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Ranger - Thorndon Country Park

Reference   (21895)  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   England (South East)
Town/City   Contract: Permanent Working Hours: Full-time
Salary   Salary: Starting at £20,000 pa. Contract: Permanent Working Hours: Full-time
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   10/04/2019
Company Name   Essex County Council
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Website   Further Details / Applications
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Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

Job Purpose

Essex is a diverse county with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country through to highly affluent communities, which gives us a wide variance in life expectancy and quality. Culture and Green Spaces will deliver exceptional customer experiences, demonstrating the benefit of Essex’s strategic location, with the objective of developing a financially sustainable operation.

The Ranger is responsible for undertaking duties to effectively manage the green spaces across Essex, to enhance conservation across the landscape and horticultural value in line with the requirement to achieve a high quality of land management. In addition, ensuring that the sites are a safe and well-presented environment for the visiting public. Rangers deliver all customer service elements which would include activities, events, community involvement and special interest groups.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

  • Support the requirement to build and maintain effective relationships with neighbours, stakeholders and partners by liaising with other landowners and community groups.
  • Undertake and participate in a range of projects to contribute to the effectiveness of activities and share knowledge and expertise on all country park activities.
  • Contribute to creating a safe environment for visitors by conducting regular checks of the country parks and to ensure it is a clean and safe environment for all visitors and users.
  • Responsible for aspects of the day to day operation of the site and its facilities, ensuring the site is well presented and maintained at all times, good repair regimes and clear work programmes are followed. 
  • Contribute to the management of the land to enhance its nature conversation, habitat and landscape management, historic features and structures, for recreational and amenity value to achieve a high quality of land management to support the sites management plan and contribute to maintaining the Greenflag status across all sites.
  • Contribute to ensuring country parks meet all legislative requirements including all bylaws, health and safety and other relevant legislation, carrying out regular Health and Safety checks and completing all relevant paperwork/reports in line with the parks procedures
  • Responsibility for the management of casual staff, volunteers and work experience placements to ensure they are fully supported in their daily tasks. 
  • Engage with customers to consider and improve the visitor’s experience; dealing with issues and problems involving visitors that occur within a country park.
  • Liaise across the Council, such as education and events to help build and run programmes across the service.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Educated to degree level in countryside management or equivalent by experience in country park management.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to demonstrate good customer service.
  • Evidence of delivering excellent customer service across a wide range of people.
  • Understanding and experience of ecological/habitat management and the Country Parks ethos and commitment to promoting enjoyment of the countryside.
  • Evidence of working within a team to achieve joint objectives.
  • Experience of planning and managing resources, including staff and services, arranging for purchases as required, in line with procedures and maintaining records.
  • Experience of maximising income generation within a country park setting.

Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits

To apply go here.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*

*Calls to this number are charged in the same way as calls to numbers starting 01 or 02, please check with your service provider.


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