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Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the county's largest environmental charity, committed to the protection and enhancement of Norfolk's wildlife and wild places.

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If you have time on your hands and want to help Norfolk's wildlife then why not volunteer on some of our fantastic nature reserves. Find out more.
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Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Bewick House
22 Thorpe Road
Migrant hawker, photo by Peter Dent
Stoat, photo by Nick Appleton

Head of Engagement

Full-time, permanent, £37,000 to £39,000 per annum

Would you like to bring people together with nature?

We are seeking an outstanding and dynamic Head of Engagement to help us develop and deliver our strategic ambitions. With a high level of commitment to nature conservation and demonstrable belief in the Trust’s values and objectives could this be the role for you?

In this role you will:
  • Lead a professional and committed team to create exciting engagement and learning experiences for all that inspire communities and visitors to understand, value and save wildlife.
  • Create inspiring, interactive and engaging programmes and projects for communities, schools, families and adults across our nature reserves and in the wider environment of urban and rural Norfolk.
  • Motivate, guide and support local communities groups to take action to protect and conserve their local wildlife and wild places.
  • Further our work with volunteers, ensuring their strategic support and continued commitment to the work of the Trust.
  • Significantly expand our engagement programmes and activities by identifying the resources and structure required.

What we’re looking for:
  •  A passion for developing learning and community action across a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading formal and informal learning programmes and wider-community conservation projects.
  • Great people management skills and the ability to motivate and inspire a diverse, operational, team whilst ensuring they are empowered to do the best in their roles and develop professionally.
  • Someone who is commercially astute and collaborative by nature.
  • A strong strategic thinker to bring a creative approach across the breadth of the Trust’s engagement activity.  
  • Ideally you would be educated to degree level and experienced in the field, and bring experience of successfully managing change and positive cross-function working.
Applications are being processed through the Networx portal
Closing date: midday, Friday 21 February 2020
Interviews: Monday 2 March 2020
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Finance Assistant (maternity cover)

Salary is in the range £18,000 to £20,000 per annum full time equivalent – depending on experience
Temporary post, 35 hours per week

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is seeking a Finance Assistant to assist with all aspects of the financial processing for the expanding operations of the Trust and its subsidiary companies, based at our Head Office in Norwich.

The post holder will report to the Trust’s Finance Officer and undertake all aspects of financial processing using the Sage 200 financial system, together with assisting with general financial and clerical duties including preparing sales invoices, BACs payments and collating the weekly banking for the Trust and its subsidiary companies. The post holder will also provide backup cover for the Trust’s reception function at lunchtime and other times as required.

The successful candidate will have at least one year’s relevant financial processing experience, together with experience of using Sage 200 or equivalent accounting software and good organisational skills.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on 18  March 2020  
Interviews are due to take place in Norwich on 27 March 2020
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Lead Officer (Nature Conservation) x2

Full-time, permanent, £21,000 to £22,000 per annum

We are excited to be able to offer two new Lead Officer roles – one based in the Woods and Heaths team, and the other in the Broads South team. The roles afford the opportunity to be able to use your skills for the conservation of natural habitats.


The Lead Officer posts will be involved in management of some of the region’s most important wildlife sites, and develop valuable skills in maintenance, restoration and protection of some complex nature reserves. It is suitable for anyone with the appropriate skills and experience wishing to further a career in nature conservation and management of protected sites.


Most of our woodland nature reserves are ancient woodland, and include some of the best examples of bluebell woods in the county. The other sites within the area include important heath and mire, and are home to key species such as great crested newt, nightjar, woodlark, keeled skimmer dragonfly, and marsh gentian. Most are designated SSSIs; Foxley Wood is also an NNR.


NWT reserves within the Broads South area are managed for diverse species of wildlife and the many visitors that enjoy this unique area. Some of the species benefiting from the Trust’s management work are bittern, swallowtail butterfly, Norfolk hawker dragonfly, marsh harrier, otter and crane.


Closing date: Midday on Monday 24 February 2020

Interviews are likely to be held on Wednesday 4 or Thursday 5 March 2020

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   Woods & Heaths Lead Officer – Job Description - Download   
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Reserves Assistants – Brecks

(2 posts, 2 year fixed term contracts)
£17,250 - £18,750 per annum (depending on experience)

Generous annual leave allowance, pension contribution and personal development opportunities.

