Cairngorms Connect Community Ranger

Reference: APR20214223
Location: Insh Marshes
Salary: £22,986.00 – £25,500.00 Per Annum
Contract: Fixed-term contract from July 2021 – December 2023.
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days annual leave

About Cairngorms Connect:

Cairngorms Connect is the UK’s biggest habitat restoration project. It is a partnership of neighbouring land managers, committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area in the Scottish Highlands. Stretching over 600 square kilometres of contiguous land within the Cairngorms National Park.

This is a landscape of ancient woodlands, intersected by sparkling rivers and lochs, that encircle an Arctic-like mountain massif. It is the most extensive and wildest landscape of its type in Britain; there are vast tracts of blanket bog, tranquil wetlands and secret woodland bogs. It is home to plants, insects, birds and mammals that are found in few parts of the UK – the area is home to more than 5,000 recorded species; 20 per cent are nationally rare or scarce.

The Cairngorms Connect partnership is comprised of 4 land managers who, collectively, manage 600sqkm of contiguous land:

  • Wildland Limited
  • Forestry and Land Scotland
  • NatureScot
  • RSPB Scotland

The Cairngorms National Park Authority is a supporting partner. The Endangered Landscapes Programme is a major funder of the Cairngorms Connect project.

Community Ranger Role

The Community Ranger will build moral and financial support for the conservation of priority habitats and species between relevant local communities. Amongst other tasks, you will:

  • Work with the Communications Manager to develop and deliver a programme of community based activities to raise awareness of and support the work of Cairngorms Connect.
  • Enthuse people about our work on Britain’s biggest landscape restoration project.
  • Work with partners, staff and volunteers, engaging and inspiring people about the work of Cairngorms Connect.
  • Liaise with partners, colleagues and volunteers to run events and activities in the local area.
  • Produce high quality communications using both social media and traditional media.
  • Have the ability to work either alone or as part of a small busy team.
  • Have a robust personality with experience of dealing a diverse range of opinions.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Good basic knowledge of UK wildlife, habitats and key species (sufficient to be able to lead public engagement activities in a credible way and to train and motivate volunteers).
  • An excellent verbal communicator able to communicate Cairngorms Connect/RSPB messages in a way that is understood by a range of audiences and that engenders their support.
  • Experience in community engagement – working with the public and delivering events to the public.
  • Experience in membership recruitment/ involved with charitable fundraising via face-to-face methods.
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of people face to face.
  • Experience in events and project management.
  • Experience in volunteer /staff recruitment and support.
  • Ability to work under own initiative.
  • Ability to enthuse and motivate themselves and others.
  • Ability to drive/access remote locations.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experienced user of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of sales or fundraising in a face-to-face environment.
  • Geographical knowledge of location.
  • Able to perform administrative tasks and to deliver accurate reporting to given timescales.
  • Understanding of how to use social media to deliver objectives.
  • Budget management.
  • Partnership working.
  • Funding development and support.
  • Experience of promotion, marketing and production of interpretive material.

Length of contract:

This is a fixed-term contract from July 2021 – December 2023.

Workbase during COVID:

Location – Insh Marshes – but significant working from home will be needed during Covid restrictions.

Whilst funded by the Endangered Landscapes Programme, the post will be employed by RSPB on behalf of the Cairngorms Connect partnership (Wildland Limited, NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland, & RSPB Scotland). The post holder will therefore be subject to the RSPB’s terms and conditions.

The Endangered Landscapes Programme offers an exciting vision of hope for the future in which European landscapes are enriched with biodiversity, establishing resilient, more self-sustaining ecosystems that benefit both nature and people. The programme is funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and is managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

Closing date: 23:59, 31 May 2021

No agencies please.