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South West Lakes Trust

County Wildlife Site Ranger

SALARY: £21,424 per annum pro rata
Roadford Lake office base with home working as agreed with line manager. Travel to sites over the southwest will be required.
18.75 hours per week to include weekends, Bank Holidays and evenings.
7 months (September 2022-March 2023)


Working in partnership with South West Water to deliver Water Industry National Environment Programme obligations, you will deliver habitat management interventions to enhance biodiversity to improve the ecological condition of our County Wildlife Sites.

For SW Lakes this role will contribute to;

  • Meeting our vision that: Our people, places and experiences we offer, will inspire this and future generations to love and benefit from the environment by delivering our environmental obligations.
  • Meeting our purpose: To care for natural and historic environments, providing health, social and wellbeing benefits for individuals and communities.
  • Meeting our impact: Our managed landscapes will be abundant, diverse and connected.
  • Ensuring the feeling of “It’s Your Outdoors” is shared with all stakeholders.


Our rangers work around lakes and reservoirs within the southwest of England; they focus on land and property of public interest and/or of designated conservation importance.

Our rangers deliver the essential tasks necessary to protect biodiversity and ensure that our managed landscapes will be abundant, diverse and connected. They help ensure compliance with statutory aspects such as the Conservation, Access and Recreation Code of Practice, as well as compliance with our Integrated Management Plans.

Our rangers operate in outdoor environments and largely independently, often lone working on and around deep water, as well as in small teams. Lone working for extensive periods requires individuals that are responsible and resilient.

Our rangers need to be comfortable working outdoors in all weather and being fit to work in these conditions whilst ensuring all risk assessments and lone working policies (where applicable) are followed.

This role is focused on our County Wildlife Sites and delivering habitat management interventions to enhance biodiversity to improve ecological condition and water quality.

Our rangers work within a supportive and skilled team and this role will be part of our Environment Team.


  • Take responsibility for selected habitat management work such as meadow cutting, coppicing, tree planting, and scrub control on our County Wildlife Sites. These habitat management works are detailed in our Integrated Management Plans.
  • All habitat management works are to be clearly communicated to the line manager which will aid progress reporting for the management of our County Wildlife Sites.
  • Work closely with our Environment Team to report on any conservation concerns such as invasive non-native species.
  • Take responsibility for the proper care and maintenance of equipment and vehicles that are used.
  • Organise and prioritise habitat management work to an agreed timeframe and quality.
  • Where appropriate, assist contractors, volunteers and other members of the Environment Team in conservation activities.
  • Undertake mandatory training and development as required by the Trust.
  • Ensure that you comply with Trust procedures to manage risk to the public, self, other staff, volunteers and contractors. Ensure that high quality risk assessments are carried out in line with Trust guidance for works you are undertaking and supervising and monitor compliance with safety procedures.
  • Carry out other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Trust.


You will be:

  • Motivated by the need to conserve and enhance the natural environment for the future and align with the Trusts values and ethos.
  • Enthusiastic with a positive approach to problem-solving and demonstrating a flexible approach.
  • A good organiser with proven ability to set priorities and to see tasks through to completion.
  • Able to work under your own initiative and take responsibility for the overall programme of works.

In addition to the essential criteria’s below.


(E) – Essential (D) – Desirable

Skills/ Experience

  • Practical outdoor manual labour; including safe use of hand tools and power tools (E)
  • Working with volunteers (E)
  • Understanding of protected sites such as County Wildlife Sites (E)
  • Able to produce and implement risk assessments (E)
  • Habitat management e.g., grass cutting, scrub control, woodland management (E)
  • MS Office (E)
  • Able to swim (D)


  • Full and valid UK driving licence (E)
  • Strimmer/brushcutter (E)
  • Chainsaw (E)
  • Tractor operator (D)
  • Trailer towing (D)

Education / Experience

  • Countryside/habitat management (formal education or experience in sector) (E)
  • Understanding of conservation, biodiversity and healthy habitats (E)
  • Public Access (D)
  • Recreation (D)


  • Habitat management (E)
  • Wildlife legislation (E)


  • Building understanding and trust (E)
  • Driving results/self-starter (E)
  • Effective communication (E)
  • Personal effectiveness (E)
  • Teamwork (E)
  • Lone working (E)

To apply please visit our website to download an application pack. Please complete and return the application form to Will Samuels at by the closing date midnight Friday 9th September 2022

Closing Date: 09/09/2022  Location: Roadford Lake office base with home working

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