Volunteer & Diversity Ranger

Bakewell | £25,409 to £26,845 pro rata per annum

Employer: Peak District National Park Authority
Sector/Specialism: Public Sector

The Role
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join the Engagement Diversity team within the Peak District National Park Authority. We are looking to appoint a motivated person to deliver volunteer activities that support the delivery of the National Park Management Plan, Authority Volunteer Plan, and Diverse Audience Plan. The Volunteer and Diversity Team connect will 2500+ individuals annually, promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park and the health and wellbeing benefits it offers. This will be achieved through a programme of targeted practical and enjoyable activities supporting the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.

In the role you will be responsible for:
• Assist in the development and delivery of a programme of conservation related projects that create volunteer opportunities for young people and those from underserved communities to connect with and enjoy the National Park.
• Deliver commercial volunteer opportunities in line with income target, through practical conservation and access improvement work with groups, corporate volunteering and volunteer work parties.

This role will operate across the Peak District National Park working with landowners, partners and Peak District Teams; operational bases split between Pump Farm (Warslow Estate) and Brunts Barn (Grindleford). A vehicle and trailer will be available for use of role.

The job will include regular weekend working with an additional allowance paid, maximum 2 in 4 weekend rotas with rest days during the week.
Post-holder must have the ability to travel to meetings and events as required by the duties of the post.

About You
The successful applicant will be involved in many practical aspects of conservation and access improvement work including pond clearance, drystone walling, tree planting, fencing, and access works, sites are extremely varied and at times remote.
You should hold certificates of competency or be willing to train in chainsaw, brushcutting, off road driving, trailers, general hand tool use with groups and some other practical skills as required.
Hold a qualification in Countryside Management, or significant related experience, specifically, delivery and supervision of conservation groups; have a good understanding of landscape and nature conservation management and public access. An ability to travel in between sites at short notice and drive site vehicles is essential.
You will be reliable and possess good organisational and interpersonal skills and have a positive attitude towards customer care. The post involves developing projects and engaging with diverse community groups, volunteers and young people.
It is important the successful candidate is able to work alone and as a member of a team with experience in training and supervision of volunteers. To show initiative and be able to plan own work.

About Us
The Peak District National Park was the first of Britain’s 15 national parks and is still enjoyed by millions, looking for both adventure and a breathing space to escape. It is also the most accessible due its proximity to four major cities of the UK and its 38,000 residents. We recognise the importance of our national park and our job is to speak up and care for the Peak District National Park for all to enjoy forever.

Our Values
• Care - We care for the Peak District National Park, the people we work with and all those we serve. It’s at the heart of everything we do.
• Enjoy - We take pride in what we do and feel good about our contribution.
• Pioneer - We were born of pioneers. We will continue to explore opportunities to inspire future generations.

Further Information
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Lorna Fisher (Engagement Manager) on lorna.fisher@peakdistrict.gov.uk. No agencies at this time please.

We offer a range of staff benefits including flexi-time, a great pension with employer contribution of 19.57%, 25-30 days holiday plus Bank Holidays and free parking at most of our offices. Please look at our Total Reward Brochure to see what we offer.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Peak District National Park Authority is committed to equal opportunities. We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us.

We are a Disability Confident employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role.