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Conservation Ranger

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Contract typePermanent
Contract length
OrganisationThe City of London Corporation
LocationCaterham, Surrey
Salary£24,766 to £28,183 per annum including all allowances, based on grade C residential

Job details

We are seeking to appoint an experienced conservation ranger to work with us in delivering a comprehensive site management programme across our Open Spaces.

If you are interested in working with the local community to protect and conserve beautiful and historic landscapes on the fringes of Surrey and Kent via a programme of conservation management then we would love to hear from you

You will be joining a dynamic team of professional land managers at an exciting time; not only will you be looking to enhance biodiversity through the practical implementation of Countryside Stewardships grants but also you will be responsible for  shaping the wider environment through the production of new local plans for all of our sites.

As the representative ranger for nature conservation your priorities will be to:

  • Consult on and prepare revised local plans for 6 Open Spaces.
  • Contribute to planning and policy development for sustainable conservation and heritage management across the division.
  • Evaluate and monitor features of nature conservation and historic interest across our habitats and sites.
  • Raise awareness of wildlife and heritage conservation challenges and successes, and the work of the City of London Corporation across all sectors of our local communities, including schools and colleges.

You should have excellent written and verbal communication skills which will enable you to champion our work through leading guided walks and making presentations. You should hold an appropriate qualification (minimum diploma or NVQ Level 2) in a land management discipline (or closely related) and you need to have a full driving licence. Consideration will also be given to applicants in possession of an equivalent qualification gained in other sectors, but they will need to demonstrate how their transferrable skills are immediately relevant to site management for nature conservation.

To meet the challenges of this post, you will most likely have proven experience within the nature conservation sector and will have significant experience of the management planning process, including consultation. You will also be comfortable as a ranger responding to any number of site based issues and emergencies as and when necessary as well as supervising projects and working effectively in teams and alone.

The working week is based upon an average 37 hour week, including one in three weekends and some evening working. You will also be on an out-of-office hours duty rota. You are required to occupy service accommodation for the better performance of your duties

The Merlewood Estate Office is the operational base for the West Wickham and Coulsdon Commons, 6 of the City of London’s Open Spaces; you will be expected to work across all of these sites, providing a joined up approach to nature and heritage conservation, and informal recreation. More information about these sites can be found here, including links to our existing local plans:

This is a unique post and will require a unique individual who is looking to further their career, develop new skills and be at the centre of a team responsible for managing some of the country’s finest open spaces.

For an informal discussion regarding this post please contact Allan Cameron (Head Ranger) or Barry Gutteridge (Senior Ranger) on 01372 279083.

Closing date: 12 noon 2 March 2018.

Interviews will be held at the Merlewood Estate Office date to be confirmed.

To apply online, visit

Contact 020 7332 3978 (24 hr answerphone) quoting reference number OS399 if you experience any problems. A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available on 020 7332 3732.

The City of London Corporation is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date2018-02-26