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Fire Ranger

Fire Ranger
Location: RSPB Dove Stone Nature Reserve, Manchester, OL3
Salary: £19,305 - £21,417 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, 26 days Annual Leave, Life Assurance
Duration: Fixed Term until September 2025
Hours: Full Time for 37.5 hours per week

This is an exciting, opportunity to play an important role in helping to reduce fire risk at a stunning yet fragile landscape on the edge of the Peak District National Park. If you would love to play your part in helping to look after this precious landscape, and the nature that calls it home, then read on.

Key activities will include:

  • Providing a high-profile onsite presence at Dove Stone/the Longdendale Valley, patrolling both areas, deterring & reporting issues such as BBQs, campfires or behaviour that increases fire risk
  • Positive face-to-face engagement to educate visitors about fire risk/fire reporting and to discourage behaviour that may lead to fires
  • Litter picking
  • Recruiting & managing a pool of zero hour seasonal contract staff and a team of volunteers
  • Working collaboratively with others to maximise joint efforts to reduce fire risk
  • Proactively seeking opportunities to deliver community/schools outreach
  • Producing & installing fire signage
  • Assisting with evening fire watch duties
  • Administrative tasks e.g. collating data, weekly reports, incident logs, rotas, timesheets
  • Winter/wet weather activities e.g. brush cutting/assisting with conservation tasks (training can be provided)

What we need from you


  • A confident, approachable, diplomatic, level-headed nature
  • Physically fit and able to patrol a variety of sometimes remote areas
  • Previous experience in a similar role/environment and of dealing with challenging or confrontational behaviour
  • A proven track record in people engagement
  • Experience of working in partnership and building relationships with others
  • Experience of producing and delivering presentations to community groups and/or to schools
  • Experience of managing staff and volunteers
  • Organised and computer literate with the ability to carry out record keeping and general admin tasks such as completing timesheets, reports and rotas
  • Comfortable carrying out lone working and working on own initiative remotely from the team as well as being part of a team
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Able to work some weekends, evenings, and bank holidays to meet requirements of the role


  • Practical experiences such as the use of brush cutters and strimmers 

Closing Date: 23:59, Thu, 20th Oct 2022

We're looking to conduct interviews for this position from November 2022. 

To complete your application online please CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 20/10/2022  Location: RSPB Dove Stone Nature Reserve, Manchester, OL3 7NE

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