Apprentice Countryside Rangers - Intermediate (Level 2)


Dorset Council

Training Provider:


Weekly wage £153.55
37.0 hours per week 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.
duration: 18 months
start: 7 September 2020
Intermediate (Level 2)
Countryside Worker (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
8 June 2020 (application closing date)
Dorset Council has 10 Apprenticeship Countryside Ranger placements at Level 2 available starting September 2020 at various locations around the County. Working in partnership with Kingston Maurward College, you will work and learn in the beautiful Dorset Countryside gaining qualifications and experience for your future career.


What you will be doing:

  • Day to day maintenance of the country parks, nature reserves, coastal paths and coastal corridor, the Rights of Way Network (Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways) and Highway verges
  • The wardening and promotion of responsible use of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), specifically on Heathland sites
  • Furniture replacement, litter picking, constructing and installing fingerposts and waymarks, gates and stiles, vegetation clearance, path surfacing and repairs and livestock checks
  • Visitor centre work helping with interpretation, guided walks, wildlife monitoring, volunteer days and tasks such as helping supervise Conservation Volunteers, Monument Management Programme, school groups and events with local community groups (this includes work with Dorset Dogs Initiative)
  • The habitats vary between, grassland, wetland, heathland, mixed woodland and scrub and from small picnic sites to National Nature Reserves
  • Conservation work which includes tree and scrub clearance, grass cutting and meadow management, coppicing and dry stone walling

Future Prospects

This is an apprenticeship placement opportunity with a maximum 18 month contract. 

There is no guarantee of a permanent post beyond this but support and guidance will be provided throughout the apprenticeship to identify and ensure a positive end result in terms of employment or further training opportunities.

Reality Check

Requirement for own accommodation and transport to and from work

Any offer of employment from DC is subject to successful application to Kingston Maurward College. You will also need to complete a KMC application form which you will be sent when you are shortlisted for interview

Important - You will need to answer the following 2 questions 

  • After looking at the different locations centres of work (Blandford, Dorchester, Avon Heath Country Park, Durlston Country Park) which would be your first three preferences and why?
  • Becoming an apprentice ranger requires dedication, resourcefulness and a willingness to learn. What skills, qualities and previous experience can you bring to the 18 months you will spend with the Dorset Countryside Rangers? 

Please email your answer to in no less than 200 words and no more than 400.

Skills Required

  • Hands on and practical in nature
  • Able to problem-solve and think on the go
  • Able to articulate and willing to communicate with a range of different people

Qualities Required

Enthusiastic, willing to learn, strong commitment or interest in countryside management, willing to work outdoors in all weather and commit to a 18 month contract and study in your own time. 

Qualifications Required

Be able to complete the maths and English Level 1 Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship with support from the college and Dorset Council

Voluntary experience or attended a countryside management course is desirable but not essential.

Training Provided

  • Candidates work towards a Level 2 Countryside Worker Apprenticeship
  • Further training is completed in Functional Skills, and First Aid
  • Training will be provided in partnership with Kingston Maurward College. You will also receive additional training delivered through Kingston Maurward College, Countryside and Greenspace  Ranger Service
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