Ranger (Trees and Woodlands)

Nene Park Trust

£21,467 - £24,047 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 7th June 2019  

The post of Ranger (Trees and Woodlands) forms a key role within Nene Park Trust’s Park Management Team, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of one of the most well-visited parks in the country with exciting ambitions for the future.

The post will help carry out Ranger duties within the Park to ensure it is well-managed and maintained, conserving its important heritage and ensuring it provides a welcoming environment for Park visitors.

In addition, the post will provide specialist arboriculture expertise to the Trust, leading on arboriculture management activities within the Park and working closely with the Trust’s specialist tree contractors.

Key deliverables:

  • To undertake and complete park management and maintenance tasks planned through the monthly work programme and maintenance log, as part of the wider Park Management Team.
  • To lead on tree and woodland management activities within the Park, particularly during the winter work programme, working closely with the Deputy Park Manager and wider Park Team.
  • To carry out tree surgery and tree felling operations to a high standard, following all relevant health & safety procedures to ensure the safety of the public and other colleagues.
  • To lead on tree survey inspections and recommended works, working alongside the Trust’s arboriculture contractors / consultants, and to carry out tree safety risk assessments as required.
  • To work with the wider Park and Development Teams to support the future development of the Trust’s tree stock, including opportunities for increasing woodland productivity, timber sales, woodland ecology and responding / adapting to tree diseases, pests and climate change.
  • To carry out safety checks and maintenance on climbing equipment and machinery at the specified intervals.
  • To respond to ad-hoc management / maintenance priorities as they arise.
  • To deliver tasks as required and meet the standards set within the relevant Trust plans and policies, such as the Park compartment schedules, management plans and maintenance standards.
  • To carry out duties in line with the Operational Manual for the Park.
  • To lead on small projects including infrastructure installation, landscaping, tree planting etc. as directed by relevant senior members of the Park Team.
  • To support the Duty Ranger role including weekend working where required.
  • With colleagues, to collect cash, ensuring that it is correctly accounted for and recorded in accordance with Trust procedures.
  • To support individual volunteers and volunteer groups in the delivery of park management / maintenance tasks.
  • To liaise with the public and support a welcoming atmosphere in the Park for visitors.
  • To assist with or lead on preparation and delivery of a minimum of six events per annum - two events to be evening / weekend.
  • To ensure all tasks are carried out in a safe manner.
  • To work with wider Trust teams on Park-related activities as required.

Requirements – experience:

  • Good practical understanding and experience of woodland management, conservation and tree surgery in a park / countryside setting
  • Experience in land management work with a desire to learn and refresh skills and knowledge
  • Knowledge of, and an interest in, working in a park environment
  • Skilled in the use and maintenance of all powered tools used in land management operations, to include chainsaws, hedge trimmers, pole saws, winches, wood chippers, stump grinders, logging trailers and MEWPs
  • Ability to safely and correctly operate machinery, using the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment identified in the AFAG codes of practice
  • Competent tree climber
  • Ability to carry out an aerial rescue safely and efficiently and to administer first aid if necessary
  • Ability to identify tree species and the common diseases
  • Wider experience of landscape / horticultural / conservation management
  • Experience of working alongside contractors
  • Experience of managing small projects
  • Ability to carry out duties under instruction but to be reactive to situations on the ground
  • Experience of leading / working with volunteers and the general public
  • Knowledge of health and safety in the workplace and as they relate specifically to woodland management.

Requirements – qualifications:

  • NPTC Chainsaw Certificates (CS 30, 31, 38, 39, 40 & 41) or equivalent(Essential)
  • Full Driving Licence (Essential) and Cat C1 towing trailers (Desirable)
  • Relevant woodland management, forestry or land management qualifications (Desirable)
  • Basic NPTC Strimmer and Pesticide certificates PA1 and PA6 (Desirable)
  • NPTC Tractor and Implements (Desirable).

Requirements – personal characteristics:

  • Ability to make positive contributions to the team, supporting colleagues in their work
  • Ability to work as part of a team but must be self-motivated and willing to take the lead in their area of specialism
  • Ability to manage own time and workload effectively
  • Ability to remain calm and self-controlled under pressure
  • Positive, enthusiastic and customer-focused approach
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently with diverse groups of people.

Other points:

  • Full, clean, manual driving licence including entitlement to drive a tractor and/or trailer
  • Ability to walk, cycle or drive in and around the Park to perform duties
  • Flexible working across a seven day week
  • Daily physically demanding work including manual handling and lifting
  • Daily operation of power tools and equipment
  • Frequent working away from buildings and the public highway.

For further information and to download an application pack please see our website www.nenepark.org.uk/vacancies

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