The Arran Access Trust are recruiting a temporary Access Ranger!
This varied role will directly help with the management of people, pressures and associated outdoor services and facilities over this year’s busy summer season. The ranger will engage directly with the public and encourage responsible behaviour. They will complete practical maintenance tasks all over the island – ensuring that the island’s path network and other green spaces are in excellent condition. They may also be required to assist volunteer maintenance groups and lead guided walks. An e-bike will be available to conduct parts of this job where practical (don’t worry, we have a van for bigger loads!).
The Arran Access Trust (‘AAT’) manages the Arran Coastal Way (a National Long-Distance Trail) and Arran Geopark (an Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark). The ranger will have the opportunity to get involved in all areas of the AAT’s work and act as a public face for the charity.
Since inception in 1999, the AAT has evolved from a community group set up primarily to resolve issues between landowners and walkers to the leading access organisation on Arran taking a strategic approach to the management of access provision throughout the island.
Access is very important to Arran both for those who live on the island and as a key part of the island’s tourism industry. Much more can be done to make sure that access on the island works well for visitors, residents, and the farmers and owners who manage the land.
- Encouraging responsible access through promotion of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
- Proactive Visitor Engagement:
- On-island at key locations and “hotspot” sites; and
- At peak times aboard the ferry.
- Practical Maintenance tasks:
- Including path work, clearing vegetation, clearing litter, repair/maintenance of signage/infrastructure; and
- Invasive Non-Native Species management.
- Managing/instructing volunteer groups in Practical Maintenance tasks.
- Leading guided walks.
- Promoting the work of the Arran Access Trust (including the Arran Coastal Way and Arran Geopark).
Qualification, Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
- Hold a qualification in a relevant discipline and / or at least a year’s equivalent experience.
- Experience of practical conservation work.
- Experience of engaging with the public in nature tourism or working in a busy countryside setting.
- Confident communication and influencing skills with colleagues, landowners/land managers, volunteers and the public.
- Experience of working in a team and working with volunteers.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work alone or work with minimal supervision.
- Flexible and adaptive to change and working in a variety of situations.
- Driving license.
- Comfortable riding a bike on roads and tracks.
- First Aid certificate.
- Brush cutter training.
- PA1 & PA6 pesticide training.
- Experience in leading groups of volunteers.
- Any Mountain Training qualification.
- IT and social-media experience.
The job is a full-time fixed-term contract to end of October 2021.
Salary: £13.00/hour (plus employer’s pension contribution).
Some weekend and flexible working will be required.
Part-time / job share arrangements will be considered.
Deadline: Sunday 4th of July.
Please send a CV and a brief statement telling us why you are suitable for this role.
Applications should be emailed to info@ArranGeopark.co.uk