Cumbria Connect Community Ranger


Lowther Estate, Cumbria
£26,379 - £28,319 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 2nd June 2024   4 days left

Are you a people person with a passion for nature and upland landscapes? This could be the job for you.

We are looking for a people person with a passion for nature to drive the community involvement element of our Landscape Recovery Scheme. Working alongside the Cumbria Connect People and Places Officer you will help to shape the role people play in nature recovery for a generation. The Community Ranger will support the landscape recovery teams work during the 2-year development stage. You will inspire and engage local communities and audiences in nature recovery and lead on the production of access and stakeholder plans. These plans will underpin our vision for the project area over the 20+ year implementation phase of the scheme.

As the face of the scheme in communities from Kendal to Penrith, you will work collaboratively with partners, stakeholders, farmers, businesses, visitors, groups and consultants to inform the plans, creating an inclusive nature recovery network. Listening to people will further our understanding of the value of our landscapes cultural and natural heritage and community needs and dynamics.

You will pilot enjoyable and accessible activities which appeal to different audiences, creating a strong sense of engagement and community support, building capacity and furthering community cohesion and drawing on lessons learnt and consultants reports to inform the vision, plans and proposals for Kendal2Penrith Arc. You will increase awareness, understanding and enjoyment of priority habitats and species, nature friendly farming, cultural heritage, nature restoration, countryside skills and citizen science, further encouraging people to connect with and take action for nature. 

You will be joining the Landscape Recovery Scheme from the start, and work alongside a new team under the umbrella of Cumbria Connect, which is already successfully working with partners to restore a nature-rich environment to uplands in Cumbria.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • Working on nature conservation/community projects
  • Organising and facilitating community workshops and meetings 
  • Understanding, analysing and interpreting data to inform planning 
  • Producing reports and presentations 
  • Creative thinking skills and innovative thinking
  • Communicating with and influencing a wide variety of people 
  • People focused with an empathic, inclusive and outgoing character
  • High level of IT competency and experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. 

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Developing new projects 
  • Working in a partnership 
  • Understanding of rural upland communities, including farming communities 
  • Focus on prioritising and achieving objectives
  • A pro-active attitude in ‘making things happen’
  •  Sound knowledge of ecosystems, species and habitats

This is a Fixed-Term (21 month contract), Full time role for 37.5 hours per week until 30th April 2026

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 10th June 2024. For further information please contact Martin Varley, [email protected]

As part of this application you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete a short form. If you wish to provide a cover letter with your application, please include this at the end of your CV document upload.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

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