Recreation Ranger – West Beat and Peak District

Salary: £25,119 – £26,014 (Full time equivalent)

Grade: Pb6a non operational

Contract type: 0.6 FTE (with the possibility but no guarantee of additional hours in the future)

Length of employment: Permanent 

If you enjoy a varied role working outdoors with a range of people and stakeholders then this is the role for you. You will play a key part in making sure our visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit by maintaining public access facilities. You will also lead on the engagement of recreation stakeholders, and on the coordination of third party events and activities within the beat.

The beat covers a large geographic area and a diverse variety of woodlands. These range from remote woodlands in the Peak District through to highly used semi-urban woodlands around Sheffield and South Yorkshire. All of the woodlands in the beat deliver significant benefits for wildlife, produce large volumes of sustainably grown timber and provide many other benefits for society. Many woodlands in West beat are highly valued and well used by a large number of visitors for a wide range of recreational activities.

As the beat is a small team, being proactive, self sufficient and taking responsibility for work, as well as ensuring a successful outcome, will be essential in meeting deadlines and the responsibilities of the job. Attention to detail and good oral and written communication will also be important in delivering the expected standards in this role.

The small local team and dispersed nature of the beat will mean that the postholder will regularly be expected to lone work, sometimes in remote areas. Although based within the local team, the post also forms part of the wider Central England Forest District Team.

Central England Forest District has responsibility for the management of some 30,000ha of the Nation’s Forests within a triangle formed by Liverpool, Hull, and Milton Keynes. This gives rise to a large diversity of users, customers, neighbours and pressures, all of which are interacting on a varied backdrop of land uses. The District has a large resident population and manages 6 significant visitor centres as well as three Community Woodland areas and a high number of other accessible woodlands.