Environment And Community Visitor Services Ranger

Vacancy posted: Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Salary: 23,023 - 24,388
Location: Highland

Closing date: 26 February 2017

Location: Achmore

Post Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 26 February 2017

Background Information on Unit

The Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District team is responsible for the management of around 80,000ha of the National Forest Estate, from Skye and Lochalsh in the west, through Glen Affric, around Loch Ness, the Black Isle, Inverness and down to Strathspey. The Forest District Manager is Graeme Prest who leads a team of around 70 staff.  he Environment and CVS team consists of 18 people who cover a wide range of duties, including pre-operational species and habitat checks, the provision of essential access infrastructure and interaction with communities and visitors.

The post holder will be responsible to Bruce Taylor, as reporting officer. The District office is at Smithton near Inverness and additionally has several out-stations. The post will be based in the Achmore outstation, near the Kyle of Lochalsh.

The workplace will include areas on the West coast of Scotland that are recognised internationally for their landscape, environmental and recreational value. The landscape attracts visitors from across the world to experience its diversity, whilst our resident communities have a strong interest in its management. The environment includes a rich archaeological heritage and habitats that include Atlantic coastal oak and coastal hazel woodlands and Caledonian pinewoods. The recreational activities span a spectrum from walking and wildlife spotting to mountain biking, water sports and paintball.

Purpose of the Job

The purpose of the job is to provide support to the West Beat team in the management, planning and delivery of our environment, communities and recreation programmes by actively working with the team and wider staff.

The West team operate a beat system and there will be occasion when wider support will be required on other activities.  Delivery will be in line with UKWAS and internal policy standards, with particular emphasis on health and safety, environment, community and recreation services.

Key Work Areas

Take the lead on site survey for species and habitat conservation features in the preparation of work plans;

Work with the Environment Officer for the West beat to identify and implement mitigation and protection actions for conservation features;

Monitor and report on the general health and condition of conservation features, collecting and presenting data as required;

Support the management of Communities & visitor services programmes including the health and safety of staff and members of the public;

Assist the local Communities and Visitor Services Forester in the management and maintenance of the access and recreation infrastructure on the West beat;

Liaise with other district delivery teams and maintain good working relationships with stakeholders and the public;

Contribute to key community engagements, representing Forest Enterprise Scotland’s interests, facilitating and managing community aspirations as required;

Liaise with local staff to support programme delivery;

Supervise the health, safety and environment standards associated with the management of contractors;

Actively report accidents and incidents using FC systems and procedures. 

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