Conservation And Environment Officer

  • £18,798 pa
  • Ashford, Kent
  • Canterbury Oast Trust

The Post:

We are looking to appoint a CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENT OFFICER TO COVER MATERNITY LEAVE. You will lead in the maintenance of the environmental conservation advising the Farm and Attraction Manager accordingly and take a hands-on approach with associated tasks.

You will also take part in the delivery of educational activity sessions to school groups, the general public (adults and children) as well as other external bodies about all aspects of the farm but especially conservation and environmental issues.

Help to ensure the smooth running of the visitor attraction including participating in all activities, events, dispays and presentations to the public as and when required.

This is a full time post of 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4.30pm. As maternity cover it is envisaged this post will be up to 17th April 2020.

About Us:

The South of England Rare Breeds Centre (RBC) is a busy tourist attraction with more than 130,000 visitors a year. As part of Canterbury Oast Trust, a leading local charity, it supports the work of the Trust in its provision of first class care and support for adults with a learning disability across Kent and East Sussex.

The RBC also provides valuable training opportunities for adults with learning disabilities enabling them to develop their animal management, horticultural, retail and customer service skills.

As a Conservation and Environment Officer you will need:

o At least 4 years\' work experience in a similar role or

o Degree level education pertaining to Conservation/Environment

o Experience of coordinating and supervising volunteers and other individuals or groups

o Chainsaw certificate CS30/31

o Herbicide and Pesticide Sprayer Certificate (PA1 and 6A)

o ATV 4x4 Certification

o Sound knowledge of handling and maintenance of conservation tools

o Good knowledge of species ID and surveying techniques and use of associated equipment

o 21 or over and held a full driving licence for at least 12 months (insurance requirement)


o 22 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays;

o Paid DBS check

o Contributory pension scheme

o Healthcare Cash Plan on completion of 6 month probationary period

All appointments are subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK; an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and two satisfactory references, one of which should be from your current or most recent employer..

If you believe you have the right values for our organisation, enjoy working outside and meet the requirements of our Conservation and Environment Officer (Maternity Cover) job description and person specification we would love to hear from you.

Closing Date: 25th February 2019

Interview Date: 13th March 2019

  • Advertiser: Direct Employer
  • Reference: CVM15545