Countryside Rangers Level 2 Apprenticeship - Swanage at Dorset Council

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Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2)
Location:
Swanage
Salary:
Less than £ 10,000
Deadline:
8th June 2020
Role May Involve:
Agriculture, Environmental & Animal Care Business & Administration

Overall Rating

Countryside Rangers Level 2 Apprenticeship - Swanage

What you will be doing:

  • Day to day maintenance of the country parks, nature reserves, coastal paths and coastal corridor, the Rights of Way Network (Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways) and Highway verges
  • The wardening and promotion of responsible use of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), specifically on Heathland sites
  • Furniture replacement, litter picking, constructing and installing fingerposts and waymarks, gates and stiles, vegetation clearance, path surfacing and repairs and livestock checks
  • Visitor centre work helping with interpretation, guided walks, wildlife monitoring, volunteer days and tasks such as helping supervise Conservation Volunteers, Monument Management Programme, school groups and events with local community groups (this includes work with Dorset Dogs Initiative)
  • The habitats vary between, grassland, wetland, heathland, mixed woodland and scrub and from small picnic sites to National Nature Reserves
  • Conservation work which includes tree and scrub clearance, grass cutting and meadow management, coppicing and dry stone walling

Training to be provided

  • Candidates work towards a Level 2 Countryside Worker Apprenticeship
  • Further training is completed in Functional Skills, and First Aid
  • Training will be provided in partnership with Kingston Maurward College. You will also receive additional training delivered through Kingston Maurward College, Countryside and Greenspace  Ranger Service

Desired skills

  • Hands on and practical in nature
  • Able to problem-solve and think on the go
  • Able to articulate and willing to communicate with a range of different people

Personal qualities

Enthusiastic, willing to learn, strong commitment or interest in countryside management, willing to work outdoors in all weather and commit to a 18 month contract and study in your own time. 

Desired qualifications

Be able to complete the maths and English Level 1 Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship with support from the college and Dorset Council

Voluntary experience or attended a countryside management course is desirable but not essential.

Future prospects

This is an apprenticeship placement opportunity with a maximum 18 month contract. 

There is no guarantee of a permanent post beyond this but support and guidance will be provided throughout the apprenticeship to identify and ensure a positive end result in terms of employment or further training opportunities.

Things to consider

Requirement for own accommodation and transport to and from work

Any offer of employment from DC is subject to successful application to Kingston Maurward College. You will also need to complete a KMC application form which you will be sent when you are shortlisted for interview

About Dorset County Council

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.

On 1 April 2019, 5 district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.

Serving 375,000 Dorset residents, the new unitary authority is responsible for a wide range of services including

  • education
  • highways
  • waste collection and disposal
  • transport planning
  • passenger transport
  • social care, housing
  • libraries
  • leisure and recreation
  • environmental health
  • planning applications
  • strategic planning

At Dorset Council employees are encouraged to develop new and innovative ways of doing things to help us deliver more effective and efficient services for the people of Dorset.

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.

How to apply

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