Assistant Warden



Job Type



Charity / Voluntary, Environmental / Conservation



Assistant Warden – Blacktoft Sands
Reference: JAN20232290
Location: Blacktoft Sands, Goole
Salary: £23,939 - £26,558 Per Annum
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days annual leave

A full time Assistant Warden is required to join the team and help deliver our busy work programme across the RSPB Humber Reserves holding (currently 1600ha of land around the wider estuary). Applicants must be able to demonstrate some previous experience of working on reserves or similar and ideally be trained in the use of brushcutters, tractors and use of handheld sprayers. This role will also include working on some weekend days and occasionally involve face-to-face visitor work.

The role will be varied, covering a wide range of tasks, so you’ll need to be energetic, adaptable, and have the desire to achieve. You’ll work as part of a team to assist in delivering a wide range of operations such as reedcutting, agricultural field operations, estate maintenance and biological survey work, while you will also be expected to engage positively with a wide range of stakeholders and help manage our amazing volunteer team.

It is important that you are a strong team player, with the ability to generate ideas and see them through to high standards. You’ll have a passion for natural history, and you’ll enjoy working outside in all weathers.

You’ll be organised, responsible, resilient, adaptable, practically capable and you’ll set yourself high standards. You’ll have plenty of energy and be keen to learn and develop as part of your role. Undertaking Training will be an essential part of your development and will be provided as required to help you to fulfil your full potential.


  • You will have knowledge and experience of practical habitat and estate management.
  • You will have a proven track record of completing work alone and working within a varied team.
  • Comfortable managing volunteers from a range of backgrounds
  • Reasonable birdwatching knowledge and experience of biological surveys
  • Be willing to assist with predator control to benefit ground nesting birds
  • Full driving licence.


  • Lantra or equivalent qualification in using equipment such as brushcutter and tractor, PA1/6 pesticides.
  • Knowledge of servicing and maintaining vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment to agreed standards.
  • Experience of staff or volunteer recruitment and line management.
  • Implementing and updating health and safety records and assessments.

Additional information:

  • 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.

Closing Date: 23:59, Wednesday, 8th February 2023
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 8th Feb 2023.

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

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