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Job Vacancies

For further details of the position, please telephone Andy Tucker on 01962 733051.

Please note that acknowledgements will be sent only to those applicants invited to interview.

How to apply

Please post a typed copy of your CV, accompanied by a hand-written letter outlining your background, any relevant information, and why you consider yourself suitable for the position, to:

Andy Tucker, Naturetrek, Mingledown Barn, Wolf's Lane, Chawton, Hants GU34 3HJ


Administration Assistant (Sales & Reservations)

An exciting opportunity has become available to join Leading Specialist Wildlife Tour Operator Naturetrek in their Sales & Reservations Team. Strong customer service skills, excellent telephone manner and meticulous attention to detail essential. Interest in wildlife and/or travel preferred. Full time position. Phone Gini Whitlock at Naturetrek on 01962 733051. Send c.v. with handwritten letter to Naturetrek, Mingledown Barn, Wolf’s Lane, Chawton, Hampshire GU34 3HJ.

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full-time (9am – 5.30pm, or similar)
Holiday: 20 days, initially, plus Bank Holidays
Replacement position: Yes
Closing date: Open

Tailor Made Consultant

This is an exciting opportunity to combine a passion for the natural world with a rewarding position at the market-leading wildlife tour operator. We are looking for an energetic, well-travelled wildlife expert to join our Naturetrek Tailormade team (at our Mingledown Barn office, near Alton, Hampshire) to market, design and sell unique wildlife experiences to those clients of ours who prefer not to travel as part of a group. In addition the successful applicant will be asked to actively improve and develop our holiday product by visiting and researching new regions each year. The role will include the packaging of such new destinations and, more importantly, all aspects of both the organisation and operation of Naturetrek Tailormade itineraries to both these new, and existing, Naturetrek destinations. As well as being a keen naturalist, and having wide-ranging travel experience, the successful applicant will require meticulous administration skills, attention to detail, accuracy, common sense, good literacy and numeracy skills, a confident telephone manner, motivation within a busy office, and a natural ability for flexibility and negotiation. Computer competence and skills are also essential. Previous travel trade experience is preferred, but is not essential.

When not occasionally researching destinations, the role will be office-based, offering advice to Naturetrek clients, using both phone and email, dealing with hotels, airlines, local ground operators, guides and other suppliers.

Salary

A competitive remuneration package (plus pension contributions), commensurate with experience, is offered. You will also have the advantage of occasional discounted holidays offered by our suppliers and tourist boards.

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full-time (9am – 5.30pm, or similar)
Holiday: 20 days, initially, plus Bank Holidays
New position: No
Replacement position: Yes
Closing date: Open

Operations Manager

This is an exciting opportunity to combine both office and field work. We are looking for a well-travelled and experienced wildlife expert to combine the management of a portfolio of Naturetrek holidays (from our Mingledown Barn  office, near Alton, Hampshire) with the leadership of around  4 to 5 tours each year. In addition the successful applicant will be asked to actively improve and develop our holiday product by visiting and researching new regions each year. The role will include the packaging of such new destinations and, more importantly, all aspects of the both the organisation and operation of Naturetrek tours to both these new, and existing Naturetrek destinations.

As well as expert wildlife and travel knowledge, the successful applicant will require meticulous administration skills, attention to detail, accuracy, common sense, good literacy and numeracy skills, a confident telephone manner, motivation within a busy office, and a natural ability for flexibility and negotiation. Wide-ranging computer skills are also essential. Previous travel trade experience is preferred, but is not essential.

When not leading or researching tours, the role will be office-based, dealing with hotels, airlines, local ground operators, tour leaders and other suppliers, as well as offering advice to Naturetrek clients, using both phone and email.

Salary

A good salary package (plus rewarding incentive scheme and pension contributions), commensurate with experience, is negotiable. You will also have the advantage of occasional discounted holidays offered by our suppliers and tourist boards.

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full-time (9am – 5.30pm, or similar)
Holiday: 20 days, initially, plus Bank Holidays
New position: Yes – due to business expansion
Replacement position: No
Closing date: Open

Ornithologist/Naturalist Tour Leaders

We are always looking for expert and enthusiastic ornithologists and naturalists, preferably with wide all-round natural history knowledge and experience, to lead Naturetrek’s natural history tour groups overseas on a freelance basis, particularly to Europe, but also to Africa, Asia, Australasia, the Americas, and occasionally to the Arctic and Antarctica.

As well as being an expert birder or naturalist, with an extensive portfolio of overseas experience relevant to Naturetrek destinations, a successful applicant will need to be both a natural organiser and communicator, and gregarious and outgoing. A good sense of humour, positive outlook and the ability to make each holiday ‘fun’, as well as educational, are further essential qualities. As well as organising, managing and leading each group, each applicant may also need to demonstrate experience of driving a 9-seater minibus (used on some western European tours) and the ability to be calm and proactive in problem-solving.

An ability to present clear post-tour accounts, and to write well and to produce post-tour natural history ‘tour reports’, preferably illustrated with digital images taken on tour, is also required. Additional work may include overseas tour research and the enhancement of the Naturetrek programme of natural history tours.

Salary/fee

Negotiable, and depending on experience.

Terms & contract information

Employment: Freelance, per-tour contract, though some tours leaders are full-time, salaried staff members.
Hours: On call 24 hours each day whilst on tour