Senior Countryside Ranger

Teignbridge District Council

Dawlish Warren, Devon
£30,296 - £31,364 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Thursday, 30th May 2024  


We need you to come and play a key part in managing our flagship countryside site Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve for wildlife and people.

One of the most important sites for wildlife in Europe, Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation, and forms a key part of the Exe Estuary Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site. Hosting hundreds of flowering plant species, thousands of birds and invertebrates, the Warren and its habitats are exceptional.

In addition to this, Dawlish Warren is a significant tourist resort and is a destination for visits from schools and universities from across the country. The role will ensure that the site management targets and obligations are delivered throughout the year for the benefit of wildlife and people. 

The role involves ensuring a site presence across weekends and bank holidays on a rota that operates on a 3-week cycle. 

We can offer:

  • Flexible working.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Good annual leave and wellbeing package.
  • Generously discounted gym membership at Teignbridge District Council Leisure Centres.
  • Opportunities for career and self-development.

What we are looking for from you:

  • Degree in countryside management (or equivalent experience and theoretical knowledge).
  • Substantial experience in Warden/Ranger-type role including leading a team and volunteers, forward planning work programmes and implementing safe systems of work.
  • Experience of managing species and habitats for nature conservation and practical aptitude to construct and install countryside furniture.
  • Good bird/wildlife identification skills and the patience to observe and monitor.
  • Ability to engage with the public and groups to educate, inspire and involve them in countryside management.
  • Adaptability to work in all weathers and work on a rota basis covering weekends, early mornings, and late evenings.
  • A valid UK driving licence.

We are working together to achieve our vision of “Making Teignbridge a healthy and desirable place where people want to live, work and visit”. We do this by taking personal ownership for the quality of the work we do, the quality of the relationships we develop and for driving improvements in our services. If this sounds like you, and you are looking for an opportunity to contribute your expertise within an environment that will value and support you, then we look forward to your application.

It is vital to read the full job description and person specification for this role - it will help you to understand whether your knowledge, skills and experience match the job requirements. In your supporting statement please tell us how you meet each of the essential criteria we ask for in the full person specification.

Closing Date: Thursday 30th May 2024 @ midnight
Interview Date: Friday 7th June 2024

For an informal discussion please contact David Eaton on 01626 215064.


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