Project Officer (Little Tern) & Assistant Warden (Dorset Reserves)
Reference: DEC20214950
Location: Weymouth, DT4 7TZ
Salary: £22,986 – £25,500 per annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance and Annual Leave

We are looking for an enthusiastic, practical person with a strong background in volunteer management and good communication skills to join our Dorset conservation team. The successful candidate will take on a combined role, look after our growing Chesil Beach little tern colony during spring and summer and leading volunteer work parties on our Dorset reserves during the non-breeding season.

Key activities:

  • Work with RSPB staff, volunteers, partners, and contractors to oversee and carry out protection of the Chesil Beach little tern colony, including: infrastructure management, wardening, monitoring, predator mitigation, volunteer management and public engagement.
  • Work as an assistant warden within the Dorset reserves team outside the little tern breeding season, managing volunteer work parties to deliver habitat management at key sites including the Arne and Weymouth reserves.
  • The successful candidate will also support the Little Tern Project Manager and Reserves Team in managing project budgets and project risks, maintain high standards of health and safety and carry out maintenance of machinery to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • We are looking for someone to start in March or early April and who can work flexible hours, including weekends where required. The role will be based in Weymouth, Dorset, but may require regular travel to other RSPB Dorset reserves, especially outside the little tern breeding season.

Key Result Areas


  • A strong background in volunteer management
  • A good range of practical land management experience, including machinery and equipment management
  • Good working knowledge of UK little tern and other shorebird conservation
  • A good understanding of the ecology and management of RSPB priority habitats in Dorset
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and competent use of Microsoft Office
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Awareness of the importance of Health & Safety in an outdoor environment
  • Able to travel to project locations daily, including during anti-social hours


  • Bird monitoring experience preferably at a seabird colony
  • Some experience in delivering habitat or species conservation projects
  • Lantra or equivalent qualifications in chainsaw, tractor driving and brushcutters
  • Good public engagement skills including social media and interpretation
  • Experience of working in partnerships to achieve shared outcomes
  • Experience of installing and/or maintaining electric fencing and diversionary feeding of predators
  • Knowledge of the work of the RSPB, including our work in Dorset

This is a Permanent Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week.

Closing Date: 23:59, 24 January 2022
We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from w/c 14th February 2022.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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No agencies please.