Nature Reserve Wardens - Isle of Wight

Nature Reserve Wardens - Isle of Wight

Location: Eastern Yar Valley , School Lane,
Isle of Wight,
Nearest Postcode - PO36 0NL (for sat-nav purposes)
We are looking for volunteer wardens to promote and enhance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of wildlife and the work of the Wildlife Trust, and to assist the Reserves Teams with managing conservation grazing of sites.

Position details




Any Day

As a visible presence of the Trust on the reserves, you will provide a friendly, approachable point of contact for visitors. You will need to be enthusiastic and outgoing with an interest in wildlife, comfortable around sheep or cattle (if required), physically fit with good vision and able to commit to a consistent, regular commitment each week, any day including weekends.

The area Nature Reserve Wardens will cover is the Eastern Yar catchment, between Newchurch and Sandown, plus Arreton down and Knighton Down.

Purpose of the role:

  • To promote and enhance vistors' enjoyment and understanding of wildlife and the work of the Wildlife Trust.
  • To assist in the regular livestock checks on land managed by the Trust

Tasks involved in the role:

  • 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, providing information to visitors and ensuring 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.
  • Help visitors with their identification and knowledge of the wildlife that can be seen.
  • Promote and encourage visitors to support the Trust through membership, donations, attending events and volunteering.
  • To carry out a quick visual assessment of the wellbeing of the cattle, sheep and/or ponies.
  • To carry out a quick visual check of fences and gates used to contain livestock.
  • To report any problems, such as a limping animal, new calf been born, hole in the fence, or some loose wire, to Trust staff by phone, text or email. You will not be required to take any practical action yourself unless trained to do so.
  • Help maintain the site in a clean and tidy condition by clearing up rubbish as appropriate.
  • Undertake such other appropriate assistance in relation to the role of Volunteer as may be reasonably requested by the HIWWT manager.
  • Work in compliance with the Trust’s Health and Safety policy at all times, taking appropriate action and reporting back on potential hazards, accidents and other issues, such as evacuation and emergency procedures.

Skills and abilities needed:


  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness to be identifiable as a volunteer by wearing Trust sweatshirt/t-shirt (which will be provided)
  • Happy to remain motivated and enjoy watching wildlife on “quiet” days with fewer visitors (or wildlife)
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing
  • Interest in wildlife
  • Physically fit with good eyesight
  • Dependable.


  • Good general natural history knowledge
  • Experience of working with members of the public
  • Ability to enthuse visitors.

What's in it for you..!

  • Full induction to the site and the work of the Trust
  • Uniform to identify you as a volunteer for the Trust
  • Opportunity to practise or expand natural history knowledge
  • Opportunity to meet new people with similar interests
  • Training may be provided if required and will be agreed by your HIWWT Manager.


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