John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance Limited

Countryside Ranger

We are looking to recruit a part time Countryside Ranger for the St Albans area covering Bricketwood Common and Nomansland Common.

You are required to have a minimum of NVQ 2 or equivalent in Environmental Conservation or substantial experience in a similar role. Part-time: Approximately 18 to 25 hours a week which will include some weekend and evening working: Times by mutual agreement.

£10.53 per hour – Permanent

Bricket Wood Common is a SSSI site which features rare Heathland and Ancient Woodland habitat and hosts protected species such as the Great Created Newt.

Nomansland Common is located between Wheathampstead and Sandridge and features a variety of habitats including Heathland.

Requirements of the role include.

  • Undertaking duties supporting the day to day operation and management of the site.
  • Involvement in habitat management, path maintenance, access improvements, organising events and co- ordination and engagement with stakeholders and the local community
  • You will have excellent communication skills, be well organized an able to work on your own initiative.
  • A full driving licence and use of a car is essential.
  • Regular patrols of the Commons.
  • Carrying out routine checks including monitoring the health and well-being of Longhorn Cattle on Bricket Wood common and liaising with the volunteers and conservation grazier.
  • Health and Safety - Checking fencing and equipment on site.
  • Attend Events and Commons Management Committee Meetings.
  • Produce and present a Rangers Report which is subject to discussion at Committee Meetings.
  • To promote and raise awareness of wildlife in the Commons by a combination of led guided walks, community events and presentations
  • Keeping notice boards up to date.
  • Keep footpaths and desire line clear of obstructions by regular litter picking and scrub clearance.
  • Engage with and assist volunteer groups with any wildlife recording and conservation on site.
  • Answering any general enquires from visitors in the field and by email, as well as producing posters and information for the public to go on the noticeboards on site.
  • Uphold the byelaws

Please apply in the first instance by phoning Sue Baily on 01727 844638 or by emailing

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