Bracknell Forest Council Parks & Countryside service is responsible for more than 300 hectares of green spaces, ranging from SSSI meadows, heathlands and woodlands to play areas and sports pitches. Six sites currently hold Green Flag Awards and two of our historic parks have been restored with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.
Do to the proximity of the Thames Basin Heath SPA any development within Bracknell requires Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) mitigation be it, delivery of new bespoke SANGs or enhancement of existing SANGs. The service works closely with developers to provide these new facilities as well as delivering enhancements which increase capacity of existing sites. This post will assist in the planning and be heavily involved with the delivery and subsequent management of these areas and projects.
Parks and Countryside have recently undergone a transformation review, with an emphasis on income generation and alternative more efficient ways of working. All staff are therefore encouraged to have an entrepreneurial spirit and consider business opportunities where possible.
We are looking for an individual who's skills and experience match our requirements.
Do you have:
A diploma or higher in parks / countryside management or related subject; or working experience in the management of public open space.
Nationally recognised land based training certificates e.g. chainsaw, brushcutter, herbicide application
Experience of supervision of grounds maintenance operatives and contractors
Experience of working with volunteers / community groups / schools
Able to carry out a variety of estate maintenance tasks e.g. erecting gates and stiles, fencing, strimming and mowing
Able to work as a member of a team
Good communication skills
I.T. literate Full Driving Licence
Flexible and able to work evenings and weekends and some Bank Holidays
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
Production of management plans
Leading educational activities / guided walks / public events
If you have the proven experience we are looking for, then we hope you will apply to join our award-winning team.
To find out more and apply online, please visit our website at www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/jobs
For an informal discussion, please contact Chris Swatridge Senior Ranger on 01344 354441
Closing date: 19th July 2019
Interview date: 6th August 2019