Seasonal Coastal Ranger

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom

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16 days ago

Closing date: Tuesday 30 May 2023
Salary: £25,879.21 per annum (pro-rata)
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time

Colne Point Nature Reserve,

Beach Road
Off Lee Wick Farm
, St Osyth, Essex, CO16 8ET
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Seasonal Coastal Ranger to deliver the Share Our Shores project - a collaboration between Essex Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.

Short-Eared Owl - Danny Green/2020VISION

This is an exciting new, field-based role, within the Trust’s recently formed Marine & Coastal Recovery Team, that will also work closely with the Nature Reserves & Natural Capital rangers to lead beach-nesting birds monitoring, survey and engagement at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Colne Point and Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserves, as well as active wardening of these important sites. This is part of the well-established Share Our Shores Project, a collaborative project with the RSPB.

The successful candidate will have a sound knowledge of coastal habitats and their birds, an understanding of the conservation importance of reducing disturbance in this environment and, ideally, some experience of bird population monitoring techniques. We are seeking somebody to undertake physical conservation and site management tasks, with a pragmatic approach to solving practical problems as they arise and an ability to work on their own for significant periods of time.

Colne Point Nature Reserve is an impressive expanse of saltmarsh, creek and shingle, running along the coastline at the mouth of the Colne Estuary. The site is a rich saltmarsh habitat with rare plant species such as Golden Samphire and Small cord-grass, while across the shingle and sand ridge Yellow Horned Poppy, Sea Poppy, Bindweed and Spurge thrive. Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserve has been worked on for decades by traditional methods to help wildlife and now boasts a wonderful diversity of species. Clouded Yellow butterflies flutter above the grassland in summer, noisy Brent Geese gather on the grassland in winter and the majestic Marsh Harrier soars above, coming to roost at dusk.

Good verbal communication skills are essential to maintain productive working relationships with external partners and volunteers, to engage positively with visitors and to promote broad support for the Trust’s coastal conservation objectives amongst the general public in the area. In addition, good written communications are part of the role, with experience in collecting ecological data and presenting clear written reports.

The Marine & Coastal Recovery Team is delivering several ambitious and impactful projects that include saltmarsh restoration, native oyster re-establishment, seagrass protection and recovery and the Share Our Shores beach-nesting birds project. You will join the Team at an exciting time as we develop and scale-up our efforts to achieve marine and coastal recovery and to deliver the Trust’s core objectives of 30% of land and sea connected and protected for nature by 2030 and 1 in 4 people in Essex taking action for wildlife by 2030.

This role is initially on a six-month fixed-term contract (June to December 2023) working 37.5 hours per week between Monday and Sunday. The salary will be £25,879.21 per annum (pro-rata). As this is a seasonal position, we are looking for someone who is able to start as soon as possible. The main work is based at Colne Point Nature Reserve, with regular travel to Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserve. Later in the season, work may involve other coastal Trust reserves of importance to breeding and passage shorebirds and waders.

Essex Wildlife Trust are the county’s leading conservation charity, committed to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature; and we would love you to join our committed and enthusiastic team. Our values are Inspire, Collaborative, United and Professional.

To make an application, please complete an application form via our website by 9:00am on Tuesday 30 May 2023. The interviews are arranged for Wednesday 07 June 2023.