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Yorkshire Water

Lead Ranger

Salary: £28,800 - £36,000 (depending on experience) + 25 days hols + 8 BH + Pension + Company Car

Location: Livingstone House, Leeds / hybrid working

As one of the largest landowners in Yorkshire and the UK, Yorkshire Water has a total holding of 30,518 hectares. Across this land holding we provide car parks, footpaths, bridleways, and a wealth of recreational opportunities for our visitors to come and enjoy our land and what it has to offer.

We have a unique and exciting opportunity for someone to join the Conservation, Access & Recreation Team, within the Land & Property Team, here at Yorkshire Water. You will lead a newly established team of Rangers, something that we’ve never had before, who will deliver Yorkshire Water’s policies on public safety, access, and conservation across its recreational sites throughout the Yorkshire region.

What it's like to work here

Many of our recreational sites are located in some of Yorkshire’s most picturesque and famous countryside, ranging from the Peak District National Park in the south, along the Pennine hills in the west of the county and up to the Nidderdale AONB, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors National Park in the north. Working within the CAR (Conservation, Access & Recreation) Team, you’ll work with a small but enthusiastic and dedicated team of countryside professionals delivering a fantastic, safe, and dependable countryside and recreation service to Yorkshire Water’s customers and visitors.

What you'll be doing

You will help form, establish, and lead Yorkshire Water’s first ever ranger team who will help the CAR Team manage its recreation provision. You will ensure the team has a strong focus on public safety and engagement across the range of sites, overseeing the monitoring and maintenance of these sites to a high standard, ensuring they are safe and welcoming for all visitors, meeting the necessary health and safety requirements and standards. Sites are open 7 days a week and the new ranger team will need to cover all days with flexible working hours and patterns.

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for someone with a demonstrable experience of leading and managing a ranger team, or similar team of outdoor, countryside professionals. You must be an enthusiastic individual with high standards, an attention to detail and who works well as part of a team. You’ll be experienced in engaging with visitors and members of the public, managing recreation and conservation sites and also have an excellent knowledge of all health and safety requirements relevant to a countryside setting with experience of managing operational risk.

Knowledge and Skills Required


  • Experience of leading and managing a Ranger team or similar team of outdoor professionals.
  • Practical experience in relevant land, conservation, and access management, supported by appropriate qualifications to level 5 or above (or equivalent level of vocational experience).
  • Experience of engaging with visitors and members of the public.
  • Experience of managing recreation and conservation sites.
  • Experience of managing public safety on recreation and conservation sites.
  • In depth working knowledge of managing health and safety issues related to the public at recreation and conservation sites e.g. site visit inspections, risk assessment development, programming of systematic asset inspections.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing others, including volunteers using tools and equipment e.g. chainsaw, brushcutter, strimmer, tractors etc.
  • Experience of dealing with confrontational situations e.g. conflict amongst different user groups such as cyclists and horse riders.
  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships both internally and externally, to be built and maintained.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service standards and experience of its delivery.
  • In depth working knowledge of Health & Safety compliance requirements and experience of producing safe working procedures and risk assessments for operational tasks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of managing lone workers in the outdoors.
  • In depth working knowledge and experience of staying safe in outdoor, sometimes remote, locations with varying terrain and in all weather conditions.
  • Experienced at risk assessing conditions and making judgements in relation to appropriateness of work tasks of a team.
  • Working knowledge of tree safety ideally with Lantra training qualification/s.
  • Working knowledge or experience of organising recreation and conservation events to engage with visitors.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Full driving licence.
  • Demonstrable passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors.


  • Experience of managing multiple recreation and conservation sites across a large geographical area.
  • Demonstrable competence and qualifications (e.g. NPTC, Lantra) for the use of equipment such as brushcutters and chainsaws.
  • Experience of coordinating and supervising volunteer groups.
  • First Aid Training.
  • Working knowledge of wildlife, highway, countryside, tenancy, Health & Safety and The Equality Act legislation.
  • A working knowledge of Public Rights of Way legislation, FSC certification and Green Flag standards for parks.
  • Working knowledge of map reading and navigation.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of recreational user groups.
  • Member of a professional body such as the CMA, IEEM or IPROW?

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply online and complete the application process. If you could also, please upload an up-to-date copy of your CV and cover letter outlining your relevant experience for the role.

If successful for the role, you will be required to undergo pre-employment checks that will include a Basic Disclosure Check, carried out through a Third-Party Company, prior to commencing employment. Depending on the role, you may also be required to go through the security vetting process for either a Counter Terrorist Check or Security Check clearance

What's in it for you?

We are committed to attracting and developing the best people across our business. Our success relies on our ability to provide a supportive, inclusive and motivating environment where everyone has a role to play in supporting the delivery of outstanding service to our customers.

We offer excellent career opportunities to our colleagues, in an environment that is challenging and rewarding.

We are looking for highly talented people who can demonstrate an affinity with our values to help us achieve our vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good'. In return, we offer a lively and diverse environment in which people can build a long and varied career, rewarded with an excellent salary and benefits package.

Company Information

Everyone has an idea of what a water company does. Here in Yorkshire, we make sure that all 5.2 million people living in the region have clean safe drinking water on tap and their waste water taken away. But for us it's so much more than this.

We care passionately about the environments and communities in which we work; we always look for new innovative ways to do things that deliver great value for our business and deliver the service our customers want and expect.

Our customers are at the heart of what we do and how we do things. We work best as a company to deliver this when we work together - team work, creativity, enthusiasm and passion are inherent within our 3000 people who work 24/7 365 days a year to keep Yorkshire's water flowing.

We are a business that has its eye on the future, planning ahead to look after Yorkshire's water, today, tomorrow, and always.

Yorkshire Water values equality, diversity, and inclusion we celebrate and support difference and believe that everyone should be treated with respect. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or belief and trade union membership.

Yorkshire Water reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Closing date: 03/06/2022

For more information and to apply, click here 

Closing Date: 03/06/2022  Location: Livingstone House, Leeds / hybrid working

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