Job vacancy: Kickstart Assistant Rangers (Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trusts)

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust have two exciting opportunities for two  part time Assistant Rangers funded by the government-funded Kickstart Scheme. These will largely be based outdoors with some adminstartation work to help support the land management teams.

To apply candidates need to be claiming Universal Credit, and be 16 to 24. 

Before applying please ensure you meet the Kickstart Scheme’s eligibility criteria and the essential criteria set out in the role profile. Then contact your Work Coach at Jobcentre Plus for a referral. To apply you will need to submit a CV and covering letter to Jobcentre Plus.

Kickstart Assistant Rangers – Job Description

Responsible to:      Project & Volunteer Officer (SLLP) or Land Management Team Officer (LM)

Responsible for:    n/a

Salary:                     National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the successful candidates) + 9% employee pension contribution entitlement after qualifying period.

Fixed Term 6-month contract

Job Ref No:             KS0521

OVERALL PURPOSE OF JOB 

This career development post offers a unique and exciting opportunity to undertake professional training and work based experience to begin a career in environmental conservation.

You will be based with either the Land Management team working with the Team Officers or with the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership working with the Practical Project and Volunteer Officer. Both of these posts will work across a broad range of Wildlife Trust Projects, gaining the experience and competence required to progress a career in environmental conservation.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the Project and Volunteer Officer or the Land Management Team Officer across a broad range of Projects, gaining the experience and competence required to progress a career in the environmental conservation sector.
  • Support a range of practical activities across the Sheffield Lakelands as well as Wildlife Trust Reserves, by looking after shared equipment and materials.
  • Undertake work-based training carrying out practical conservation management works on a range of settings including areas of woodland, moorland, grassland and heathland.
  • Taking part in and supporting a range of engagement activities with the Land Management and SLLP Project Team, including working with young people and adults.

To engage with staff, volunteers and members of the public in a professional manner

  • Assisting in the planning of conservation tasks including risk assessments, ordering materials, preparing equipment, booking tools and loading vehicles.
  • To ensure all work is undertaken according to Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust’s policies including those for health and safety, safeguarding, environmental, equal opportunities
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by the supervisor and in line with the aims of SLLP and the Land Management Team.

In additional we will provide accredited 1st Aid training and brushcutter training with scope for specialist internal training, along with career development support.

General Duties
  • Work to and promote the Trust’s Charitable Objectives, Strategy, policies and procedures, including the Trust’s culture statement
  • Undertake any other duties as required by the CEO that are commensurate with the skills and responsibilities of this post
  • Where appropriate, promote membership of the Trust
  • Present a professional image of the Trust at all times

Personal Specification

We expect candidates to be able to demonstrate in their application that they meet the following specification.

Essential Criteria

  • Proven interest in working in environmental conservation.
  • Physically able to undertake practical outdoor work and have a range of practical skills including the use of hand tools, alone or as part of a team. 
  • Passionate about nature and wildlife and willing and able to work outdoors in all weathers.
  • Able to work under own initiative with enthusiasm working with people of varying abilities and backgrounds.
  • Possess good verbal and written communication
  • A good track record of attendance and timekeeping.
  • Flexible to adapt to the needs of the business with excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Awareness of Health and safety at work practices.

Desirable Criteria

  • Possess a level 3 or above (A-Level, AS Level, NVQ level 3…) qualification in a relevant subject (examples: Ecology, Environment, Biology, Countryside Management).
  • Full Driving Licence and own transport.
  • Competent in the use of IT including the use of Microsoft Office: Word and Excel and Email

As the post may involve working with children and vulnerable adults a check on suitability may be required under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Demonstrate a right to live and work in the UK

ABOUT SHEFFIELD AND ROTHERHAM WILDLIFE TRUST

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts working to make the United Kingdom a better place for people and wildlife.  We are the biggest voluntary sector nature conservation and environmental regeneration organisation in South Yorkshire, supported by nearly 6,000 members and many volunteers.

We are part of the local community, working to protect and enhance the environment of Sheffield and Rotherham for the benefit of people and wildlife. The Trust manages 12 Nature Reserves including Greno Woods, Wyming Brook, Blacka Moor, Sunnybank and Centenary Riverside and recent projects include the delivery of natural flood risk management schemes on the Rother and recording the return of the otter along the River Don.  The Trust delivers a great programme of activities throughout the year to inspire people of all ages to learn about nature and enjoy being outdoors.  We also take action for wildlife and green spaces under threat, including campaigning to save an ancient woodland and local wildlife site, Smithy Wood, from being turned into a motorway service station.  For more information about our work please visit www.wildsheffield.com or phone 0114 263 4335 or email: mail@wildsheffield.com

With more than 800,000 members, the Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species. Collectively we manage over 2,300 nature reserves covering more than 90,000 hectares.

ABOUT SHEFFIELD LAKELAND LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has been granted initial approval¹ for a £2.8m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to set up a special ‘Landscape Partnership’ aimed at protecting and improving the city’s unique ‘Sheffield Lakeland’ area.

The project, part of HLF’s Landscape Partnership (LP) programme, will deliver an exciting programme of activities across an area that stretches from Langsett to Redmires and from the edge of Sheffield city to the moorland slopes of the Peak District National Park – an area referred to as Sheffield Lakeland in the 1950s. 

Organisations such as Yorkshire Water, Sheffield City Council and Bradfield Parish Council, as well as community groups, residents, farmers and land owners, have already expressed their support for the project and will form part of the steering group.

Activities include: managing woodlands, heaths and grasslands to benefit people and wildlife; improving footpaths and access for all across the area; finding ways to naturally improve drinking water and reduce flood risk in the city; repairing drystone walls; celebrating local heritage, music and history; offering farm visits, school and family activities, strolls for older people; as well providing volunteering and training opportunities in heritage conservation. There is also a community grant scheme to fund small projects that help to look after and share local heritage with others.

DETAILS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary:                            National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the successful candidates)      

Pension:                        

                                        All staff who earn over £192 per week (£833 per month) are over 22 and under pensionable age, are automatically enrolled on the SRWT pension scheme.  Following a 3 month postponement, SRWT will contribute 3% and the employee 5%. Staff with more than 6 months service who have passed a probation period will be entitled to a 9% contribution which need not be matched. Anyone who does not meet eligibility criteria will have the opportunity to join the scheme should they wish, although they will not qualify for SRWT contributions.

Working Hours:             The working week for this post is 25 hrs, exclusive of lunch breaks.  The post could occasionally involve some evening work with prior agreement for which time off in lieu can be taken.  Flexi-time does not apply although informal arrangements can be made at the Chief Executive’s discretion.

Location:                        The post will be based at Victoria Hall, Stafford Road, Sheffield S2 2SF but is likely to require remote working at locations within the area that SRWT covers and the Sheffield Lakeland area. 

Probationary Period:    You would be required to undertake a period of probation of 3 months, in which you will be expected to establish your suitability for the post.

Annual Leave:                20 days pro rata days holiday, plus 3 days to be taken between Christmas and New Year (if applicable), plus bank holidays. 

Length of Contract:       6 months

Transport provision:     Trust staff are required to use public transport wherever practical.  (Please read SRWT environmental policy for further guidance).  However the post holder will have use of a pool of Trust vehicles when needed.

Equal Opportunities:     Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and selection of applicants is based on merit.  Full policy document available on request.

DBS required:                This post may be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure.