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Countryside Grazing Ranger, BCP Council

Employer
BCP Council
Location
BH9 3NZ, Bournemouth
Salary
£26,421 - £28,770
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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BCP Council has an incredible range of countryside sites managed for nature. From harbours and seafront cliffs, to urban heathlands, woodlands, saltmarsh and meadows. With 13 SSSI's, SPAs, RAMSAR sites and Local Nature Reserves, our sites have extensive areas under agri-environmental schemes using cattle, ponies, sheep and goats for conservation grazing. Supported by a fantastic army of volunteers and with several visitor centres.

The Grazing Ranger helps to deliver the conservation grazing management on our Countryside sites. Working as part of a 33-strong Countryside team for the Local Authority, making a difference for the livestock we manage, but also the wildlife on our nature reserves and the local communities who depend on them. 

This includes engaging with stakeholders about sustainable habitat management through grazing livestock and improving the biodiversity of our Countryside sites. 

Our extensive livestock across many urban nature reserves require daily checking, observation and practical management. Ensuring they are healthy, safe and supporting our conservation management objectives. 

Carry out the practical delivery of all grazing operations necessary within the Countryside Team to meet the conservation management objectives 

Assist the Lead Grazing Ranger in the development and delivery of effective and sustainable conservation grazing.

Ensure best practice, relevant standards and regulations are adhered to including health and safety, cross compliance and ensuring the highest levels of animal welfare are delivered. Work closely with the Countryside team and partners, seek advice from vets as required, administer basic veterinary medications and treatments.

Communicate clearly and effectively to ensure treatment, movement of livestock and daily checks are well managed. 

Engage with stakeholders about sustainable habitat management through grazing livestock and improving the biodiversity of our Countryside sites. Educate visitors to our sites, work with volunteers and promote an increase in species diversity to combat the ecological emergency.

The Ideal Candidate: 
Work with the Lead Grazing Ranger and in the wider Countryside team, supporting all aspects of conservation management. You will be able to work effectively both alone and as part of a team effort to ensure our livestock are safe and healthy. You should have a passion for land management and for animal husbandry, with relevant practical skills and experience to effectively play a key role in the team.

This role works across all of BCP, with a starting base at Kingfisher Barn, Muscliffe, Bournemouth most days. You will need a strong background in livestock management, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team, engage with stakeholders and the public and have a role in education to support our site management. 

From Job Description:
This job improves the quality of life for the people of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole by assisting in the coordination of the conservation grazing management on our Countryside sites.  This includes engaging with stakeholders about sustainable habitat management through grazing livestock and improving the biodiversity of our Countryside sites. This role will also work to educate visitors to our sites, work with volunteers and promote an increase in species diversity to combat the ecological emergency.
Job Overview
This job involves assisting in the coordination and delivery of all aspects of the Conservation grazing programme across the BCP Council area. The postholder will assist in overseeing the practical management of our livestock, the upkeep of the associated paperwork and delivery of veterinary medicine when required.  The role will include promoting and coordinating volunteers to assist with livestock checks across a range of sites and organise regular meetings with site managers and countryside staff. 

The postholder will assist with monitoring habitat conditions and grazing needs going forward by working closely with site managers and other Countryside staff. 

Key Responsibilities
•Carry out the practical delivery of all grazing operations necessary within the Countryside Team to meet the conservation management objectives
•Assist the Grazing Ranger in the development and delivery of effective and sustainable conservation grazing.
•Carry out the procurement of goods and services related to grazing livestock ensuring value for money and optimal income generation (eg, grant funding and animal sales). 
•Ensure best practice, relevant standards and regulations are adhered to including health and safety, cross compliance and ensuring the highest levels of animal welfare are delivered. 
•Work with Countryside Team managers to ensure a cohesive and holistic approach to grazing across BCP Countryside sites
•Ensure positive working relationships are maintained with site managers, statutory bodies, vets, local communities, graziers and user groups. 

Specific Qualifications and Experience
•Qualification in countryside, agriculture, livestock management or animal husbandry. NVQ level 3 or equivalent, or equivalent experience. 
•High level of agricultural and conservation land management knowledge. 
•High level of knowledge of environmental and cross compliance regulations. 
•Confident in handling, transporting, medicating, and marketing livestock. 
•Proven ability to maintain the highest standards of animal welfare and livestock husbandry.
•Proven capability to assist with keeping accurate and compliant livestock records and accounts.
•This role will involve the requirement to travel on a regular basis including towing of trailers, a full driving licence will be required including trailer towing category or willingness to undertake appropriate training.

Personal Qualities & Attributes
•Interpersonal skills to be able to deal effectively with members of the public and groups
•Well organised with good attention to detail
•Outgoing and self-motivated
•Demonstrable enthusiasm for conservation grazing

Job Requirements
•Able to work flexible hours including 24/7 callout cover and weekends
•Able to carry out outdoor lone working in all weather conditions
•Able to carry out physically demanding work
•Able to supervise and arrange training for grazing assistant, volunteers and casual staff
•Knowledge and experience of handling and moving livestock
•Able to carry out task of a similar level of responsibility. 

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