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Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger

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Work Location
Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve 
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Occupational group
Environment, Conservation & Waste
Salary details
£1,700 training allowance plus travel expenses
Job term
Appointment type
Part Time
3 - 4 days per week for 6 months with possible extension to 9 months
Closing Date
17 February 2020
Interview date
28 February 2020
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Our Vision: Making Teignbridge a healthy and desirable place where people want to live, work and visit.
Our Values: Communicative, Respected, Purposeful Conscientious.

What it's like to work here: With its diverse mix of coast, countryside, seaside resorts, market towns, villages and moorland, Teignbridge is a great place to work and live.

For this role: This is a voluntary, unpaid opportunity to work at the internationally important Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve. The Reserve is famous for its extraordinary mix of Wildlife, but it’s also a high profile resort with a fabulous landscape. The Reserve supports hundreds of species of flora, including many that are rare and is known nationally for its birdlife, particularly waders and wildfowl.

What you'll be doing: You’ll work with our Countryside Rangers. Your work will be largely practical, with the management of the National Nature Reserve and its key species and habitats, but you will also be involved in delivering environmental education to schools and universities, assisting the public on this busy site as well as bird protection and monitoring work.
The role will include physically demanding tasks involving strimming, mowing, digging and construction of countryside furniture. You may gain experience in working with ponies used for conservation grazing. Knowledge and experience of countryside management and/or nature conservation is highly desirable.

Who we're looking for: The successful candidate will ideally have a relevant qualification in Conservation, Wildlife or Countryside Management but this is not essential. A keen interest in countryside management, wildlife and people is essential, along with the ability to engage with a variety of interest groups and visitors such as environmental education to schools and universities coupled with effective customer service skills. A valid, full driving licence is also essential.

The Council will provide on the job training and an allowance of £1,700 for certificated training plus modest travel expenses.


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