Senior Ranger

Cairngorm Mountain Ltd

Cairngorm, Aviemore
£22,000 - £24,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: SR10

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Monday, 23rd July 2018   3 days left

Senior Ranger

Role overview:

The Senior Ranger role is an important cog in the operation of CairnGorm Mountain and the wider estate leading a unique Ranger Service working almost exclusively in mountain terrain within the Cairngorm National Park. The position offers enormous rewards in experiencing wild places and building up an expertise which is sought after by a wide range of visitors. A large part of the role covers high ground in some of the most challenging mountains of Britain so an aptitude for mountain travel on foot and ski will be desirable. Some activity will be unaccompanied so you will need to be organised, self-reliant and follow our lone-working procedures. Employed by CairnGorm Mountain Ltd you will also have a responsibility to the ultimate Landowners – Highlands and Islands Enterprise as well as the other stakeholders of the surrounding estate.

Purpose of the job:

The role is to lead the Cairngorm Mountain Ranger Service and the Monitoring Scheme for the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. The purpose of the role is to ensure sustainable management of the Cairngorm Estate and to advise on the use and care of the Estate. This is achieved by delivering the Cairngorm Estate Management Plan and contributing to the Cairngorms National Park Ranger Partnership Framework.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To carry out the agreed plan within budget and in accordance with the Ranger Service Guidelines, the Cairngorm Estate Management Plan and the Visitor Management Plan (VMP).
  • To have knowledge of the detailed content for each of the three highlighted plans and policies above.
  • To agree the Operational plan and budget for the Ranger Service for Cairngorm Mountain Ltd with the General Manager each year.
  • The Cairngorm Estate Management Plan includes a footpath management plan and a fire plan which require annual reporting via the Land Manager and General Manager.
  • To co-ordinate and advise on the operation of the Monitoring Scheme which reports on the workings and effects of the Visitor Management Plan.
  • To carry out fieldwork and write up the results for the annual monitoring report to Scottish Natural Heritage and the Independent Reporting Officer.
  • To ensure a warm welcome to all guests and to provide support to help people enjoy the outdoors
  • To increase awareness, understanding, care and responsible use of the natural cultural heritage of the wider Estate.
  • To facilitate educational visits at Cairngorm Mountain from primary school level to postgraduate university students.
  • To support the sustainable management and use of the outdoors to meet a range of social, economic and environmental objectives.
  • To manage a small team of Rangers comprising 2 seasonal Rangers and to manage the operation of the Ranger base station.
  • To manage volunteers through the National Park Volunteer Cairngorms initiative.
  • Collaborate with neighboring Ranger Services to facilitate sustainable visitor management and enjoyment of the Cairngorms National Park
  • To contribute and support wider Cairngorms National Park initiatives where possible such as the Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend, Cairngorms Junior Ranger Project, Volunteer Cairngorms and The Mountains and the People Project
  • To Develop, support and contribute to the development and delivery of Glenmore Strategy

Person specification

The role will require a degree of flexibility including weekend working and public holidays. A general level of fitness is required with both mountain walking and skiing abilities as well as being comfortable working outside in inclement weather some of which can involve extremes of temperature. A uniform will be provided including protective clothing and equipment for mountain conditions.

Experience /Qualifications

  • Several years’ experience in a Ranger Service or similar countryside management service
  • Working with the public and leading group activities in the countryside.
  • The experience in and ability to present and speak confidently to groups of people
  • Mountaineering experience in Scotland both during the summer and winter months and ideally several years skiing experience also.
  • Evidence of team work and managing teams/groups of people, including volunteers.
  • Experience of developing relationships with a variety of external bodies and stakeholders and evidence of regular interactions with positive outcomes
  • Registered for or hold a Mountain Leader Award (summer or winter)
  • First Aid Certificate (e.g. BASP Outdoor Emergency First Aid course)
  • Evidence of qualification or attendance at recognised courses in ranger skills and countryside management
  • Clean driving licence
  • Other desirable experience would include scientific or monitoring work, interpretation and environmental education and working in a mountain terrain environment

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of good practice in Ranger Services and countryside management
  • Knowledge of mountain footpath repair and construction and practical estate work such as path work
  • Comfortable using a camera and other monitoring equipment
  • Knowledge of the wildlife and fauna of the Cairngorms particularly the mountain habitats would be helpful
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Evidence of diplomacy and negotiating skills
  • Able to take responsibility and to delegate when required
  • Ability to give clear direction to others and to motivate people in a group situation
  • Ability to work alone as well as part of a wider team and under pressure.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent IT skills specifically Word and Excel as well as PowerPoint and using emails and computer on a regular basis
  • Ideally a strong skier/boarder

Location overview:

Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain is the most popular snowsports destination in Scotland, located within the Cairngorms National Park. Offering snowsports for over 50 years, the resort is a major tourist hub and provides an uplift system to the top of Cairn Gorm. In winter, the Resort is a commercial ski operation as well as winter climbing and training. In summer the Resort serves as a summer tourist destination for walkers, nature lovers and tourists. The surrounding area attracts over 1.4 million visitors annually predominantly in summer with the Resort itself attracting over 200,000 visitors each year.

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