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Seasonal Ranger - Abernethy

RSPB

Abernethy, Perthshire & Kinross

Published
10-06-2021
Contact
RSPB
Practical information
Published:
10-06-2021
Expires:
11-06-2021
Job id:
330666733
Job type:
Full-time
Salary level
£18,250 - £20,246  per year
Job sector:
Charity, non-profit
Job title:
Charity worker
Language:
English Fluent

This is a fantastic opportunity to help protect one of the most spectacular sites for nature in Scotland. The wide variety of rare wildlife and beautiful scenery attracts thousands of visitors every year.

About Abernethy

Abernethy contains the largest remaining fragment of Ancient Caledonian pine forest and is home to over 5000 species including sensitive and rare species such as capercaillie and twinflower. This role involves being a friendly face and eyes on the ground, chatting to visitors and patrolling trails to ensure everyone is accessing the nature reserve responsibly in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and caring for the reserve, wildlife and communities they are visiting.

The dramatic increase in numbers of people visiting the Highlands provides an opportunity to bring nature to wider audiences. Whilst access to nature and wild places is vitally important for mental and physical wellbeing, the challenge of looking after those places is increasing, as busy sites and irresponsible access disturb wildlife and pose a fire risk.

About the Role:

RSPB Scotland has been awarded funding from NatureScot as part of the Better Places Green Recovery Fund to employ two friendly, responsible Rangers to assist our existing Abernethy visitor team in patrolling honeypot sites and vulnerable areas of the reserve. The main part of the role will be patrolling the key footpaths and core visitor areas to chat to people and ensure they are accessing the nature reserve responsibly. Using strong communication skills, you will strive to ensure every visitor you meet understands what responsible access involves and why it is so important. The main issues will be around campfires, wild camping and dogs on leads. 

Key duties include:

  • You will have good communication skills and be confident chatting to a wide variety of people; highlighting responsible behaviour and dealing with any access issues when they arise. 
  • You will be welcoming and knowledgeable, enhancing visitor's experience in nature and encouraging them to access the site responsibly.
  • You will be representing the RSPB and will act professionally at all times.
  • You will be organised and able to regularly report on key data to allow us to form an accurate picture of access issues and liaise with other organisations.
  • You will work with RSPB visitor experience staff, the wider reserve team and Cairngorm National Park Rangers to effectively and efficiently cover key areas at key times.  

What we need from you:

  • Strong communication skills and an interest in nature and conservation.
  • You need to be able to walk some distance over rough terrain.
  • Able to ride a bike safely, on forest tracks.
  • Have an understanding of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and experience in a public-facing role.
  • Organised and able to report on a number of key criteria, including being able to use Microsoft Office.
  • Responsible and able to use initiative.
  • Happy working both alone and in a team with a variety of people.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends.
  • You need to be able to travel without dependence on public transport.

Closing date: 23:59, 11 June 2021
This is a rolling recruitment and we reserve the right to pull the vacancy earlier than advertised.

We are looking for the post to start on the 28th of June 2021.

 

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Contact
RSPB
Practical information
Published:
10-06-2021
Expires:
11-06-2021
Job id:
330666733
Job type:
Full-time
Salary level
£18,250 - £20,246  per year
Job sector:
Charity, non-profit
Job title:
Charity worker
Language:
English Fluent
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