Swanwick Lakes Volunteer Warden

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

Position details

Duration

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Commitment

Weekdays, Weekends

Purpose of the role:

  • To promote and enhance visitors’ enjoyment and understanding of wildlife, Swanwick Lakes and the work of the Wildlife Trust and to be the ‘eyes and ears’ on the reserve.
  • Provide information to visitors and ensure that their behaviour is compatible with the aims of managing a nature reserve.

Times/days we'd like you to be available:

  • Weekday evenings, weekend days and evenings and bank holidays (on a rota basis)

Tasks involved in this role:

  • Welcoming and talking to members of the public about the Trust, Swanwick Lakes 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 Swanwick Lakes and across the county.
  • Undertake minor practical site management tasks, for example cutting back overhanging branches or dealing with minor path obstructions and problems.
  • 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 and making sure leaflets are available.
  • Undertake other such appropriate assistance in relation to the role of Swanwick Lakes 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.

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
  • Meet new people
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain experience in being involved with the Wildlife Trust
  • Have an influence and input into your local wildlife reserve
  • Possible opportunities for taking part in training courses relevant to the role

What's in it for you...!

  • Meet new people
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain experience in being involved with the Wildlife Trust
  • Have an influence and input into your local wildlife reserve
  • Possible opportunities for taking part in training courses relevant to the role

Expenses:

Reimbursement of out of pocked travel costs between home and location of volunteering and other reasonable expenses agreed with your Trust manager.

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