Vehicle, Plant and Tools Specialist Volunteer

Location: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY
The opportunity to have ownership of and responsibility for maintaining a small but varied fleet of vehicles plant and tools that are essential to enable Herefordshire Wildlife Trust to deliver its core objectives. The chance to work on a wide range of interesting road vehicles, tractors, all terrain vehicles, an all terrain telescopic materials handler and a small range of tractor implements such as a flail, PTO driven chipper and timber winch. Powered hand tools include chainsaws, brush cutters, leaf blowers. The role does not include service of the road going fleet which is carried out externally.

Position details

Commitment

Any Day

Contact details

Annderley Hill

a.hill@herefordshirewt.co.uk / 07341736185

Title of role: Vehicle, Plant and Tools Specialist (VPTS)

Responsible to: Landscapes Team

Status: Voluntary

Hours: ½ or 1 full day per week or as agreed

General Information:

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is a member of The Wildlife Trusts, a nationwide network of local trusts that work to protect wildlife in town and country. Through their care of a network of nature reserves and a range of other conservation and education activities, The Wildlife Trusts are striving for a UK richer in wildlife.  Volunteers are vital not only to practical conservation tasks but also the administrative work that is required to support and promote membership, management of reserves, project work and events. 

Main tasks:

  1. Service and maintain a wide range of vehicles, plant and power tools based at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum.
  2. Make regular safety inspections of vehicles used on the public highway
  3. Maintain and monitor associated records of inspection and service for the fleet of vehicles, plant and power tools. Schedule service and repair of these fleets.
  4. Carry out other tasks as required.

Skills/Qualities Needed

  • Experience of maintaining vehicles, particularly 4x4s, tractors, all terrain vehicles, tractor mounted implements and powered hand tools such as chainsaws and brush cutters.
  • Organised and efficient.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and organise their own work programme.
  • Ability to manage a range of paper based recording forms.

Overview

The opportunity to have ownership of and responsibility for maintaining a small but varied fleet of vehicles plant and tools that are essential to enable Herefordshire Wildlife Trust to deliver its core objectives. The chance to work on a wide range of interesting road vehicles, tractors, all terrain vehicles, an all terrain telescopic materials handler and a small range of tractor implements such as a flail, PTO driven chipper and timber winch. Powered hand tools include chainsaws, brushcutters, leaf blowers. The role does not include service of the road going fleet which is carried out externally.

Resources

The Trust has a range of tools for basic maintenance, spanners, socket sets etc. There are two buildings with concrete floors available as spaces that vehicles and plant can be worked on and a work bench for small tool work.  Service and maintenance regimes are in place with records of previous service and repairs. There is a budget sufficient to meet the demand to maintain the equipment to appropriate standards.

Training

The Volunteer will receive an initial induction to the Trust. Any further training needs will be met by members of the Landscapes team where necessary.

Expenses

The Volunteer may claim their travel expenses incurred travelling to and from their volunteering duties and any training sessions, (taking into account the shortest distance) with authorisation from their manager.