Rewilding Ranger



Reports to: Rewilding Manager
Role Type: Part of the Core Team
Contract: 3 year fixed-term, full-time contract. (Aspiration to continue but funding dependent)
Salary: £21,000 per annum, plus basic accommodation on site
Location: This role will ideally see you living on site at Embercombe, or very close by
How to Apply: Please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter detailing why you would be suitable for this role and why you would like to join our team to jobs@embercombe.org by 5pm on 2nd February 2024

Role Description

We have secured a Countryside Stewardship agreement to deliver the most significant level of capital works on site in over a decade. This role is to lead on the delivery of the agreement, including the administration, under the guidance of our experienced Rewilding Manager.  

We have recently completed two successful land-based community engagement projects and have several people who have been volunteering with us and who wish to continue. This role will be responsible for establishing and running a regular volunteer team who will assist with the practical works on the land, including the CS agreement works.  

We have also established regular biodiversity monitoring and surveying of the wildland. This role will help us continue this work as well as expand the areas where we can gain important data about our rewilding work. This will be through both the successful candidate and volunteers carrying out monitoring. 

We run successful rewilding programmes and courses, as well as day visits by groups, universities, colleges, and organisations. This role will have the opportunity to be involved in helping to deliver some of these courses and programmes. 

We have a lot of land to look after! A small part of this role will support the Site Team in getting some of the day-to-day land-based tasks done, such as amenity mowing and tending our ‘People Zones’ so that we have a nice, safe space for our participants and maintaining the medicine garden. You may also be called upon to support the Site Manager when emergency/urgent issues that arise (particularly out of hours). 

You will become part of our team of on-site first aiders and fire wardens, after the appropriate training. 

Key Outcomes

  1. To deliver the Countryside Stewardship agreement in line with the provided specification, and within budget. This will include the practical work, supervising volunteers, overseeing contractors, livestock introduction and management, record keeping, submitting claims, and recording works. You will be supported in this work by our Rewilding Manager.
  2. To establish and maintain a regular volunteer work party on site.
  3. To support the Rewilding Manager in the biodiversity surveying and monitoring of the wildland.
  4. To support the Site Team with some land-based tasks such as mowing and hedge cutting where our programmes require. (This work will integrate and ensure that any land management is in alignment with our rewilding approach.)
  5. The implementation of high standards of health and safety practice and fire safety in meeting regulatory and operational requirements. 

Principle Tasks

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Hedge laying 
  • Coppicing of medium sized trees 
  • Orchard restoration and pruning of fruit trees 
  • Fencing and site infrastructure 
  • Contractor management 
  • Grazing livestock management 
  • Surveying and monitoring of species and habitats 
  • Cutting back vegetation, mowing, trimming hedges, tending our People Zone beds 
  • Maintaining our orchard and our small medicine garden 

Person Specification

We are looking for a practically capable, enthusiastic, and motivated individual who has a passion for regenerating land for wildlife. Your role will focus on land-based management, including rewilding, traditional nature conservation, grazing livestock and some amenity land work where needed for our programmes.

There will be a modest amount of administration work to enable the practical delivery such as risk assessments, emails to volunteers and team members, record keeping and submitting grant claim forms, so we also need someone with a basic level of computer literacy who is willing to engage in this type of admin in small, but regular, slots in their week.  

You will also be involved in managing weekly volunteers, carrying out survey and monitoring and working on some of our rewilding courses and programmes so we are looking for someone who can relate to others, guide them, motivate people to try new skills, plan and prioritise tasks and adapt to weather and changing circumstances.  

Sometimes things come up that we had not expected. We are looking for someone who is willing to be part of a dedicated team at Embercombe who will help resolve and learn from such times.  

To deliver this role successfully, you will need to: 

  • Have experience working in practical habitat management, delivering practical conservation work to restore nature 
  • Be competent with machinery and equipment, including pruning saws, brush cutters, chainsaws, hand tools, and have the relevant certificates required 
  • Be able to handle, check and care for livestock including pigs, ponies, sheep and cattle (Some of this can be learned on the job but basic experience will be needed.) 
  • Be able to engage with volunteers and work alongside them, supporting them to learn new skills and carry out practical work safely and to instructions 
  • Have some basic wildlife identification skills 
  • Be able to work alone safely and with autonomy 
  • Be able to assess risks, take action and mitigate them 
  • Be willing to fully undertake the basic administration associated with this role

Tasks will on occasion include lifting/moving heavier objects. (Safe manual handling training will be available)

It would be useful, but not necessary for you to: 

  • Have prior experience of hedge-laying and tree pruning 
  • Have a full, clean UK driving license 
  • Be able to carry out basic repair of tools and equipment 
  • Have chainsaw tickets
  • Have a qualification in outdoor first aid 
  • Have experience of overseeing contractors (for example fencing contractors) 
  • Have experience of working with groups of people or volunteers 
  • Be compassionate to others life experiences 
  • Have tractor and/or vehicle with trailer driving experience 
  • Have fire safety experience

 To fit into life at Embercombe, you will need to: 

  • Have effective communication skills with proven ability to work collaboratively 
  • Have a positive attitude, and the ability to support and motivate others where needed 
  • Be willing to communicate openly, to share with others and to be supported by others where needed 
  • Find pragmatic solutions, seek improvements and adapt to changing situations 
  • Be able to multi-task 
  • Be willing to work to the principle of reciprocity with the land 
  • Be a team player with good self-autonomy 
  • Have good organisation and time management skills 
  • Be able to prioritise and handle a varied workload 
  • Have an awareness that this is a small team that relies on a flexible approach from each member in helping out with tasks as required 

What We Offer

  • A 3-year, fixed-term contract 
  • Basic on-site accommodation 
  • Company pension enrolment 
  • Flexible hours 
  • The opportunity to work with a small, passionate, dedicated team 
  • Beautiful work location!
  • Discounted lunches from our plant-based, organic kitchen (during our catered programmes only)
  • Free / discounted place on an Embercombe programme (after 6 months in post) 
  • Space to develop the role 
  • The opportunity for training and mentorship 

Application

To apply for this role, please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter detailing why you would be suitable for this role and why you would like to join our team to jobs@embercombe.org by 5pm on 2nd February 2024

What Next?

We believe in creating a transparent and fair hiring process. Our process consists in the following steps:

  1. Application: Submit your application by sending your CV and cover letter to jobs@embercombe.org detailing which role you are interested in.
  2. Initial Screening: We will review your application and if successful, will contact you to schedule an introductory zoom call.
  3. In-Person Interview: If selected, we will invite you to an in-person interview to learn more about your experience and interests.
  4. Reference Check: We will contact your provided references.
  5. Offer: If you are the right fit for the role, we will extend an offer of employment.