The Community & Conservation Ranger role supports the Senior Community & Conservation Ranger role in the day to day management of all aspects of the Countryside service within our holistic Parks Management service. To deliver a comprehensive Countryside & Community service in Bromley and its associated neighbourhoods, to develop, conserve, enhance and promote the appropriate use of local greenspace areas by members of the public and other interest groups for people and biodiversity. To ensure the health and safety of users of the park and the enforcement of management rules. This is a role with significant administrative and practical elements and as such the post holder should be experienced working in both environments.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required
- Practical experience in relevant land, conservation and access management, supported by appropriate qualifications to level 2 (or equivalent level of vocational experience).
- Some experience of delivering engagement activities which help to build or strengthen the publics connection to nature and the outdoors
- A demonstrable ability to deliver work related outcomes and objectives
- Demonstrate a willingness to work alongside and supervise volunteers and able to support them to perform their best.
- Good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally to be built and maintained
- Knowledge of health and safety and compliance requirements. Compliance specific to a countryside setting.
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Commitment to customer service standards and experience of its delivery
- Competence with machinery/equipment such as tractors, trailers, chainsaws, brush cutters, pedestrian mowers and competence certificates as required.
- Knowledge of health and safety compliance requirements and experience of producing risk assessments for day to day operations
- Ability to use digital media to promote work effectively.
- Field identification and ecological survey skills.
- A demonstrable passions for nature and the countryside.
- Experience of producing site management plans both ecological and amenity.
- Willingness to carry out fundraising activities such as grant applications and ensuring that required outcomes for funding are met.
Personal Qualities Required For This Role
- A ‘can-do’ attitude, keen to provide innovative solutions to problems as they arise and not deterred by setbacks
- Friendly, positive and practical; able to engender trust and respect from Community Groups
- Able to communicate effectively at all levels within the community
- An ethical person, believing that Bromley’s parks and open spaces should be equally accessible to people from all backgrounds, and not just for the most vocal or influential groups
- A person who takes considerable pride in the achievement of their Neighbourhood and the wider idverde Bromley team
- Drive, energy and enthusiasm
- A passion for parks and open spaces, and respect for the people who value them
- A person who is able to take responsibility for their actions, decision making and work programme.
What you will deliver
Countryside & Conservation
- You undertake work to ensure operational delivery of day to day work in LBB’s countryside.
- Understand and adhere to the statutory requirements of managing designated sites such as SSSIs, SINCs and any sites subject to Environmental Stewardship Grants.
- Working closely with the wider ranger team you will mentor colleagues and deliver practical conservation work to protect and enhance LBB’s parks and greenspace.
- You will work with a wide range of partners on projects to enhance our conservation and environmental performance while inspiring colleagues and volunteers to do the same.
- Deliver all plans in place to meet KPI’s relating to the management of LBB’s countryside, communities and biodiversity.
- Organise, Monitor, and carry out site management work (in liaison with other specialist officers and partner organisations) including but not limited to:-
- Surveying and monitoring of habitats and species as required.
- Survey and monitoring of visitor use and impacts on sites.
- Practical conservation work in all habitats and settings including woodland, grassland and wetland vegetation management and urban areas, supervising groups of volunteers, youth groups and students and Providers.
- Monitoring and overseeing site maintenance and infrastructure including built facilities, access, paths, boundaries, signage, structures to achieve the desired ecology and amenity, in liaison with stakeholders and Grounds Maintenance teams.
- Carry out performance monitoring to ensure compliance with specifications, recording such performance and reporting in accordance with relevant procedures.
- Ensuring all required documentation is completed in a timely manner
- Action complaints and Fix My Street enquiries in a timely manner
- You will deliver excellent service to our community stakeholders by working closely with them to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved for our parks and greenspaces.
- By supporting Friends Groups you will empower them to take ownership over their activities and develop new groups. This includes but is not limited to practical work days, fundraising activities and training.
- You will demonstrate a commitment to supporting volunteers and involving them in what we do.
- Support the delivery of an annual training programme, including educational courses with the support of our environmental education team.
Working Safely & Responsibly
- Understand the law relating to Health & Safety and the Environment and observe the Company’s Integrated Management System.
- You will ensure that your work complies with procedures to manage risk to the public, staff, volunteers and contractors.
- Ensure that high quality risk assessments are carried out in line with idverde policy for works you are responsible for.
- You will be responsible for ensuring compliance and monitoring of compliance is complete in all aspects of your work and site management
- You will safeguard resources such as equipment, machinery, vehicles and project resources improving cost efficiency wherever possible.
- You will be accountable for the delivery of projects allocated to you and identify future resource which may be required.
Supporting The Business
- You will be responsible for the oversight and monitoring of small scale sub contracted works both specific to sites you manage
- You will help to identify new opportunities for income generation while considering long term sustainability, this includes grant funding opportunities.
- You will harness ideas from the wider team and customer/community feedback.
- You will be an excellent team player and support the wider team in the day to day operations of the team.
- You will take responsibility for your areas of work and others under your supervision.
- You will take responsibility for your professional development through an stringent PDR process.
- Act as the ‘internal expert’ and mentor and support their colleagues with any specific skills or knowledge
- You will utilise the expertise of colleagues when developing delivery plans for individual projects.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Full UK drivers licence
- A track record in successfully supporting community or volunteer groups
- Evidence of successfully achieving community-focused objectives and KPIs
- Demonstrable practical experience in countryside and conservation management, including installation and maintenance of infrastructure
- Carrying out ecological surveys
- A graduate qualification, ideally in a land-based subject
- Health & Safety qualification such as IOSH Managing Safely
- Experience managing designated sites & statutory bodies e.g. Natural England
- Chainsaw/Strimmer/Brushcutter certificate
- Pesticide certificates
- Trailer licence