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Warwickshire County Council is recruiting with Leisure Opportunities
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£27,668 - £30,153 pa
Job sector: attractions
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About Us
The Country Parks Service operates a portfolio of 5 Country Parks and 3 Greenways across Warwickshire serving in excess of 900,000 visitors a year.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and commercially aware individual to join our team, and lead the Ranger Service in the north.

As a member of the Country Parks management team, the Senior Ranger will support the development and delivery of the Country Parks business & management plans and the Council’s vision, values and strategic objectives.

You will be directly responsible for the Ranger Service and the day to day operational management and development of the parks in the north of the county to ensure the sites are high-quality destinations. The north Ranger team comprises 5 full time and 2 part time rangers plus seasonal staff, volunteers and contractors.

The north Parks comprise;
Kingsbury Water Park is the service hub for Warwickshire’s Country Parks and is one of the top visitor attractions in the West Midlands with a wide range of visitor activities, a diverse Fishery and is renowned for its birdlife. The Park lies on the River Tame and is bordered on the western edge by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. The Park comprises 620 acres including meadow, woodland and lakes attracting over 350,00 visitors each year.

Hartshill Hayes Country Park, covering 137 acres of ancient woodland and open hilltop has magnificent views across the Anker Valley. It’s a steep hilly woodland Park and is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

Pooley Country Park is 154 acres, one-third of which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, contains several pools caused by mining subsidence and has woodland habitats. Situated on the Coventry canal, the Park and is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

The Role
- Ensure the Parks are maintained to a high standard to meet customer expectations, generating repeat visits. You will be expected to develop and maintain positive relations with all partners, and neighbours associated with the sites including business concessions, community enterprises, Friends Groups, and parish councils.
- Working within a team, and in all-weathers, you’ll be promoting and assisting visitors’ enjoyment of the countryside.
- To devise and deliver work programmes through the ranger team, volunteers and partners. Travelling around the Parks, and the county as required, you’ll take the lead in supervising & developing the team of rangers ensuring service objectives and individual appraisal targets are met.
- Responsible for ensuring health and safety of the public, staff, volunteers and contractors across the north sites.
- To contribute ideas towards events; deliver and provide information on activities.
- Oversee the review and implementation of management plans for the northern sites.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience
You will be qualified to degree level in countryside or recreation management; possess an applied knowledge of conservation, recreation and countryside issues and have well developed practical countryside skills. As you’ll be managing a variety of relationships it’s important you have strong communication skills.

To be able to demonstrate significant experience of managing staff, volunteers and contractors in a countryside or outdoor leisure environment.

To have a sound understanding of current health & safety legislation and implementing and writing risk assessments.

Understanding and knowledge of local government priorities and practices.

Ability to develop and monitor multifaceted management plans.

To communicate effectively across all levels and to be diplomatic, politically and commercially aware, but also results driven.

Competent with IT systems including Microsoft office including email, excel and word and social media.

It’s essential that you are willing and able to work occasional week-ends and Bank Holidays. You will have good leadership skills and the ability to build consensus and work collaboratively. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure are also required.

Additional Information
You will be based at Kingsbury Water Park, Sutton Coldfield.
There is a requirement to be on-call for alarms and out of hours incidents for which a call out fee is paid.
A relocation package is offered.
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