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Warden Vacancy details are at the foot of this page

The home of the Ted Ellis Trust at Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Surlingham, Norfolk

Wheatfen Broad, The Covey, off The Green, Surlingham, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 7AL

Warden: David Nobbs - Telephone: 01508 538036
Email: info@wheatfen.org

• Please note : Dogs are not allowed on the reserve. Access for wheelchair users (also pushchairs/buggies) is limited to the boardwalk leading to The Thatch, as most paths are tracks through marsh and woodland.

The Ted Ellis Trust is a registered charity no. 296966

Job vacancy - Warden - Wheatfen Nature Reserve

Wheatfen Nature Reserve at Surlingham is one of the largest wholly independent nature reserves in East Anglia. Its 140 acres of woodland, broad and fen bordering the River Yare was once home to renowned naturalist Ted Ellis until his death in 1986.

With the retirement of our Warden, a new full-time Warden is required by the Trust. David Nobbs, Warden at Wheatfen, is retiring in May. David has cared for the Reserve, with the help of a willing group of volunteers, for the past 25 years. He leaves the Reserve in excellent shape, most recently supervising the restoration of the pond that fronts the Thatched information hide. So now the Trust is looking for a new Warden to take on the challenge of maintaining Wheatfen for future generations to enjoy.

Main duties will include conservation and visitor management, wildlife recording, supervision of volunteers, educational and public-facing engagements.

Starting salary circa 22,000.

Closing date for applications 4pm, 20th February. Interviews Tuesday 7th March.

Application form downloads:

Job description (PDF) here
Application form (Microsoft Word) here
Application form (PDF) here

Please return completed application forms by email to dick.meadows@virgin.net

Please note:
    • Please use section F to expand on your application, additional sheets or space can be used if required.
    • incomplete forms and "please see enclosed CV" will not be considered;
    • late forms will not be accepted;
    • in the interests of economy, only those applicants who are short-listed for interview will be communicated with further;
    • please complete in type or black ink.
    • If you use the Apple Mac programme Pages for any part of your application please convert to a pdf before sending to us.