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Environment Ranger

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   Scotland (Central)
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   28/05/2019
Company Name   Forestry and Land Scotland
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Website   Further Details / Applications
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The Central Region of Forestry and Land Scotland is headed by the Regional Manager and employs over 125 FTE staff. This Region has 5 main teams; Delivery, Visitor Services, Planning, Estates and Administration. The Environment Team sits within Planning and consists of 2 Environment Foresters (based in the Aberfoyle office) and 2 Environment Rangers (1 based in West Calder and 1 based in Glenbranter). The Environment Team is led by the Environment Advisor.

The Central Region extends from West Calder in the East through to Glenbranter in the West with Aberfoyle being a central location. Geographically the region is made up of low lying holdings in the East to high mountainous forestry and open land in the West.

The Central Region manages about 90,000ha of the national forest estate and several other areas in partnership with Local Authorities. The main themes of management are local community use, multipurpose management of existing woodlands, and creation of new woodlands on newly acquired land. Other key areas are Renewables and Estates development work.

The Environment Team focus on supporting Regional Delivery. This includes the control of non-native invasive species, managing Scheduled Monuments, as well as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The team also look after priority open habitats; especially lowland raised bog restoration and priority species such as the great crested newt, black grouse, and red squirrels.

Purpose of the Job

Working as part of the Planning & Environment Team, you will report to the Environment Advisor in West Calder and deliver the FLS National and Regional priorities. This will include:

Person specification


  • Knowledge and experience of Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
  • Experience of working in woodlands.

  • Experience of supervising land management operations;
  • Experience of species, heritage or habitat surveying and monitoring.


The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK.



  • HND or NPC/Lantra training or working towards this.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please see above for further information
  • Surveying for species, habitats and heritage features for operational planning;
  • Inputting species, habitat and heritage feature information into work plans with support from the Environment Advisor;
  • Supervising works and surveys relating to conservation;
  • Monitoring Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Monuments;
  • Inputting to Forester Conservation and Heritage Layers.

    You will work alongside teams based in West Calder, Blairadam and Clydebank and as part of your role you will be required to travel throughout the Central belt of Scotland. Transport will be provided for this purpose. This post will be based at Five Sisters House, West Calder.

    Key Work Areas
  • Provide Species and Heritage support and information to other teams;
  • Support the delivery of Regional Conservation and heritage site management;
  • Support the management of the data in the GIS Conservation and Heritage Modules.

    Technical Skills

  • HND or NPC/Lantra training or working towards this;
  • Full UK Driving License.
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