Wild For People Project – Nature Conservation Ranger

The role

Contract: 15 hours per week, 32 month contract

Job Description – Nature Conservation Ranger

About You: This is a role for someone who is well organised with excellent communication skills and the ability to work on his or her own initiative, as part of a small team. You will need previous experience of working with volunteers in an outdoor setting and an understanding of conservation land management. You will have a passion for the natural world and be able to manage multiple priorities and always achieve high standards. Flexibility and a sense of humour will be vital.

You will be employed by Ambios Ltd, a nature conservation training organisation, however the role will be funded by Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Sharpham Trust as part of the Wild for People project (see below). An interest in Sharpham Trust’s charitable work and mindfulness would also be an advantage.

Because this role engages with children and vulnerable adults, any offer of employment is conditional on receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

The project

The Wild For People project will focus on the historic eighteenth century “Capability Brown” parkland landscape of the Sharpham Estate, enhancing its biodiversity and helping a wider range of people to engage with and understand the natural heritage.

The management of the historic parkland landscape will change from a conventional chemical approach to organic farming to a less intensive grazing and a restoration of the wood pasture habitat that would have originally characterised the park. This new approach will enhance habitats thereby benefiting the associated species of flora and fauna, many of which have suffered serious declines across the UK in recent decades.

This restoration will enable a new programme of public engagement to engage a wider audience of people with the history and the wildlife of the estate including: schoolchildren, adults in recovery from mental health challenges, young people, adults with learning disabilities and the general public.

Public access to the park will be enhanced and combined with activities designed to engage people including: wildlife events, conservation volunteering, Bioblitz, wildlife surveys and conservation training. As a result people will develop new skills and understanding of the heritage, biodiversity data will be collected and published and wildlife will be enhanced, protected and more resilient.

Apply

To apply, please complete our application form attached and return to farm@ambios.net.

Closing date: 16th April 2021

Suggested interview date: 5th May 2021