The post holders will be based at NWT East Wretham Heath Reserve, in Norfolk, and will have the opportunity to work at other NWT managed sites within the Brecks and Fens including Weeting Heath, Thompson Common, Wissey Wetlands (a habitat creation scheme in the Fens), and heath re-creation sites within Thetford Forest.  The Reserves Assistants will carry out a variety of tasks, including habitat & species development, infrastructure maintenance, and using a variety of machinery.

The successful candidates will have a good basic knowledge of wildlife conservation and habitat management techniques. Good communication skills are essential, both with colleagues and members of the public, as is the ability to work as part of a team in managing these important sites. The successful candidates will have been trained in the use of tractors and chainsaws, have experience of working on a nature reserve or similar and experience of maintaining tools and equipment. Experience and/or training in livestock handling, brushcutter, ATV, pesticide use, relevant tractor related implements and first aid would be an advantage.

The posts present the opportunity to work on some of the county’s most important wildlife sites, and enhance valuable skills in the development of nature reserves and their visitors.  

Closing date:  Tuesday 18 February 2020
Interviews are likely to take place on Thursday 27 February 2020 at East Wretham Heath, Thetford
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Catering Assistants at Cley Marshes and Holme Dunes

Salary: £8.21 per hour, casual basis
Day time work, with no split shifts

We have opportunities to work at our Cley Marshes and/or Holme Dunes Visitor Centres. Catering Assistants are expected to deliver a high standard service in the café, working as a team, to deliver a friendly and professional service.

Reporting to the Café Supervisor in this important service role, the Catering Assistant will use all best endeavours in the delivery of a quality service to a high standard in a warm and friendly way, responding to the needs to maintain the professional face of NWT in the presentation and delivery of soup, sandwiches, hot beverages and other food stuffs to meet the expectations of NWT and visitors.

The Catering Assistant will be expected to ensure that the café, food preparation and display areas remain clean, tidy and safe at all times and that the brand of the NWT is maintained in all aspects. Proper handling of cash and excellent customer service at all times is essential.

The posts will be removed from the website when positions have been filled. 

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   Cley – Catering Assistant Job Description - June 2019 Download   
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   Holme – Catering Assistant Job Description - June 2019 Download   
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Local Fundraisers - Part-Time/Seasonal(March-October)

Salary: Freelance/self employed/seasonal (typically March-October)
You could start soon by applying today!
Closing date: Applications accepted all year round

Location: Vacancies throughout Norfolk

Are you passionate about the region’s wildlife and looking to earn some extra income by doing something that you really believe in? Would you like to help Norfolk Wildlife Trust achieve its aim of finding new members in your local area and beyond? If you enjoy walking, and have around 15 hours a week to spare, primarily during weekday evenings, then we would love you to become a Local Fundraiser.

You will be working in your local area for FMR Solutions Ltd (established 1995) a specialist wildlife charity membership recruitment agency, on behalf of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Our “Soft Approach” method secures committed and generous supporters who remain members long term. The work is generally seasonal, from March until the end of October. However, some of our Local Fundraisers also work through the winter months. Local Fundraisers use the unique 'Soft Approach' method, which involves you going door to door in the more prosperous areas. However, unlike other “face to face” fundraising jobs, there is no selling or persuading involved. Your attitude will be friendly and informal. We use a booklet about the Trust to do the “selling”. It’s your job to get the booklet out to interested people and to help with the “sign-up” via direct debit, if people decide to become members. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is registered with the Fundraising Regulator and adheres to its standards.

  • Outdoor work, involving walking
  • Travel by car or bicycle will be required
  • Local Fundraisers required from March 2020, but start date flexible
  • No hard selling involved
  • Training given

Initially, during a 2-week Trial Period, you will work 15 hours per week Monday - Friday evenings, paid at £10 per hour.

The Trial Period is for you to discover if you enjoy doing this kind of work and for us to discover if you are likely to make a success of it. The hourly rate is paid irrespective of the end result, and should be regarded as a "safety net" so that those who are sceptical about our “Soft Approach” method can try it without any financial risk to themselves or the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

After a successful 2-week Trial Period, you could earn on average £54 per direct debit “sign-up”, so £702 - £1170* per month achievable, - on a freelance/self-employed basis. Earnings could be more or less than this. The end result is somewhat unpredictable. But there are no targets to meet, and you have complete flexibility regarding the hours/the days you work. *3-5 sign-ups” per week.

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FMR Solutions Ltd is working on behalf of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, helping to raise public awareness and critical funding. If you'd like to know more about the Local Fundraiser post and apply, please visit (Please note no other NWT vacancies are dealt with by FMR Solutions.  You can find information on how to apply for these roles within the Job Details for each vacancy.)