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Apprentice Ranger Scheme

Fancy a job outdoors gaining 12 months or even 24 months paid work experience while getting a qualification in environmental conservation?
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.

Dorset County Council manages the scheme in partnership with Kingston Maurward College and each summer we offer positions across Dorset.

As well as gaining a Diploma, you will also work towards an apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation. Apprentice Rangers receive formal training in the use of brush cutters and first aid. In-house training is 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 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; this will be flexible on occasions

  • be paid monthly based on £136.90 a week in accordance with the Apprentice National Minimum Wage (£3.70 per hour) for 37 hours

  • be entitled to 25 days annual leave and bank holidays. If you wish to take the half term off, you will have to ask your line manager's permission first

  • be able to earn leave through our flexi time system

  • receive a uniform (fleece, t-shirts and jumpers), a set of waterproofs and protective clothing

  • keep a time and leave record of your hours worked

  • have a formal appraisal carried out by the Ranger Service twice a year

  • be required to work a six 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

  • required to do some of your diploma work at home. You may have some time during working hours to do your diploma work but additional hours will need to be spent doing coursework in your own time

Should there be any problems during the placement where disciplinary action needs to take place, this will be done by Dorset County Council following the agreed policy and procedures.

For general apprenticeship enquiries please contact us:

Apprentice Ranger Coordinator

Name: Graham Stanley
Email: g.stanley@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01258 456970
Full details for Apprentice Ranger Coordinator

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