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Apprentice Countryside Rangers (Various Locations, Dorset)

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Dorset Council
Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Dorset, Ringwood, Swanage
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Salary details
National Minimum Rate for Apprentices
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
Graham Stanley
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Contact telephone
01258 456970
Closing Date
08 June 2020
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Apprentice Countryside Ranger Placements 2020

18 month placement

National Apprentice Minimum Wage


Do you want a career in the great outdoors? Do you want to help look after some of England’s most stunning scenery?

Dorset  Council has 10 Apprenticeship Countryside Ranger placements at Level 2 available starting September 2020 at various locations around the County.

Working in partnership with Kingston Maurward College, you will work and learn in the beautiful Dorset Countryside gaining qualifications and experience for your future career.

For more information on what we do please visit the Apprentice Ranger Scheme

What you will be doing

Day to day maintenance of the country parks, nature reserves, coastal paths and coastal corridor, the Rights of Way Network (Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways) and Highway verges. 

The wardening and promotion of responsible use of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), specifically on Heathland sites. 

Furniture replacement, litter picking, constructing and installing fingerposts and waymarks, gates and stiles, vegetation clearance, path surfacing and repairs and livestock checks. 

Visitor centre work helping with interpretation, guided walks, wildlife monitoring, volunteer days and tasks such as helping supervise Conservation Volunteers, Monument Management Programme, school groups and events with local community groups (this includes work with Dorset Dogs Initiative). 

The habitats vary between, grassland, wetland, heathland, mixed woodland and scrub and from small picnic sites to National Nature Reserves. 

Conservation work which includes tree and scrub clearance, grass cutting and meadow management, coppicing and dry stone walling.

About you

Hands on and practical in nature.

Voluntary experience or attended a countryside management course is desirable but not essential.

Able to problem-solve and think on the go. Able to articulate and willing to communicate with a range of different people

Enthusiastic, willing to learn, strong commitment or interest in countryside management, willing to work outdoors in all weather and commit to a 18 month contract and study in your own time. 

Additional Information

This is an apprenticeship placement opportunity with a maximum 18 month contract. 

There is no guarantee of a permanent post beyond this but support and guidance will be provided throughout the apprenticeship to identify and ensure a positive end result in terms of employment or further training opportunities.

Requirement for own accommodation and transport to and from work

Any offer of employment from DC is subject to successful application to Kingston Maurward College. You will also need to complete a KMC application form which you will be sent when you are shortlisted for interview

Training to be provided

Candidates work towards a Level 2 Countryside Worker Apprenticeship.

Further training is completed in Functional Skills, and First Aid.

Training will be provided in partnership with Kingston Maurward College. You will also receive additional training delivered through Kingston Maurward College, Countryside and Greenspace  Ranger Service.

Important - You will need to answer the following 2 questions 

  1. After looking at the different locations centres of work (Blandford, Dorchester, Avon Heath Country Park, Durlston Country Park) which would be your first three preferences and why?

  2. Becoming an apprentice ranger requires dedication, resourcefulness and a willingness to learn. What skills, qualities and previous experience can you bring to the 18 months you will spend with the Dorset Countryside Rangers?

Please email your answer to graham.stanley@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk in no less than 200 words and no more than 400