Volunteer Warden - Woodham Fen

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Volunteer Warden at Woodham Fen.

At Woodham Fen you can witness the unusual habitat in Essex where there is a natural transition from saltmarsh to grassland, bringing with it an interesting array of plant and wildlife species.

Divided by the railway line, the southern side of the reserve is saltmarsh that transitions into rough grassland. The land was originally donated in the 12th century by the Lords of the Manor to the community to graze animals. Now, Essex Wildlife Trust works in partnership with South Woodham Town Council to manage the nature reserve, which lies within a much larger area of common land.


  • Communicate effectively with the Trust’s staff about any issues with the reserve.
  • To assist in the high quality management of Essex Wildlife reserves by regularly visiting a reserve and inspecting the reserve.
  • Dealing with problems as appropriate; talking to people who are conducting improper activities on the reserve, clearing litter or reporting issues to your supervisor.
  • To be independent and go out and conduct inspections when agreed without prompting from a supervisor.
  • Ensure volunteering activities are conducted in a safe manner, ensuring that you adhere to relevant health and safety policies especially lone working policies where relevant.
  • To uphold the values of the Essex Wildlife Trust.  


Special conditions:

  • Must have an adequate level of fitness to participate, this may include walking on uneven ground.
  • Will require own transport to site.

Volunteers need a willingness to be outside for an extended period of time, to closely listen to a supervisor and an ability to work safely with other volunteers.

A good level of fitness is required to be able to work on uneven ground and use handtools safely.  


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel expenses may be reimbursed, but this must be discussed prior to claiming
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 08/11/2019

End Date: 07/11/2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No Yes
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

The warden would be required to inspect the reserve on a weekly basis, in their own time, to check for changes to the reserve. There are also work parties once a month that volunteers can chose to lead.


This opportunity is available in: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Chelmsford, Maldon

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