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Loch Ruthven Summer Ranger

RSPB

Inverness, Highland

Published
23-04-2021
Contact
RSPB
Practical information
Published:
23-04-2021
Expires:
05-05-2021
Job id:
330616745
Job type:
Full-time
Salary level
£18,250 - £20,246  per year
Job sector:
Charity, non-profit
Job title:
Charity worker
Experience:
Animal populations, inventories
Language:
English Fluent

Loch Ruthven Summer Ranger

Reference: APR20212767

Location: Loch Ruthven

Salary: £18,250.00 - £20,246.00 Per Annum

Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days annual leave, flexible working

Duration: Contract to 24th September 2021, 19 hours per week

Loch Ruthven is one of the best places in the UK to see the rare and protected Slavonian grebes during the breeding season. The role is a great opportunity to help protect these birds by engaging with visitors to the nature reserve and encouraging responsible access.

Whats the role about

This role will involve providing a RSPB presence at our Loch Ruthven nature reserve during the summer season in 2021. Whilst the reserve is not actively promoted and usually receives only 4,000 visitors per annum, there has been an increase in visitor use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The RSPB wants people to enjoy the reserve, whilst protecting the rare Slavonian grebes from disturbance so that they have the best chance of a successful breeding season. This role will be working with visitors to provide on-hand communication and advice about Slavonian grebes and responsible access, talking with people in clear, positive, engaging, and persuasive ways to encourage responsible use of the reserve. This will include working to reduce the impact of irresponsible behaviour such as informal camping with fires, littering and disturbance to breeding birds.

You will also help visitors to enjoy viewing the Slavonian grebes, including managing the use of the small hide under Covid-19 protocols whilst government legislation and guidance are in place. The hide will only be open when a member of staff is on site, so this will be in rotation with other reserve team members.

You may be required to undertake, or assist with, minor maintenance works such as renewing signage or repairing fencing.

We are a small, busy reserve team managing seven nature reserves across the Highlands between us, including a major habitat management project. You will be resourceful and resilient, working at the reserve by yourself much of the time but with support from the rest of the reserve team. You will also work in conjunction with the Loch Ruthven volunteer wardens, who are managed by the reserve warden. Some office work will be required, for example preparing signage, emails and occasional meetings. There will be some opportunities for helping with the rest of the team with conservation work.

What we need from you

  1. Computer literate
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, to a range of audiences.
  3. Able to deal with challenging situations in a clear, positive and engaging way. Diplomatic and negotiating skills.
  4. Problem solving skills and ability to work under own initiative.
  5. Have a flexible approach to working hours required within 17.5-hour week, which will require weekend, evening and morning working.
  6. Ability to travel to remote locations without the use of public transport

Desirable

  1. Knowledge of the Scottish Outdoor Access code and general countryside issues
  2. Basic maintenance skills e.g. installing signage, basic fencing.
  3. A working knowledge of visitor management and engagement techniques and/or some experience of working outdoors as a countryside ranger or similar

This is a Fixed Term contract to 24th September 2021 working 19 hours per week. 

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

 

Closing date: 23:59, 05 May 2021

 

Please click the apply button to be taken to the job advert on our website where you will be able to complete your application.

 

No agencies please.

 

 

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Contact
RSPB
Practical information
Published:
23-04-2021
Expires:
05-05-2021
Job id:
330616745
Job type:
Full-time
Salary level
£18,250 - £20,246  per year
Job sector:
Charity, non-profit
Job title:
Charity worker
Experience:
Animal populations, inventories
Language:
English Fluent
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