The main duties of the post are to assist in the management of the nature reserve at WWT Caerlaverock including the development and management of habitats, reserve infrastructure, and species monitoring in accordance with the approved management plan. In addition, the post holder will play an active role in both onsite and online engagement with our site and core conservation messaging.

This post will suit someone with reserve management experience, a good knowledge of surveying wetland species and great public engagement skills.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. We conserve, restore and create wetlands. We are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, both in the UK and around the world. At our 10 UK sites around a million visitors a year engage with wetland nature. We work internationally in key global wetland areas, balancing conservation with sustainable livelihoods and influencing national and international conservation policies.


  1. To assist with the development and day-to-day running of the reserve under the guidance of the Centre & Reserve Manager. This will involve using agricultural machinery and power tools to maintain the reserve.
  2. To assist with the implementation of the sites conservation management plan and management of the plan in CMSi.
  3. To assist with scientific research, survey and monitoring programmes, collecting data and recording information as required.
  4. To assist with the training and supervision of volunteers and trainees on placement
  5. To assist with the management, health, welfare and security of livestock on the reserve.
  6. To work with the neighbouring and tenant farmers, graziers and contractors to ensure the appropriate land management regime is implemented, monitored and recorded.
  7. To assist with the maintenance and up-keep of the reserve infrastructure, hides, buildings and the visitor centre to ensure they are safe for staff and visitors at all times


  •  Good general education to Higher Grade/A-level standard or equivalent
  • A full, driving licence is essential for this post


  • Agricultural/land-management experience including use of machinery and power tools
  • Interpersonal/communication skills and experience of working with the general public
  • Team working skills
  • Biological fieldwork skills including excellent bird ID skills
  • Livestock experience
  • Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheets
  • A working knowledge of Health and Safety at Work