Careers at Wheatfen

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Trainee Warden Vacancy

The Ted Ellis Trust has a rare and exciting opportunity to train and employ an individual looking to pursue a career in conservation to work alongside the warden at Wheatfen Nature Reserve for 12 months to learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to look after this unique Broadland site.

Situated just east of Norwich, Wheatfen in Surlingham is one of the most significant and well-studied wetland nature reserves in Britain. One of the Trust’s main aims is to preserve Wheatfen’s rich and fragile ecology, but above all, it wants to keep its land and wildlife accessible for the enjoyment and education of children, students and everyone interested in nature.

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The Role:

The Trainee Warden will assist the current warden in the organising and carrying out site management and practical conservation tasks; to be a focal point for visitors to Wheatfen and undertake a range of public engagement activities; and to actively support and work with volunteers to assist in the overall site management. Day to day activities will include undertaking a wide range of practical work such as path maintenance, dyke clearance, fen mowing, bridge and boardwalk maintenance, tree and scrub management, building maintenance and site signage.

Requirements for the Trainee Warden:

  • Have a passion for protecting the natural world and sharing this with other people.
  • Readiness to train and use powered tools and equipment for site management.
  • Prepared to work outside at all times of year, often in difficult terrain.
  • Ability to work safely and understand the hazards to yourself, those working with you and the visiting public.
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft applications, particularly Word and Excel.
  • Travel to and work from Wheatfen Nature Reserve in Surlingham.
  • Right to work in the UK.

Terms of role:

  • This is a 12-month Fixed Term Contract.
  • Working 37 hours per week, including Saturdays.
  • National Living Wage at £8.91 per hour, regardless of age.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Wheatfen Warden, Will Fitch, on 01508 538036 or email at

Interested in applying?

Please view the documents below and fill out the application form provided:

Return the completed application form by email to or by post to The Warden, Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Wheatfen Broad, The Covey, Surlingham, Norwich, NR14 7AL.

Closing date: Tuesday 16 March 2021