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Countryside Ranger (1)

Salary: Grade 5, £26,975 - £30,984

Job Type: Permanent

Hours 37

Closing Date:

Job ref: 2111


Take the next step in your career

We have an exciting opportunity for a permanent Countryside Ranger to lead in the management & maintenance of the Green Flag Award winning Yeovil Country Park. Apply now and become a valued member of the Countryside team, helping South Somerset to be a place where businesses flourish, communities are safe, vibrant and healthy and residents enjoy good housing and cultural, leisure and sporting activities.                                   

Hours: 37 per week, some evening & weekend work will be required

What you can expect from us… 

  • We will help you develop your career by providing development and support whatever your level of experience
  • An opportunity to be part of ‘one team’ coming together to develop even better ways of working
  • A flexible approach to working arrangements to help you achieve a greater work/life balance
  • A generous annual leave entitlement and the ability to purchase further leave
  • A significant employer contribution towards your LPGS defined benefit scheme pension pot
  • Gym membership discount across Freedom Leisure sites
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Wellbeing initiatives and support
  • Training and professional development opportunities 

What we’re looking for… 

Someone with a passion for working in the countryside and conservation sector to deliver a high standard of conservation management and site maintenance, at this popular country park on the edge of Yeovil.   You will need strong practical skills and the ability to lead a team, as you will be supported by an assistant ranger, casual rangers and a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers. Surrounded by woodlands, meadows, historical park landscape, rivers, lakes and ponds, you will lead the team in the management of these varied habitats. You will have responsibility for the overall general maintenance of the country park, carrying out annual health & safety inspections and working with your team to ensure Yeovil Country Park is safe and accessible for its visitors. You will develop additional opportunities for visitors and the local communities to become involved at the country park, including delivery of an annual programme of public events. You will implement wildlife monitoring schemes to ensure appropriate management of the site and its protected species and you will work alongside the wider countryside team to manage and protect all of South Somerset’s countryside sites.

Please contact Rachael Whaites, Countryside Manager on 07949 482956 or email should you wish to discuss the role in more detail.

Interview Date: TBC with candidates

Expected Start Date: TBC with candidate 

In the application please give details of any conflict of interest that could impact either the recruitment process or your employment with South Somerset.

We promote and value diversity in the workplace and welcome diverse applicants. We are committed to applying our equal opportunities policy at all stages of recruitment and selection. Shortlisting, interviewing and selection will always be carried out without regard to disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, age, or pregnancy or maternity. 

We treat personal data collected during the recruitment process in accordance with our data protection policy/policy on processing special category personal data and criminal records. Information about how your data is used and the basis for processing your data is provided in our privacy notice. 

South Somerset is committed to the safety of its residents. Due to the nature of the role, the successful candidate will be required to go through an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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