What is a volunteer ranger?

They provide voluntary support, of a professional standard, for the work of Dorset Council's Greenspace Service. In return for this help, we will provide you with all the training, information and resources you require to perform this role. You will be part of the team and be able to work with other like-minded people, developing your skills and knowledge while on the job, as well as the opportunity for gaining more formal training and qualifications.  Volunteering is a great way of making new friends, keeping active, helping Dorset as well as building up your CV for a career in Countryside management.  It's up to you how much time you want to offer or what you want to focus on.  The team is always keen to fit in around your requirements where we can.

The work we do

The Greenspace Service manages the rights of way network (mainly footpaths and bridleways), long distance trails e.g. SW Coast Path, country parks, nature reserves, public open space, highway verge and school grounds.  There is therefore a huge variety of work that volunteers can get involved in, and it really is up to you whether you fancy having a go at all of it or want to specialise in a few areas or in one location.  The sort of work volunteers can get involved in includes mending stiles on the rights of way network, cutting back vegetation from paths, felling trees on heathland sites, helping run visitor centres, building wooden bridges, fencing and grass cutting... to name just a few.  The work is diverse and interesting; perfect for anyone with an interest in Countryside management.

Who can volunteer

Anyone over the age of 18 - from a school leaver seeking a first step for a career in countryside management, to a retired person looking for further lifelong learning opportunities. The scope of the service is wide-ranging so, whatever your interests and skills, there should be a role that suits you.

Become a volunteer ranger

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and want to find out more, contact us:

Senior Ranger - North Dorset

Name: Graham Stanley
Email: graham.stanley@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01258 456970
Full contact details

You can come in for a trial day to see if you like it and it suits your objectives. We can than arrange a more regular arrangement where we can provide you with training and support needed to work with the team. This can be followed by further accredited training in more specialised areas, to develop the particular interests and skills of the individual. Uniforms and appropriate equipment and tools will be provided. 

You will need to bring:

  • a packed lunch
  • soft drink
  • work clothes
  • waterproofs