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Title

Community Ranger

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Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location
Town/City Upminster
Salary Additional Information £28,123 - £29,863
Salary (Minimum)
0
Salary (Maximum)
0
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Part Time / Per Day
Level Mid Level
Deadline 05/07/2020
Company Name Forestry Commission
Contact Name HR
Website Further Details / Applications
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Description
The Community Ranger will work as part of the Thames Beat team to encourage, support and develop a diverse range of community involvement and recreational opportunities within the Thames Chase Community Forest.

The post is a job share based on an operational working pattern of 22 hours a week. It is expected that the post holder may work weekends and evenings on an ad hoc basis.

Job description

Background information

Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, with over 230 million visits per year. As England’s largest land manager, we shape landscapes and are enhancing forests for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow. Forestry England is an agency of the Forestry Commission.

East England District manages some 35,000 hectares of the nation’s forests from North Norfolk to Brighton, including Thetford Forest and the outlying beats of Sandlings, Kent, East Sussex, Chilterns and Thames Chase Community Forest. Much of the 35,000 hectares is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is highly popular as a recreational area.

Thames Beat, based in Upminster, Essex, is the main outstation for managing the District's Community Woodlands. Thames Beat has ten staff who manage ten Community Woodlands across Thames Chase Community Forest, created near to communities over the last decade on greenfield and brownfield land. They support a range of habitats from woodland, traditional orchards, wildflower meadows, and provide community participation opportunities. The team’s role is to manage and sustainably expand the Community Woodland estate.

Responsibilities

Key work areas:

1. Site presence: Act as the face of Forestry England on site, providing a regular visible site presence, answering visitor queries and promoting safe and considerate behaviours amongst all visitors.

2. Ensure recreational facilities are maintained and safe by undertaking regular inspections and practical maintenance tasks.

3. Lead on the development and management of volunteer groups and the delivery of a programme of community engagement on site.

4. Undertake site maintenance using tools and machinery where necessary.

5. Coordinate the implementation of emergency procedures across the facility, providing first aid assistance and support to emergency services.

6. Support administration of social media and web based information, providing regular updates on events and site operations.

7. Undertake housekeeping and site maintenance including emptying bins and litter collection.

8. Manage and support groups and individuals who wish to access or hold events in the woodlands.

9. Manage and support beat operational programmes including project delivery, in line with internal guidance and district plans.

10. Maintain and develop links with external partners and stakeholders.

Essential:

• Experience of working in a public facing role
• Practical manual skills and a willingness to work in an outdoor environment
• Practical experience of planning and delivering community engagement programmes
• Competent user of IT particularly in the use of Microsoft applications and social media
• Full driving licence

Desirable:

• Planning and leading volunteer groups and programmes
• Experience of project and contract management

Technical Skill
• Qualification to Higher National Diploma or equivalent level in Countryside Management or relevant Tourism/ Leisure discipline. Alternatively, significant work experience in these areas

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Qualification to Higher National Diploma or equivalent level in Countryside Management or relevant Tourism/ Leisure discipline. Alternatively, significant work experience in these areas

Benefits

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
• 25 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after 5 years service) plus 10.5 days public, privilege and additional holidays
• Three days special paid volunteering leave per year
• Staff discounts
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
• 25 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after 5 years service) plus 10.5 days public, privilege and additional holidays
• Three days special paid volunteering leave per year
• Staff discounts

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
This is a Permanent Job Share Appointment.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Please provide:

1. A CV setting out your job history with key responsibilities and achievements, details of full qualifications and your skills and experience. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than 500 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience are suitable for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

The selection panel will be looking for applications that demonstrate the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the person specification. Failure to address any or all of these criteria may affect your application.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift will be conducted using the highest score in the experience section. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Application sift: 6th – 7th July 2020

Interviews: 14th July (to be confirmed)

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be conducting online interviews with the use of Microsoft Teams or equivalent online communication methods. Candidates would therefore require access to a computer and internet at interview stage.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

This role is part time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply
however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the
vacancy holder before applying.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-mployment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

The duties of the post require a flexible working week to allow for rostering on weekends, public and privilege holidays and evenings (with the exception of Christmas Day).

The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.

Any move to FCE will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via FCERecruiment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.
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