Ranger – Lower Mill Estate

Habitat First Group is a development company founded on the principle of creating holiday home communities that share a deep love for Mother Nature.

Combining excellence in architecture, interior design, state-of-the-art facilities, security and service, Habitat First Group creates an oasis of space where families can holiday comfortably and responsibly, while safely exploring the great outdoors.

Ecology is at the forefront of what we do – taking care of the wildlife and environment around us.
Location Lower Mill Estate, Cirencester
Reporting to Chief Ecologist
Salary £20,000 - £25,000 depending on experience, qualifications and skill set
Hours 40 hours per week to include some weekends and evening
Contract: Full time permanent

This is a new role for Habitat First Group, and we are seeking an enthusiastic person to work closely with our Chief Ecologist and on-site teams, to support the delivery of a wide range of conservation projects and efficient running of a large, residential nature reserve.

  • You will have a passion for nature conservation, be experienced and confident in carrying out a range of practical, physical conservation tasks including (but not restricted to) scrub cutting, hedge laying and tree felling, as well as confident with habitat creation tasks.
  • You will also need to be confident people person who enjoys delivering family-orientated wildlife walks and bushcraft sessions.   You will be happy with flexible workings hours – leading wildlife walks in early mornings and evenings.
  • Although this role is based at Lower Mill Estate, there may be a requirement to travel to our sister site at Silverlake to assist with projects there on occasion.
  • Importantly, you will need to identify with and demonstrate our core values: Flexibility & Happiness; Sustainability; Support & Accountability.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ongoing habitat management tasks, and habitat creation, to protect and enhance species and habitats of conservation importance.
  • Developing and running interesting and enjoyable family wildlife activities such as guided walks and bushcraft sessions.
  • Taking part in/running some community projects and exhibitions.
  • Maintaining equipment such as chainsaws and mowers.
  • Administration – Ordering materials and maintaining records.

Essential

  • Driving license (full & clean)
  • Training and safe use of brush cutter & trimmers
  • Chainsaw CS30 & 31 or equivalent
  • Proven Forest School and/or Bushcraft/Wilderness Skills Qualifications
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service, with strong communication skills
  • Minimum 2 years of experience of delivering a wide range of practical conservation tasks
  • Must be prepared to go on NWSMP Open water management training
  • Sound knowledge of UK wildlife and habitats.

Desirable

  • Trained in safe use of wood chipper, mowers, winches and trailer towing
  • Species identification and wildlife surveying techniques
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Broad knowledge of practical habitat management techniques
  • Broad knowledge of UK wildlife legislation
  • An understanding of the value of green infrastructure and Building with Nature.
  • Knowledgeable in health and safety requirements and other compliance issues relating to the countryside and visitor activities
  • Hedge laying qualification and PA1 & PA6a
  • Interest in angling with the potential to provide develop this activity
  • Licence to use air rifle for pest