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Apprentice Countryside Ranger Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh Borough Council

Are you a practical outdoors person that wants to pursue a career working in the countryside? Do you have a strong interest in nature conservation and want to make a difference on the ground? We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our Countryside team to help us manage our 24 countryside reserves around the borough.

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Closing date: 17 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,250.00

  • Working week

    Working week Monday - Friday 8 - 4pm. Some weekend working may be required.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    22 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000068952

  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will carry out a wide variety of tasks with the team across our reserves which will support your qualification including:

• Using hand and power tools to cut scrub and bramble to restore open heathlands, meadows and glades

• Felling and coppicing trees in our ancient woodlands

• Driving in wooden posts to install and repair cattle fencing

• Digging out wetlands and ditches to maintain and restore ponds and watercourses

• Carrying out site inspections and assisting with infrastructure repairs (eg fences, bridges, boardwalks)

• Helping to lead volunteers delivering a wide range of practical conservation tasks throughout the year.

• Assisting with all aspects of health and safety to ensure the work of the team is done safely.

 

You will be based at Itchen Valley Country Park in West End but will be required to work across the borough. A full, clean driving licence would be an advantage but not essential for the apprenticeship role.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Qualification:
Level 2 Countryside Worker Apprenticeship

The knowledge aligns to a level 2 qualification in Environmental Conservation
Block-release at College
Duration:
12 - 18 months

What will I learn?
Countryside Workers carry out specific environmental and conservation tasks and they will also be clear about how practical conservation work interacts with the productive and recreational use of the countryside, including allied farming (livestock and crop production) and sporting activities (most commonly fishing and shooting) and how these relate to countryside management practices. For example, a Countryside Worker would know that work on paths on upland farms should avoid lambing season and that work on grouse habitat should be done in the winter.

Countryside Workers will be able and willing to do challenging work outdoors, in a variety of locations, which may be remote, including moorland, heathland, woodland and coast, interact with the public and explain their work as well as undertaking their role all year round in a variety of weathers, both on their own and as part of a team.

The following will be provided as part of the apprenticeship:

The Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) NPTC – Award – Level 2
Brushcutters and Strimmers training
Level 3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work
Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting C&G – Certificate of Competence – Level 2
 

As part of the apprenticeship programme you will be required to undertake both on and off-the-job training. While your employer will be responsible for your training on-the-job (workplace), the College and your employer will be jointly responsible for your off-the-job training enabling you to help develop the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to become competent in your job role.

You will attend College on a block-release basis during term-time for the duration of your programme with us, to gain knowledge and develop some practical skills. The College will agree additional off-the-job training with your employer to ensure you develop the majority of your skills and behaviours in the workplace.

What grades will I need?
Five GCSEs at 9–3/A*–E (Including English and Maths).

How will I be assessed?
Apprentices must meet the knowledge, skills, and behaviours as defined within the standard. All apprentices must take an independent assessment at the end of their training to assess their ability and competence in their job role.

Where will it lead me?
Estate Worker
Access Ranger
Maintenance Ranger
Site Warden
Assistant Ranger
Field Operative
Volunteer Leader
 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Where will it lead me?


Estate Worker
Access Ranger
Maintenance Ranger
Site Warden
Assistant Ranger
Field Operative
Volunteer Leader


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, An interest in conservation, A strong motivation, Work outdoors in all weathers, Good practical skills

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

With on-the-job training and learning at Sparsholt College you will be fully supported in your apprenticeship and we will help you develop a wide range of Countryside skills and knowledge, as well as general work place skills such as teamworking and customer service. There will also be opportunities to gain power tool certification. You will be able to demonstrate a desire for working outdoors (in all weathers) in a physical role and be keen to develop your nature conservation knowledge and skills. You will be a self-starter and keen to learn. You will be working as part of a team and therefore you must have very good communication skills and a positive and flexible attitude towards work. You may come into contact with members of the public whilst you are working therefore customer care must be very important to you.

About the employer

You will be based at Itchen Valley Country Park in West End but will be required to work across the borough. A full, clean driving licence would be an advantage but not essential for the apprenticeship role.

Employer

Eastleigh Borough Council

Address

Eastleigh House

Upper Market Street

Eastleigh

SO50 9YN

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Training

Training provider

SPARSHOLT COLLEGE

Contact

Laura Benson

laura.benson@sparsholtcollegegroup.ac.uk

Apprenticeship standard

Countryside worker

Level 2 (GCSE)


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