Ranger - Dungeness
Salary £18,612 to £21,465 per annum
Full Time, Fixed term for 1 year
White Cliffs Countryside Project, Property Services
Dover and Shepway districts are steeped in history including the iconic White Cliffs of Dover and the internationally important coastal landscape of Dungeness National Nature Reserve.
A new Ranger is required to help with rangering, visitor management and practical management of Dungeness National Nature Reserve. The Ranger should enjoy working with the public and be able to communicate and convince people of the national importance of Dungeness. The Ranger will carry out practical work on the ground, often with the help of volunteers, to maintain and enhance sites of high wildlife and landscape value. The Ranger will be expected to have knowledge of wildlife and conservation management, as well as management of public access, leading and training local volunteers in practical management of the National Nature Reserve at Dungeness.
It is a requirement of this post to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, to help provide a staff presence seven days a week, for which time off in lieu can be taken.
- Practical skills such as use of hand and power tools, application of herbicides, first aid at work.
- Knowledge and practical experience of land management for conservation, with training and experience in use of hand tools, power tools (e.g. brushcutter) as well as experience of use of herbicides for the control of invasive plants.
- Enjoy communicating with a wide range of people with the ability to deal tactfully with the public including enforcement of bylaws for countryside sites
- An interest in wildlife with the ability to explain and convince people about the local and national importance of Dungeness and the need for its protection.
- Knowledge and experience of working on footpaths and public access with experience in maintaining and repairing wooden structures (e.g. board walk, fingerposts and waymarkers, interpretation panels, bollards)
- Experience as a volunteer preferably in environmental conservation, together with experience of leading and motivating volunteers in practical conservation.
- Experience of working shifts and unsocial hours to help provide a presence a Dungeness for seven days a week
- Education to at least A Level or HND or similar with a qualification in countryside management or a related subject (or extensive practical experience in countryside management)
- Driving licence (or the ability to deliver materials and volunteers to countryside sites)
- Knowledge and experience of Dungeness and local countryside sites
- Training and experience in the use and maintenance of other power tools (e.g. chain saw, reciprocal mower etc.)
- Experience of leading school groups and environmental education would be an advantage
- Experience of working with film crews would be an advantage
This role involves the use of vibration equipment. All job offers will be subject to satisfactory medical clearance. We will ask you to complete a medical questionnaire which will be sent to our occupational health medical advisor. You may be asked to undergo a medical.
This post requires you to have a full driving licence.
Interviews will be held in the week commencing 16 October 2017