Eithne moved on to work on our Meadow Keepers project as our Grassland Management volunteer, using the skills she had learned in leading groups and using identification and surveying knowledge to help various green space groups around York to manage their grasslands and monitor the wildlife that is there. From there, Eithne did various bits of project work at St Nicks and is currently our Project Officer working on our Green Corridors York project.
“My role as Park Ranger involved leading groups, primarily in practical habitat management tasks: tree felling, laying hedges and path maintenance for example, which we’d plan for earlier in the week. I really enjoyed working with such a varied group of people, from all backgrounds and walks of life. It made for a very inclusive and friendly atmosphere; it was a great dynamic! One of the main skills needed for the jobs I’m looking for (ranger & warden roles) is leading and managing groups of volunteers. Through species identification and survey training, I was also able to improve my identification skills and contribute to monitoring the wildlife around the nature reserve. Being a Park Ranger gave me the opportunity to learn those skills which I am continuing to hone in my current role at St Nicks.”
Sean was a Park Ranger from late summer into winter. He led our volunteers in a variety of tasks including hedgelaying, coppicing, tree felling, scrub management and many more.
“Being a Park Ranger at St Nicks is great. There are new tasks to do every week, so I’ve learned lots of new skills and enjoy passing some of these on to others. It has also made me a more confident person. It’s a privilege to be a part of the friendly and supportive St Nicks team. It’s good to help improve the habitat for wildlife at this wonderful urban nature reserve. But for me the most rewarding aspect of the Park Ranger role is the wide range of people, from all sorts of backgrounds, I get to work with.”