and experience:
- You will have knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management.
- You will have a proven track record of working of completing work alone and working within
a varied team.
- Comfortable managing and recruiting volunteers from a range of backgrounds
- Experience of monitoring bird populations and productivity
- General biological survey skills preferably with a specialism
- Full, manual driving licence.
- Knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management in an agricultural or
- Competent user of standard IT applications (e.g. MS packages, Outlook)
- Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.
- Excellent communication skills when working closely in a team or remotely.
Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills, and experience:
- Lantra or equivalent qualification in using equipment such as brushcutter, Sit- astride ATV
and tractor, PA1/6 pesticides.
- Knowledge of servicing and maintaining vehicles, machinery, tools, and equipment to agreed
- Agricultural or livestock knowledge
- This role will involve lone working and working in remote locations.
- This role will require occasional weekend, early morning and evening working so will need
someone who is able to be flexible.
This is a Permanent role for 37.5 hours per week. We are looking to conduct interviews for this
position from 30th October. For further information please contact [email protected]
As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete
an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience
The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974.
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