This is an apprenticeship type role

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Surrey County Council

Countryside Ranger Apprentice

The salary for this position is £18,013 per annum for working 36 hours per week. This is a 24-month fixed term contract for a Level 4 Apprenticeship.

Are you looking for a varied role in the countryside helping to maintain and improve public rights of way with the opportunity to learn about the broader aspects of Countryside Management and gain a Level 4 Countryside Ranger qualification?

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Surrey County Council to help deliver improvements across the Rights of Way network in Surrey. The role will be focused on Public Access and Rights of Way but will include secondments to other teams and enrolment at Taunton College. A two-week attendance at the college is required as part of this course.

The Countryside Access team looks after nearly 2,200 miles of public rights of way. It is responsible for maintenance and enforcement, improvement, and legal definition work across the network, as well as promoting countryside access and biodiversity. The role implements the County Council's statutory and priority countryside access duties, powers and responsibilities, including maintenance and inspections.

We are seeking an enthusiastic self-starter, with a passion for the countryside and belief in access to it for all. You will be organised, with good IT and communication skills. As well as this, you will have the ability to liaise with the public and landholders to find solutions to varied issues, and work with contractors, user groups, external agencies and volunteers to ensure our rights of way are safe and accessible.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for rights of way and countryside access
  • Flexibility to take on varied tasks and projects connected to Countryside Access
  • Willingness to undertake short term secondments with other teams and travel to Taunton College for annual two-week academic inputs
  • Ability to drive or otherwise visit inaccessible locations, with equipment and sometimes at short notice. Therefore, a valid driving license and access to a car is required
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather and sometimes in difficult terrain
  • Flexibility to occasionally work weekends and evenings

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 11th July 2022 with interviews during the week commencing 25th July 2022.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact John Baker on 07968 832699 or at

To apply for this role, please click here.

Closing Date: 11/07/2022  Location: Merrow Complex, Merrow Lane, Merrow, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7BQ

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