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Rural Estates Ranger

Salary: £20,639 - £23,491
Salary is dependent on experience and skills/ Dstl level 3: £20,639 - £23,491
Location: Dstl Porton Down - Salisbury, SP4 0JQ

About the job


The Rural Estates Ranger is accountable to the Rural Estate Ecological Officer for the practical aspects of conservation and habitat management across the Dstl Porton Down estate and specifically on the Site of Special Scientific Interest, (SSSI) Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in line with legislation legislation and Dstl Policy. It is an opportunity to deliver important conservation work on a nationally important chalk downland site.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Proven commitment to nature conservation
  • Willingness to learn the practical aspects of conservation and habitat
  • Desire to develop their basic understanding of the rural estate and enhance the conservation status.
  • Develop an understanding of Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
  • A passion for nature, wildlife and the outdoors.
  • Develop a understanding of ecological issues.
  • A willingness to be a team player.


In this role you will:

  • Scrub clearance and topping of scrub
  • Woodland Management
  • Hedge cutting
  • Erection and maintenance of all fencing including electric
  • Range track maintenance
  • Herbicide spraying
  • Assist with ecological monitoring including ornithological and butterfly surveys
  • Undertake nest management and protection work
  • Undertake and assist in habitat management and creation projects
  • General support for conservation activities including assisting with artifacts and displays.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be UK Nationals who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to undertake the projects we are involved in to protect us from security threats. For this reason, only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners.

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Closing Date: 25/09/2022  Location: Salisbury

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