Current Opportunities

Are you our next team member? We have an opportunity for a seasonal Fossil Warden, spending the summer on the beaches of the World Heritage Site, promoting Site safety and responsible fossil collecting. A real opportunity to engage, excite and embed a love for the Jurassic Coast! 

Job Title: Seasonal Fossil Warden

Salary: £10.60 per hour

Hours: 35 per week, includes ‘out of hours’ working and weekends.

This role is based on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, specifically at Charmouth and Lyme Regis beaches. Our office is based in Dorchester, Dorset


This key role, working with our existing Fossil Warden,  is the face of the Jurassic Coast Trust to the thousands of visitors who enjoy the beaches of Charmouth and Lyme Regis throughout the summer. We are looking for a friendly, communicative individual who is happy to approach all visitors and can help them to get the best from their visit. The Fossil Warden will promote responsible and safe  fossil collecting and also engage visitors with the Site, offering helpful safety information. The post holder will also spend time within the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, assisting with recording specimens to the West Dorset Fossil Collecting Code and the Jurassic Coast Collection.

Key Responsibilities:

(i) To assist with the delivery of the World Heritage Site Partnership Plan through the

practical provision of good practice for fossil collecting in the Charmouth and Lyme

Regis area.

(i) Promotion of awareness of health and safety issues to visitors on the local beaches.

(ii) Responsible for day-to-day personal administration including time recording.

(iii) Contribute to the compilation of an annual report on the effectiveness of the

seasonal post.

(iv) Supporting and contributing to the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre operation.

(v) Providing support for marketing and promotion of the ‘responsible fossil collecting

and good practice along the local beaches.

(vi) Being a ‘front line’ member of staff, including day to day contact with visitors on the

beach for the Jurassic Coast Trust and being a source of information, advice and


(vii) Being a point of contact and advice for individuals, other organisations and

colleagues on good practice.

(viii) Liaising with and supporting emergency services to promote public safety.

(iX) Administration of the West Dorset Fossil Collecting Code and the Jurassic Coast Collection, including registering of fossils and database update.

Person Specification:

A good working knowledge of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, in particular fossils and fossil collecting in West Dorset.

A good working knowledge of the natural environment, countryside law, national, regional and local policy.

Good communication skills and a high level of motivation.

High awareness of a wide range of health and safety issues.

Full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Knowledge of IT (Microsoft Office) and report writing.

Enthusiasm, adaptability and ability to work under own initiative.


JCT welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, the organisation may employ positive action where candidates from under-represented groups demonstrate their ability to perform the role.

How to apply:

The full Job Description and Person Specification can be found here. Please write an introductory letter, outlining how your skills and experience match our requirements as detailed above. We are very keen to know what excites you about working for the Jurassic Coast Trust.

Please send your introductory letter and your CV to Chris Reedman, Palaeontological Lead at the Jurassic Coast Trust:

The closing date for this post is Friday 27th May 2022 at 5pm.