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Countryside Ranger

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High Peak Trail - Middleton Top Visitor Centre, Matlock
Salary details
Grade 8 £25,582 - £27,493 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term - Covering for secondment until 10 March 2024
37 hours per week
Closing Date
02 April 2023
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Do you have a real passion for our countryside and heritage?  If so, we have an exciting opportunity for a Countryside Ranger to join our dedicated team at Middleton Top Countryside Centre, near Wirksworth.

Our vision is to protect, enhance and promote the network of countryside sites across the county, for people, strong communities, and a healthy and nature-rich environment, if you’re a committed individual with excellent communication skills with knowledge and experience of balancing recreation and conservation with high quality visitor engagement then this role could be perfect for you.

We’re looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to work with us in the iconic Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site, the Cromford Canal, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and High Peak Trail, part of the Pennine Bridleway, all of which are popular with walkers, cyclist and horse riders all wanting to enjoy the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.

What will you be doing;

  • Supporting the day to day operation and management of the sites and facilities
  • Providing information and assistance to your team and visitors
  • Opening and closing the centres, as well as handling money, and cashing up
  • Working with local businesses, communities/groups to develop countryside / environmental projects.
  • Working flexibly as part of a team to meet customer requirements and service needs

What skills/experience do you need?

  • Proven countryside management, wildlife and heritage conservation experience.
  • Skills in landscape, habitat, & water bodies management
  • Experience of trail/path maintenance &access improvements
  • Experience of leading on the organisation and delivery of events and activities in countryside/park environment
  • Be confident using Information Technology (IT)
  • Have an awareness of and interest in current environmental issues affecting the countryside.

In return, we offer commitment to your continuing professional development with ongoing training opportunities in a supportive team, as well as range of benefits including:

  • a minimum of 25 days of annual leave plus another 5 once you reach 5 years of continuous service
  • time off in lieu
  • generous local government pension scheme
  • guaranteed incremental annual pay increases
  • cycle to work scheme

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Mark Brailsford on 07990 796192

For more information on other vacancies in our Countryside team, the wonderful work we do and the benefits we can offer simply visit; https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/working-for-us/jobs/countryside/countryside-service-jobs.aspx

Provisional Interview Date 10 April 2023

Saturday and Sunday hours will be paid at plain time where it is part of your normal working pattern unless it is between 7pm and 7am, where enhanced rates of pay apply. Enhanced pay rates are paid for Bank Holiday working.