Bird Wise Ranger

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 3 - £20,855 - £26,874 per annum
Location: Gun Wharf, daily travel between Gravesend and Whitstable
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Part Time/Weekends
Hours: 22.2 hours per week. Occasional weekends on a rota basis.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 16/08/2022 at 23:55
Reference: REC2009VR

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Bird Wise Ranger to join our Greenspace Development team.

In order to succeed you will need to be an excellent communicator and highly motivated individual. Bird Wise is an exciting project working to protect the North Kent coast’s bird life.

Working across the North Kent coastline you will provide an on-the-ground ranger service in the three Special Protection Areas (SPAs) of the Thames, Medway and Swale estuaries. You will be engaging directly with the public to raise awareness amongst visitors of the sensitivity of this internationally important site for migratory birds. You will work closely with landowners, managers and other key partners (including local authorities, Kent Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and Natural England).


Our Organisation-

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

Essential qualifications/experience-

A strong team player who is able to work on their own is sought. The successful candidate will be used to working in a physically active environment, will have experience of education or public engagement and have knowledge of ecological principles and relevant protected species.

You will be working in challenging conditions through the all weathers so a passion for the great outdoors and wildlife is essential.

A full clean driving licence and access to own transport is essential as the role will involve regular travel to sites along the North Kent coast between Gravesend and Whitstable.

Desirable qualifications/experience-

To either hold or be working towards a qualification in a relevant environmental subject.

Experience of accurately recording field data and uploading onto social media such as Facebook and Twitter is desirable.  Experience of using Microsoft Office programmes to analyse and publish data is also desirable.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, call Hayley Taylor, SAMMS Manager on 01634 331153.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile


Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

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We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS


If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.


All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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