Conservation Contracts Assistant
Salary: £10.42ph + holiday pay
Duration: Early December 2023 – Late February 2024
Location: Sheffield (meeting point) with travel via company vehicles to work sites, primarily in the Peak District
The Wildscapes casual team play an important part in enabling a small core team to respond to changes or peaks in work. Many of our contracts are seasonally led such as moorland restoration in the winter and for our ecology team bat surveying in the summer and are fully supported through the hard work and skill of casual workers.
As a casual conservation contracts assistant you’ll be working in a profit for purpose team that is committed to achieving excellence for both clients and for the natural environment. Casuals at Wildscapes get to experience working in beautiful outdoor scenery as part of a close knit team that prides itself on its friendly and supportive working ethos. Our core team are highly trained and competent outdoor first aiders and we boast of extremely high Health and Safety standards.
The position is being offered on a casual basis which means that whilst Wildscapes will try to provide as much notice as possible when offering work, there will be no obligation for them to offer a minimum amount of hours or for the Conservation Contracts Assistant to accept any work so offered. The amount of hours offered will vary depending on business needs.
Ideally we are looking for individuals able to commit to a minimum of 2-3 days per week (Mon-Fri) from early December to late February. Full time hours will be available for the right candidate(s). Opportunities to support other conservation projects, continue work through Spring/Summer and secure permanent roles will be dependent on business need and performance in the casual role throughout the winter.
As part of a team, provide and deliver practical habitat management tasks across project sites.
The work within Wildscapes Land Management is generally seasonal. During the winter months the main area of work is sphagnum moss planting, plus planting of trees and hedgerows, stock fencing, and tree felling. Summer work will consist of stock fencing, brushcutting/ strimming, creation of ponds and leaky dams, and other related conservation works.
We are specifically looking for individuals to support our team with a number of sphagnum planting projects across the Peak District between December 2023 and March 2024.
The majority of works will take place in remote and extreme working conditions. Terrain is usually very rough, variable and uneven, and on very steep ground. Works will continue through demanding and difficult weather conditions. Applicants will need a good level of fitness and experience working in a demanding outdoor environment.
Days are 8-10 hours, meeting in Sheffield at approximately 7am and travelling in company vehicles to work sites, primarily within the Peak District. There may be some additional travel via foot due to the remote location of some of the work sites and the lack of accessibility for vehicles. A driving licence would be advantageous.
Deliver a range of practical habitat management tasks, following instructions from the site supervisor and Wildscapes team managers. This can include;
- Planting sphagnum moss as part of moorland restoration and peat carbon capture works across the region. As well as other conservation based land management tasks.
- Contribute to maintaining H&S on site during the work day and adhering to Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust Health & Safety Policy and Procedures:
- Safe use of tools, equipment
- Tool store
- Ensure sites are left in safe and secure condition
- Reporting any accidents and incidents.
How to Apply
We have received a large number of applications for this role that should fill our requirements for this winter. If you would like to be added to our reserve list, please apply as per the below and we’ll be in touch should we need to take on any more people.
Please download the full job description and person specification below.
To apply: please complete an application form and attach your current CV to the form, along with a cover letter on how you meet the criteria for the role, to email@example.com or by post to Recruitment, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, 37 Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF.
If you would like any further information about this role or an informal discussion, please contact the team on 0114 303 5123.
No agencies please.
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