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Job Summary for Saltwells Assistant Warden

Directorate: Urban Environment, Culture & Community - Countryside Services 
Salary: 14,197 - 16,217 (Scale 2/3 Enhancement for weekend working) 
Job Summary: Saltwells Assistant Warden - SALTWELLS NATURE RESERVE

Salary plus enhancement for weekend working (37 hours weekly. to include evening & weekend work) - Dudley Countryside Services manage over 360 hectares of open space of recognised nature conservation, landscape and recreation value.

We are looking for a pragmatic, self-motivated individual to assist the Senior Warden in managing Saltwells Local Nature Reserve, one of the largest urban nature reserves in the country. Responsibilities include assisting with the supervision of trainees and volunteers, liaising with local communities and with the implementation of a number of successful grant-aided initiatives.

You must have experience of working in a nature reserve, country park, or similar, in an urban or urban fringe location, have experience of undertaking guided walks, talks and other presentations including to school parties, members of the public and specialist interest groups, a Diploma or NVQ level 2 in an environmental discipline, or equivalent and a working knowledge of UK woodland, grassland and wetland habitats, species and management techniques.

Informal enquiries to Kevin Clements, Countryside Manager on 01384 814189 or Mark Williams, Saltwells Senior Warden on 01384 812795. 
Closing Date: 28/12/2007 
Vacancy ID: DUCASN1 000430KP 
For an informal discussion please contact:  
Additional Information:  
Application Form: If you do not wish to apply online please use the below contact details to request an application form in the post.

Directorate of the Urban Environment 3 St James’s Road Dudley West Midlands DY1 1HZ
01384 811657

Job Description for Saltwells Assistant Warden

Reports to: Saltwells Senior Warden 
Responsible for: Trainees and volunteers 
Main Purpose: To assist the Saltwells Senior Warden in maintaining and managing the Nature Reserve, enhancing it for nature conservation and people, and encouraging people to visit, enjoy and learn from the Nature Reserve.

 
Main Activities: 1. To motivate, supervise and assist with the development of trainees and volunteers working at Saltwells Nature Reserve.

2. To carry out nature conservation management, habitat creation, practical works and maintenance of the Nature Reserve.

3. To liaise with and help monitor grounds maintenance and other contractors undertaking work on the Nature Reserve.

4. To assist with the implementation of long term development plans for the Nature Reserve.
5. To assist with the implementation of any grant-aid agreements, ensuring that any conditions are observed and that any livestock are inspected and their welfare catered for on a daily basis.

6. To undertake practical management works and maintenance of other countryside sites and countryside walk routes as required.

7. To assist with the preparation and implementation of an interpretation strategy for the Nature Reserve.

8. To assist with the implementation and revision as necessary of an education strategy for the Nature Reserve.

9. To assist with co-ordinating school visits to the Nature Reserve, ensuring that they are undertaken in an organised and safe manner and in accordance with the National Curriculum and Council Guidance.

10. To interpret to visitors the history, nature conservation value and management proposals of the Nature Reserve

11. To contribute towards and implement programmes of events to improve community use and enjoyment of our sites, including guided walks, talks and presentations, educational visits and voluntary conservation work.

12. To assist with the preparation, distribution and display of promotional and educational material.

13. To undertake surveys of a diverse nature, from basic ecological to visitor satisfaction.

14. To implement Statutory Regulations and Corporate Policy with regard to Health and Safety, Investors in People and Equal Opportunities.

15. To assist with the preparation, implementation and monitoring of and reaction to Health & Safety regulations for the Nature Reserve, including risk assessments and safety inspections.

16. To liaise with all other groups, organisations, individuals and Council departments with an interest in the Nature Reserve.

17. To develop links and promote good relations with others, such as the local Police force and community groups, with the objective of ensuring protection of the Nature Reserve.

18. To assist with the management of the Nature Reserve’s financial resources in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders.

19. To ensure that byelaws are enforced and to deal with abusers of the Nature Reserve in an assertive but non-confrontational manner.

20. To undertake regular patrols of the Nature Reserve and to talk at any time to members of the public.

21. To deal with issues such as rubbish removal and litter picking.

22. To ensure that the Wardens’ accommodation and visitor facilities are cleaned to a high standard and are attractive to visitors to the Nature Reserve.

23. To contribute towards and implement relevant aims, objectives and targets of the Council Plan.

24. To assist with legal and property issues, including agreements, licences and easements.

25. To attend training courses as appropriate.

26. Any other duties appropriate to the grade of the post.



Special Conditions: This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure from the
Criminal Records Bureau under the Protection of Children Act (1999)

Driving Licence will be subject to checking with the DVLA. It is a Council requirement to have Business Use Car Insurance and a valid MOT Certificate for cars over 3 years old


 
Special Conditions:  
Car Allowance: Casual 

Person Specification for Saltwells Assistant Warden

Experience: 1. Working in a nature reserve, country park, historic landscape, or similar, in an urban or urban fringe location.

2. Supervising trainees or volunteers.

3. Project implementation, including liaison with partners and supervision of contractors.

4. Planning and undertaking projects with schools in line with the National Curriculum.

5. Undertaking guided walks, talks and other presentations including to school parties, members of the public and specialist interest groups.
 
Qualifications or Training: 1. Diploma or NVQ level 2 in an environmental discipline, or equivalent.

2. Working knowledge of UK woodland, wetland and grassland habitats, species and management techniques.


3. Working knowledge of health and safety regulations in relation to practical conservation work and volunteers.

4. Willing and keen to undertake relevant training
 
Practical Skills: 1. Able to organise own workload and to supervise and motivate personnel.

2. Able to manage woodland, wetland and grassland habitats and geological resources for landscape and nature conservation benefit and visitor appreciation.

3. Able to maintain footpaths, site furniture and buildings.

4. Able to prepare and present reports in a clear and concise manner.

5. Able to make own way to other countryside sites and countryside walk routes as required.
 
Personal Qualities & Attributes: 1. Pragmatic, able to act in a decisive and appropriate way particularly under pressure.

2. Self-motivated and able to work unsupervised.

3. A friendly, open and confident manner with the ability to deal assertively, but tactfully, with potentially awkward customers and willing to talk to all visitors.

4. Able to foster teamwork.

5. A commitment to personal development.

6. An adaptable and innovative approach to problem solving, with the ability to identify issues that may be significant in terms of policy/strategy and the skill of communicating such issues to the line manager.

7. Able to adapt to change and to view change positively.






Other

Driving Licence will be subject to checking with the DVLA. It is a Council requirement to have Business Use Car Insurance and a valid MOT Certificate (For cars over 3 years old)