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Specialist Ranger - Woodlands

Employer
Warwickshire County Council
Location
Kingsbury
Salary
£31,364 - £33,945 per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2024
Reference
RA0006088

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Environment / Conservation
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
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Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

About Us

The Country Parks Service manages a portfolio of five Country Parks, three Greenways and two nature reserves across Warwickshire, welcoming around a million visits every year. 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced ranger, with hands on knowledge of tree and woodland management across a variety of habitats to join our dedicated, passionate team of rangers and specialist rangers. The post will be based at our flagship site in the north of the county, Kingsbury Water Park, and will work alongside the North Ranger team, also covering Pooley and Hartshill Hayes Country Parks. The woodland specialism element of the role will cover the whole portfolio of sites across Warwickshire, with everyday ranger duties focusing on the north. All our sites are manged with both visitors and wildlife in mind, balancing the needs of recreation with conservation.

The Role

Excellent customer service is at the heart of what we do, and being confident and welcoming with members of the public from all walks of life is an essential part of the role. Working within a team, your duties will include practical habitat management, public access works, site compliance, and safety checks.

Working weekends and bank holidays in all weathers, you’ll be using work vehicles to travel across the parks, helping to promote and assist visitors’ enjoyment of the countryside. You will also lead, as well as contribute to, events and school visits; ensure our parks are clean and tidy, carrying out routine maintenance as required; lead and manage volunteer groups; monitor car parking; and act as a bailiff for the fishery at Kingsbury Water Park. You may also be required to work at other parks across the county and work additional hours.

As the woodland specialist, you will be responsible for applying for funding and felling licenses, drawing up woodland management plans, engaging with internal and external stakeholders around arboriculture, conducting tree safety checks, and implementing our tree safety approach.

Key requirements 

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Degree or equivalent in environmental science/ ecology/ woodland management or similar
  • Experience of managing woodland habitats
  • Experience of preparation and implementation of site management plans
  • Knowledge of conservation, recreation and countryside issues and have developed practical countryside skills
  • Relevant activities include the use of brush cutters, tractors, trailers, chainsaws, chippers and ride-on mowers
  • As you’ll be managing a variety of relationships it’s important you have strong communication skills and experience of leading on and providing events for children
  • It is essential that you want to work weekends and bank holidays and equally important you can work within a team, providing support to your colleagues, as well as working on your own initiative. 
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure are also required.

For further information please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

Working for Warwickshire – This is the difference you make

Warwickshire County Council is a place where everyone feels valued, included, safe, supported, and welcome. Our people are at the heart of this vision, could you be one of them!? 

At Warwickshire County Council we are committed to ensuring Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure.  Our people vision for Warwickshire County Council is a great place to work where diverse and talented people are enabled to be their best.  

Your future matters to us, we provide a generous pension scheme which includes an employer contribution rate of typically around 19 percent per month, to help support your financial security during retirement. The scheme also offers a valuable package of benefits for members and their dependants. To find out more please visit: Warwickshire Pension Fund homepage – Warwickshire Pension Fund'   

The benefits we offer include agile working, a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees working in local government, generous annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays and an additional day at Christmas, and access to Vivup benefits and discounts platform.  

Click here to view the benefits at Warwickshire County Council. 

Additional Information

Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Please be advised successful applicants will be subject to a range of pre-engagement checks, including a relevant Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). In accordance with the DBS code of practice and our own policy, should an individual have a declared criminal offence an individual assessment will be completed. Warwickshire County Council adheres to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. 

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required. You must be able to speak and provide advice in accurate spoken English to the public.  

For further information about the role please contact Thomas Crawford, Country Parks Operations Manager, 01926 412838, thomascrawford@warwickshire.gov.uk

Closing date: midnight Wednesday 3rd July 

Interview date: 24 & 25th July 2024

Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contact hrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.uk and we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements. 

Warwickshire County Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce. See more 

Company

As a local authority we take on a wide range of roles, whether we are providing specialist care and support to the most vulnerable in our communities, or championing Warwickshire as a choice for business through our work to promote economic growth and innovation.

Warwickshire is famous the world over as Shakespeare’s county— but that’s only half the story.  We’re also vibrant and modern. One of the fastest growing commercial regions in the UK, we’re home to many leading companies and developing exciting opportunities for everyone who lives and works here. 

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We pride ourselves on being an innovative employer that like to encourage new ways of working. Likewise, our ability to make decisions quickly is as important to us as it is to our customers.

We work actively with partner organisations to deliver our core services:

  • Schools and Learning
  • Social Care and Health
  • Community Safety
  • Environment and Planning
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Roads and Travel

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