Reserves Officer (West Hampshire)

Reserves Officer (West Hampshire)

Closing date:
Salary: £23,000 - £26,500 per annum depending on experience
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Blashford Lakes Education Centre
Ellingham Drove,
Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 3PJ
We are looking for a dynamic, experienced and capable Reserves Officer (West Hampshire) to play a leading role in the practical delivery of the Trust’s work across
the Trust's west Hampshire estate and its wildlife reserves.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Job Title: Reserves Officer (West Hampshire)

Full Time – 35 hours per week

Permanent contract

Salary: £23,000 - £26,500 depending on experience

Location: Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is a grassroots movement working for nature’s recovery and to bring people closer to nature.

‘Our vision for a wilder future is beautiful and vital!’

We want great places to live that are good for people and good for wildlife.

We want nature to be normal, for children to grow up with wild green spaces to explore.

We want to restore and re-wild our land and sea and tip the balance in favour of nature.

We know this is what’s needed for our food, oxygen, physical and mental health, our prosperity and for a strong and vibrant society.

We know that nature’s recovery can help tackle the climate crisis.

Our future has to be wilder!

We are seeking a Reserves Officer (West Hampshire) to join our cause.

This officer will play a leading role in the practical delivery of the Trust’s work across the Trust's west Hampshire estate and its wildlife reserves. This suite of sites is primarily centred on the Trust's Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, one of the Trust's flagship sites which has an extensive path and hide network. The Reserves Officer will be the public face of the Trust at the reserve.

This permanent role involves:

Reserves Management

  • Undertake practical management work as required, assisted, and working with the reserves team, to maintain or enhance the habitats for the diversity of species found on the sites to the standards set by the Trust and other organisations.
  • Where appropriate ensure sites are meeting Favourable/Unfavourable Improving Status (as defined by Natural England).
  • Supervise and undertake suitable monitoring to ensure management has a demonstrably positive outcome for wildlife.

Staff Management, Volunteering and Local Group Support

  • Line-manage Assistant Reserves Officer or Trainee Assistant Reserves Officer and supervise contractors according to Trust policies and procedures
  • Work with others to encourage volunteering and recruiting volunteers on reserves
  • Train and supervise volunteers and groups to carry out a variety of relevant tasks

The full Job Description is available in our Recruitment Pack, but in summary, the following is required:


  • At least 2-3 years practical land management experience on nature reserves or with equivalent land management experience in County Parks or similar.
  • 18 months minimum experience in leading work and managing contractors across a variety of lowland habitats


  • Hold a degree, vocational or equivalent qualification or experience in a relevant conservation/land management/ecological discipline
  • Have knowledge of species and habitats, survey and monitoring
  • Have a high level of habitat/species management expertise


  • Have excellent organisational skills
  • Have very good communication skills both oral and written
  • Have IT skills – ability to use Microsoft Office programmes such as Outlook, Word and Excel

Personal Qualities

  • Self-managing but capable of working as part of a team
  • A flexible approach towards delivering a wide range of Trust objectives

As an inclusive employer we recognise that our workforce needs to better reflect the communities in which we live and work.  We encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly those underrepresented within our sector, including people from black, Asian, minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We are committed to creating a Movement that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.

Closing date: 15 December 2021

Interviews:  06 January 2022

To apply, please download and complete both parts of the application form (parts a and b) and return to Please note that we do not accept C.Vs.

Application Form Part A

Application Form Part B