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Ranger Services Manager

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location   England (London & Greater) - UK
Town/City   Parklands Area – Currently (1x North Base and 1South Base)
Salary   £42,570 - £50,679 per annum, plus flexible benefits - 35 hours per week (Monday – Sunday Shift Rota)
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   29/01/2023
Company Name   Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
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The award-winning Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin. The park provides a unique 'natural' corridor on London’s doorstep and provides a vital refuge for wildlife. It contains a variety of landscapes and open spaces to enjoy including the internationally important wetland sites that form the Lee Valley Special Protection Area and Ramsar site, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, industrial heritage sites and nature reserves.

Overview of the Open Spaces Team

The Open Spaces Team are not only the guardians of the Park on the ground but they are its eyes and ears too.  One large team split over two different locations they look after an array of different habitats from wetland wonders to urban oases covering parts of the Lee Valley SPA and Ramsar Site, four SSSI’s, and numerous locally designated wildlife sites. The recently opened Wildlife Discovery Centre is the current jewel in the crown of the River Lee Country Park and is staffed by dedicated members of the open spaces team along with some of our wonderful volunteers who support the Park on a regular basis.  There are many opportunities to develop the conservation value and engagement with sites throughout the park but also for personal development as an individual.

What does the role look like?

Reporting directly in to the Head of Parklands as one of two Ranger Service Managers, you will be responsible for a team of Rangers, Assistant Rangers and other officers on a daily basis to ensure that agreed standards, including the retention of awards such as Green Flag and London In Bloom are maintained throughout the Park whilst ensuring all health and safety regulations are met. You will lead the area’s Ranger team to ensure that site management plans are in place and provide regular guidance and 1-1’s. A close working relationship with other Authority colleagues including the Biodiversity, Communications, Volunteers, and Events Teams and external partners and stakeholders is key.

Open spaces will have a key focus over the coming years with investment planned throughout the Park, this role will play an important part in overseeing the implementation of some of these projects either directly or through delegation within the team, both specific and annual budget management is also a feature along with input into planning applications to help ensure the protection of LVRPA land holdings, plus maximizing external funding opportunities these may bring.

Working closely and building good working relationships with key stakeholders and adjoining landholders such as neighbouring councils, Network Rail, Canal and Rivers Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England is a fundamental part of the role. You will also be an important representative of the team for our board of members’ visits around the Park.  

What attributes are we looking for in a candidate?

  • An enthusiastic countryside professional with proven experience of managing a variety of habitats.
  • A recognised and relevant post-A level qualification e.g. Degree or equivalent in countryside management, Project Management and IOSSH Managing Safely or other related discipline. 
  • Proven line manager experience
  • A flexible approach with good motivational skills Experience of engaging with volunteers and community activities.
  • Proven Budget Management experience
  • A full manual driving licence is essential

Successful applicants will be required to obtain a Disclosure Certificate from the Criminal Records Bureau, for which assistance will be given.

If you feel that you have the right blend of personality and skills for this role, please apply online using the link provided or complete an application form (download from the link below) and return it to jobs@leevalleypark.org.uk

Closing date:  29 January 2023

Link for applications Here.

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