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This is an exciting time for Southampton’s Parks and greenspaces with the establishment of the first city-wide Ranger Service. As a Ranger you will be part of a team responsible for leading the delivery of conservation management across a range of semi-natural greenspaces, including Southampton Common SSSI. You will be approachable and knowledgeable, and your work will encourage residents to make greater use of the Greenways for informal recreation. You will also work with Friends of groups to help communities reconnect with the city’s natural environment.

You will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking practical habitat management and access work to conserve Southampton’s biodiversity and provide residents and visitors with improved access to semi-natural greenspaces.
  • Undertaking regular site walks of semi-natural greenspaces to provide a first point of contact for visitors and identify works required and deal with any issues.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of biodiversity management plans for semi-natural greenspaces across the city.
  • Helping to deliver actions from the newly adopted Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity strategies.
  • Working with volunteers, student placements and ‘Friends of’ groups to deliver additional resources and create a sense of ownership amongst local communities.
  • Working with other Natural Environment Team members to deliver a comprehensive service covering ecological advice and surveying, habitat and species management, informal recreation, and environmental education.

To be successful in the role you will hold a relevant countryside or environment qualification to a minimum of a national qualification framework level 2, or equivalent experience, plus relevant certificates and/or proofs of technical competence.

You will also require excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and be a good team player with a positive attitude, able to work effectively with other staff, contractors and members of the public. You should have sound ecological knowledge, be competent in the use of appropriate hand tools and machinery and have experience of working with a range of volunteers and groups to enhance natural green spaces.

This is a 37 hour per week, permanent, full time contract which falls within Grade 6 of the Southampton City Council’s pay grades. This will equate to an annual salary of £26,609 – £28,770 plus weekend working enhancement pay.

Working for Southampton City Council will have its rewards, we are part of the Hampshire pension scheme, and the post will come with a minimum of 25 days annual leave (not including bank holidays) dependent upon your length of service in Local Government. There are lots of other employee benefits open to SCC employees, from childcare vouchers and discounted travel to money off at selected restaurants, shops, and salons.

You will be based at Holly Lodge Depot, on Southampton Common, which has excellent transport links to all of the surrounding area of Hampshire and beyond.

The Southampton Natural Environment Team covers all matters relating to the conservation of biodiversity within Southampton and provision of opportunities for people to enjoy the natural environment. This includes provision of ecological advice to other City Council Departments, including the Planning Department, delivery of the Natural Environment section of the Green City Plan, management of semi-natural greenspace, supporting Parks Friends of groups and running volunteer activities and co-ordinating projects to improve the accessibility of the Greenways.

If this challenge appeals to you, and you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Contact details for informal discussion:

For further information and details regarding the position please contact Dawn Bannatyne 07787697306.

Recruitment contact details:

Tel: 023 8083 4033

Interview Information:

Please note that interviews are scheduled for week commencing 15th July.

Additional information:

  • The working hours for this role are 37 hours per week - Weekend working will be required and occasional evening work.
  • This is a permanent position.
  • Please note that appointments are usually made at the bottom of the salary scale.
  • This post requires a DBS check.
  • For any posts that require a DBS check, if you have lived outside the UK within the last 5 years, you will be required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct or a police certificate from the country/countries you have resided in. Kindly note that this is at the expense of the candidate, as well as any costs involved for translating into English.

How to apply:

To apply for the position please select the 'Apply for this job' button at the bottom of the page.

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed, unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications that are made through a third party agency. We cannot guarantee that any correspondence sent from third party agencies will be responded to. To ensure your application is received please apply directly through our website.

We are proud to be #DisabilityConfident and support fair recruitment practices. Find out how you can get involved at No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

Southampton City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. It is committed to delivering services to ensure they are happy, safe and have opportunities to reach their goals as responsible members of our community. We believe it is always unacceptable for a child, young person or adult to experience abuse of any kind, and recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare. We are committed to following safe practices to ensure this and expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. This commitment is reflected in all our recruitment and selection practices.

As a Corporate Parent we are actively aiming to support all our children in care (looked after children) and care leavers. Any applicants who are children in care or care leavers, who meet the essential criteria for the post applied for, will be guaranteed an interview.

For further information and to apply visit: Ranger (14921) (

Closing Date: 30/06/2024  Location: Southampton

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