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Ranger

  • Location: Chiltern & South Bucks
  • Ref: FS09585
  • Closing date: 24th March 2019
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £20,121 - £21,228
Country Parks

Overview

The Country Parks Team, part of Buckinghamshire County Council, manages three popular Country Parks covering approximately 850 acres, attracting in excess of a million visitors a year. Forming a diverse and unique range of habitats and landscapes, SSSI’s, LNR’s, parkland, formal gardens to lowland heath, native and coniferous woodland, we have it all. Situated in the South of Buckinghamshire, the parks are highly valued and regarded by the surrounding local community. Operating successfully on a self-financed basis we are currently investing in existing and new facilities to ensure the parks remain sustainable into the future.

About Us

On 01 November 2018, it was announced by the government that the five councils in Buckinghamshire will become a single unitary authority in April 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for all the councils in the county to come together to build a brand new council for Buckinghamshire, building on the best experience and expertise of the five current councils. We are developing plans with our District Council colleagues to build a new Unitary Council that is ambitious in its outlook, provides Buckinghamshire residents with simpler ways to access services that they need, and makes best use of public money. Any changes made to the structure of local authorities in the county may affect council employees in the future. Therefore, the five councils have agreed to restrict applications to this position to current employees of the five councils for a period of seven days from 15 March 2019 to 22 March 2019. External candidates are welcome to submit their application at any point; however, if a current employee applies during this seven day period, their application will be assessed prior to the council considering applications from external candidates.

About the role

As Country Parks Ranger, you will be the face of the Country Parks Team to over a million visitors. Most of your time will be spent outside, undertaking daily patrols and maintenance of the Country Parks. The role requires exceptional attention to detail, ensuring our infrastructure is in good condition and keeping our facilities operational and tidy. You will be self-motivated in your delivery of practical site management tasks and confident in your engagement with visitors and volunteers. Within the Ranger Team, your responsibilities will include carrying out safety inspections and routine repairs, assisting with the organisation and delivery of events and supporting other commercial activities within the parks. We have two roles based at Langley Country Park and one at Black Park Country Park.

About you

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our Country Parks Team and support us in delivering high quality visitor services and site management. You will thrive on working in a busy, fast paced environment within a growing team. A good general level of education is essential along with work based or voluntary experience of working in Country Parks or other outdoor recreation facilities. We would be particularly interested to hear from individuals who have skills gained in practical site management and visitor services environments. You will hold a full driving licence and be able to work on scheduled weekends, extended opening hours and bank holidays.

Other Information

Where our roles are customer-facing and you are required to speak to members of the public, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the role. Please see attached Job Summary.

Our Values

Ambitious. Accountable. Caring. Collaborative. Our values are what make our culture at BCC unique and we expect all our people to live them in their approach. Ambitious. We want people with a strong desire and determination to succeed. Accountable. Our people take pride in owning actions and decisions. It’s all about using our resources wisely and recognising that the public money we use is all going towards a better future. Caring. We’re people, working for people. Being caring, kind and supportive is intrinsic. Collaborative. Working in a team, sharing ideas and knowledge only means positive things. By creating more effective solutions together, we are able to deliver better outcomes to the county as a whole.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more. http://jobs.buckscc.gov.uk/rewards/

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