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Countryside Worker and Countryside Ranger Apprenticeship

If you fancy a job outdoors, gaining 18 or 26 months paid experience, whilst achieving the new Level 2 or Level 4 Apprentice qualification and including a host of other vocational qualifications, then this apprenticeship is for you.

The new ‘Countryside Worker and Ranger Standard’ qualifications align with the previous levels of the work based diplomas in Environmental Conservation. The Level 4 standard is yet to be fully approved for delivery, but it is anticipated it will be by mid-Summer 2020. The new method for assessing each apprentice is to produce a portfolio of work throughout the first 12 months whilst working with the ranger team and attending college where you will learn the various knowledge, skills and behaviours required (listed separately). You will then have an End Point Assessment which involves an online test of multiple choice questions relating to countryside management, practical skills tests and a professional discussion looking through your portfolio with the End Point Assessor.

The Apprentice Ranger Scheme offers the chance to gain valuable experience and qualifications to help you take that first step into a career in countryside management.

Typical job titles of roles that successful countryside worker apprentices undertake include:

  • estate worker
  • access ranger
  • maintenance ranger
  • site warden
  • assistant ranger
  • field operative
  • volunteer leader

We manage the scheme in partnership with Kingston Maurward College and you will also be enrolled at the college. 

Apprentice Rangers receive formal training in the use of brush cutters and first aid. Training will be given on various topics including rights of way law, interpretation and wildlife identification.

As an Apprentice Ranger you will:

  • work 37 hours per week, generally 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday - this will be flexible on occasions if you have a position on one of the country parks (no extra pay for weekend or evening working),

  • be paid monthly in accordance with the Apprentice National Minimum Wage and age related National Minimum wage structure. (see below)
  • be entitled to 25 days annual leave (with agreement of line manager) and all bank holidays (pro rata depending on start date and end on DC leave year)
  • be able to earn leave through our time off in lieu (TOIL) system
  • receive a uniform (fleece, t-shirts and jumpers), a set of waterproofs, PPE and safety boots
  • keep a time and leave record of your hours worked
  • have formal appraisals carried out by the Ranger Service and Kingston Maurward throughout the year
  • have a 6-month probationary period
  • be required to travel to your place of work and training courses. You must cover the cost of your travel to and from work and college
  • complete 20% of your time on off-job-training as part of your apprenticeship (this is a mandatory requirement of an apprenticeship)
  • be required to do some of your qualifications work at home.

Should there be any problems during the placement where disciplinary action needs to take place, this will be carried out using both Dorset Council and Kingston Maurward College agreed policy and procedures.

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