Parks and Open Spaces Apprentice (Environmental Conservation) South Lakeland District Council

To assist in the delivery of volunteer led environmental and improvement projects to the districts and open spaces. Working within the Parks and Open Spaces Team whilst completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £129.50

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Notional 7.24 hours per day - flexi time scheme. Time off for college and reasonable study time.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    16 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001246325

  • Positions

    1 available

Parks and Open Spaces Apprentice required for Community and Leisure group, repsonsible to Principal Community Spaces Officer located at Kendal.

To assist in the delivery of volunteer led environmental and improvement projects to the districts parks and open spaces. Working within the Parks and Open Spaces Team whilst completing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • To assist in the routine day to day activities of the Parks and Open Spaces Team, including liaison with our customers, organising friends group meetings, developing maintenance plans, dealing with public queries and monitoring of the grounds maintenance contract
  • To plan and lead volunteer work programmes for specific sites including Biskey Howe, Millerground, Yew Barrow Woods, School Knott and Nobles Rest.
  • To research and develop onsite interpretation to be place in community locations
  • To plan and carry out education projects with eg. our partner The Cumbria Rivers Trust for flood relief project in Town View Field, taking a lead role in this project and school groups, as appropriate
  • To produce as directed, word-processed/database/spreadsheet documents in relation to volunteers, grants, survey and maintenance activities
  • To assist with the writing of site management plans. Implement the development of these plans, ensuring that practical habitat management work is successfully completed, monitored and evaluated
  • To apply for and secure grant funding for your projects
  • Undertake surveys of districts trees and develop the management and maintenance plans from these survey recommendations
  • To update and upload information on specific projects on the intranet and internet
  • To work with Communications Team to promote projects and inform residents and visitors through newsletters, public events, consultations, etc.
  • To contribute to the achievement of targets, aims and objectives contained within the service plan
  • Attend college for the designated apprenticeship course and training as appropriate
  • To undertake general team support including photocopying, scanning, information gathering, grant searches, site photographs, surveys and organise meetings

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Essential

  • Abililty to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to motivate self and others and use initiative to bring about service improvements
  • Driving Licence preferred due to rural location of sites

Desirable

  • Hold tickets for spraying, Chainsaw, Brushcutter

Personal qualities

Essential

  • Demonstrate experience of practical conservation and horticultural skills
  • Practical experience using Windows and PC based applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Ability to plan and prioritise work, manage time and respond effectively to changing circumstances

Desirable

  • Experience of working with volunteers and community groups

Qualifications required

Essential

  • Minimum educational requirement for the post (for example) Maths and English at Grade C or above or willingness to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English

Desirable

  • Level 2 in Environmental Conservation

Future prospects

May lead to a permanent position for the appropriate candidate

Things to consider

Two years fixed term including study and college release time - this will include short residential stays at Askham Bryan campus, York. This position is subject to Enhanced DBS. The successful candidate will have to arrange transport to York (for which SLDC will reimburse as per our policy guidelines).

About the employer

South Lakeland covers an area of 600 square miles including a variety of landscape features. The district falls within the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. On the East of the district are Kirkby Lonsdale, Sedbergh and Dent. It has 45 electoral wards and 51 councillors.

Employer

South Lakeland District Council

Address

South Lakeland House

Lowther Street

Kendal

LA9 4UQ

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Training provider

Work based training will be provided whilst studying an Advanced Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation through Askham Bryan College at York. 

Apprenticeship framework

Environmental Conservation

Training provider

ASKHAM BRYAN COLLEGE

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Newton Rigg College

Contact

Jane Barker 01539 793496 j.barker@southlakeland.gov.uk


Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply on the above site, interviews will be held on 20 July 2017. Successful shortlisted candidates will be informed by email of the interview time and location details.


This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Jul 2017