Farlington Marshes volunteer warden

Location:
Promote and enhance visitors’ enjoyment and understanding of wildlife, Farlington Marshes and the work of the Wildlife Trust and to be the ‘eyes and ears’ on the reserve

Tasks involved in this role

  • Welcoming and talking to members of the public about HIWWT, Farlington Marshes and the work of the Wildlife Trust and to be the ‘eyes and ears’ on the reserve and wildlife/sustainability (no expertise required but interest in wildlife desirable).
  • Help visitors with their identification and knowledge of wildlife.
  • To be a ‘visible presence’ on site and provide a friendly, approachable point of contact for visitors.
  • To ‘warden’ the site ensuring visitor safety where possible. Provide information to visitors and ensure that their behaviour is compatible with the aims of managing a nature reserve so long as this does not compromise the safety of the warden.
  • To increase visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the work carried out by the Trust at Farlington Marshes and across the county.
  • Promote and encourage visitors to support the Trust through membership, donations, attending events and volunteering.
  • Help maintain the site in a clean and tidy condition by clearing up rubbish as appropriate.
  • Undertake livestock checks (training will be given)
  • Undertake other such appropriate assistance in relation to the role of Farlington Marshes volunteer as may be reasonably requested by the Trust manager.
  • Work in compliance with the Trust’s Health and Safety Policy and Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy at all times, taking appropriate action and reporting back on potential hazards, accidents and other issues such as evacuation and emergency procedures.

Additional if required:

  • Update the sightings boards
  • Cut back the paths where necessary and safe to do so
  • Help with cattle movements where necessary

Skills and abilities needed:

Essential:

  • Trustworthy, reliable and responsible
  • Happy to talk to members of public
  • Ability to remain motivated and enjoy watching wildlife on “quiet” days with fewer visitors (or wildlife)
  • Happy to handle small amounts of money

Desirable:

  • Experience of working with members of the public 
  • Previous or current volunteering experience with the Trust in other capacities
  • Ability to enthuse visitors
  • Have an interest in local wildlife, particularly watching it and learning about it
  • Have an interest in wildlife conservation and sustainability