Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Closing date: Sunday 30 January 2022
For an informal discussion, please contact Steve Diserens - Principal ROW Maintenance Officer on 01273 335614, email@example.com.
About the role
We are looking for two Rangers to join our Rights of Way and Countryside Team based in Heathfield and carrying out maintenance on public rights of way and countryside sites across East Sussex.
The job is very practical, necessitating the use of a wide range of tools and equipment and involving the construction of bridges, stiles and other structures, tree felling and the clearance of vegetation.
We are particularly interested in candidates who have skills and a bit of experience in construction or landscaping, in combination with an interest in the countryside and perhaps some kind of formal countryside or construction qualification. Experience in using a range of power tools, including chainsaws, brushcutters and winches would be an advantage. However, a positive attitude, willingness to learn and a commitment to hard work are the most important attributes we are looking for, and extensive training opportunities will be available as necessary to successful applicants, including formal training in use of chainsaws.
Frequent liaison with landowners and the public is involved, and the role also requires good map reading skills and a knowledge and understanding of health and safety procedures. Applicants should hold a full driving licence and be able to do a physically demanding job, working outside in all weathers and regularly on rough terrain, on a daily basis.
Our Rangers have a varied and ever-changing list of jobs to deal with, where there is always more to be done than can ever be achieved and new priorities are frequently developing as problems are reported. A big challenge is the sheer range of practical problems which are encountered and have to be resolved, including construction techniques in boggy ground, working close to hazards such as electrical cables and gas mains, dealing with stuck vehicles and machinery breakdowns, administering first aid, and working far from base and having to adapt available materials.
Applicants should focus on their relevant practical skills and experience in showing how they meet the requirements of the person specification. In particular, at this stage we are looking for evidence that the following criteria in the Person Specification have been met:
- Extensive practical skills covering use of a range of hand & power tools, and the maintenance of tools, equipment & vehicles
- Ability to work outside in all weathers and on rough terrain
- Understanding of the importance of Health & Safety procedures
- Experience of hard physical work in an outdoor environment
Please note that some of the criteria listed in the specification appear under the sub-heading ‘Single Status 6 only’ and are relevant to future progression to a higher scale and are not considered essential at the ‘entry level’ to which we are recruiting, e.g., certification in chainsaw use and possession of a First Aid at Work qualification.
The usual working pattern for these posts is Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 4.00pm, annual leave starts at 24 days per annum and you will be eligible to join the established pension scheme. There are opportunities to develop within the role through training and the acquisition of experience, and eventual career progression to the position of Lead Ranger is a distinct possibility.
For an informal discussion, please contact Steve Diserens on 01273 335614.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.
Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.