Salary: £16,010-£17,550 depending on skills and experience. Plus training package.


Based at Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Warden to join our Estates Team to help deliver our visitor, wildlife and heritage management work.

The Role

The Assistant Warden is a trainee role, leading to you being employed as a Warden. You will learn on the job and gain qualifications such as chainsaw, brushcutter, tractor driving and first aid. This is a great career-start opportunity.

This is a rewarding, varied and hands-on role that involves working the land and property and dealing face-face with the public. You will be part of a small team of full-time, part-time and seasonal Wardens who have responsibility for supporting the visitor, wildlife and heritage management of Wandlebury Country Park, Coton Countryside Reserve and other sites owned by the charity. You will be expected to undertake a variety of tasks, including habitat management, infrastructure maintenance, using machinery and visitor engagement.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

The successful candidate will have a relevant qualification and ideally some initial practical experience of estate management, nature conservation or visitor management (for example as a volunteer). You will need good communication skills.

You will need to be physically strong and enjoy working outdoors in all weather.

Additional Information

The job presents the opportunity to work on some of Cambridge’s most important countryside and heritage sites, and develop valuable skills in the management of nature, heritage and visitors.  Our headquarters site is Wandlebury Country Park on the Gog Magog Hills, which receives around 100,000 visits per year. Wandlebury contains the remains of an iron-age hillfort and 18th century country estate and stables. It is designated as Scheduled Monument, has Listed Buildings and is a County Wildlife Site. The site is 60 ha of chalk grassland and mature woodland with a pond, traditional orchard, outdoor education centre and fold of Highland Cattle.

The salary offered will depend on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. If you have already been trained in, or have good experience in, the use of tractors, trailers, brushcutter, chainsaw, pesticide application, first aid, supervising volunteers, livestock management and ecological monitoring then we would still very much like you to apply and would be looking to start you at the upper end of the salary range and for you to move quickly on to become a Warden.

Our Warden Team aims to operate early morning to dusk, 365 days per year. To achieve this the Warden Team operates on a shift rota which changes through the year with day-length. At present this would mean the post-holder will work 1 weekend in 3.

To apply to be our Assistant Warden, please download and complete our application form (click here) and email it to us at [email protected]  It is essential that you read the job description and person specification and tell us in your application how you meet the criteria and why you want the job. Click here to download the job description/person specification.

Closing date:  Midnight 28 May 2019. Interviews anticipated on the 17 or 18 June. 

If you would like an informal chat about this role or have any questions please contact James Littlewood or Glenn Mulleady on 01223 243830.