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Assistant Countryside Ranger

Salary details: £21575 - £21968

Dorset Council
Ringwood, United Kingdom
Occupational group
Natural Environment
Salary details
£21,575 - £21,968
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Benjamin Wallbridge
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Contact telephone
Closing Date
12 June 2023 11:30 PM
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Assistant Countryside Ranger

 37 Hours per week

Salary - £21,575 - £21,968 per annum 

Avon Heath Country Park, Dorset 

What’s in it for you:

The successful applicant would be part of a friendly and highly motivated team who run Avon Heath Country Park. The postholder will make a real difference to the wildlife and visitors to the county's park.
The team has a collaborative to work and are always looking at how we can improve the way we work, so welcome new and fresh ideas. We aim to provide a great day out for our visitors and carry out lots of practical work to manage the SSSI heathland habitats.
So if you have a friendly and helpful approach to visitors, and love getting your hands dirty managing habitats, we are keen to hear from you.

What you can expect to be doing:

You will be working closely with Rangers and apprentices to carry out practical management of the heath and the amenity areas such as the green and play area. You will also be helping out with interpretation, running events, answer visitors questions and carrying out ecological surveys.

About you:

We are looking for a highly motivated and hard working individual with experience of visitor and habitat management. You will need practical experience and knowledge in construction, horticulture, grounds maintenance or landscape contracting and/or a BTEC or equivalent in countryside skills i.e. National Certificate, National Diploma or minimum of NVQ Level 2 in Environmental Conversation or other relevant course.
You are also likely to have a practical qualifications in:
• Chainsaw
• Brush cutter
• Ride-on mower
• Pesticide application
You are also likely to have experience of working in a customer facing environment.

Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents
  • have ambitious aspirations
  • are excited about our future
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success


You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn.

Contact details:

Ben Wallbridge - ben.wallbridge@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Additional information: 

This role will require a full driving licence and is subject to a DBS check.

This post involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them. It will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. See our policy on the employment of ex-offenders.

We use generic job descriptions and person specifications. This means the job title on any attachments may differ from the job title in the advert. We may provide specific information in a context statement if relevant.

We cannot accept CVs in the place of an application form as we need the same range of information from all our candidates.


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