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Biodiversity Engagement Ranger – Woodlands

Biodiversity Engagement Ranger – Woodlands

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CAT is seeking a Biodiversity Engagement Ranger to join our Engagement Team for delivery of biodiversity themed visitor engagement activities and assisting the Woodland and Water resources team with the site’s woodland maintenance program

About CAT

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an internationally renowned environmental charity, a world-leading eco centre, and one of the foremost providers of postgraduate environmental education in the UK, based near Machynlleth in Mid Wales.

CAT provides inspiration, education and training in solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency.

Key activities include a visitor centre where people can see solutions in action, residential, in-person and online short courses and events, vocational training, and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of sustainability-related topics.

Our free Information Service provides advice for individuals and our Zero Carbon Britain team publishes research and works directly with councils, communities and other organisations to help transform complex economic, social and political systems.

Job Details

  • Ref: BERW220718
  • Salary: £20, 727.57 per annum
  • Hours: 37.5 hrs per week
  • Responsible to: Engagement Officer
  • Location: CAT site near Machynlleth, Mid Wales
  • Working Days: 5 days over 7
  • Closing date for applications: 9am 16 August 2022
  • Interview to be held: 23/24 August 2022
  • Expected start date: As soon as possible

COVID-19 Considerations:

Working arrangements for staff comply with all current applicable COVID-19 guidance and are updated as and when the guidance changes.

Overview of the role

This post is based within the CAT Engagement Department which delivers a wide range of activities using the CAT site. The post holder will be responsible for engaging audiences with CAT’s woodlands, habitats and rich biodiversity, with the goal of inspiring them to engage with, and take action in response to the biodiversity emergency. The audiences include visitors to site, educational groups and other learners. Activities will include delivering site tours, educational activities and short courses making the most of the varied ecosystems on the CAT site.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys sharing their passion and knowledge for wildlife and ecology. Ideally the post holder will have practical woodland management skills.

When not delivering these activities the post holder will work as a member of the Woodland  & Water Resources team within CAT’s Estates Department, helping to deliver the sites woodland maintenance program and maintaining the sites private water supply and sewage systems.

Main Responsibilities

Public Engagement:

  • Working within the CAT Engagement Team the post holder will assist in the development of biodiversity themed tours and activities for visitors to the CAT site.
  • Working within a 7-day operational rota, deliver daily site tours and activities for visitors and groups.
  • Deliver themed short courses for booked groups such as moth nights and family ‘Nature Detective’ days.
  • Deliver and assist with woodland training and activities onsite and online, including as part of accredited training e.g. OCN Sustainable Woodland Management
  • Act as a point of contact for visitors with the ability to provide directions and share general site and CAT information.
  • Act as a visitor point of contact and coordinate with duty caretaker in the event of first aid and other emergency incidents.
  • Comply with the CAT’s Health & Safety and Safeguarding Policies at all times.
  • Assist in maintaining relevant documentation and service records.
  • When not required for engagement duties, assist in the delivery of the site’s woodland management, water and sanitation management programme.
  • Carry out any other responsibilities as defined by the Engagement Officer.

Applications should be forwarded to by the deadline stating the job title in the Subject line.

Any queries should be addressed to

Applications are required, CVs will not be accepted.

To learn more about the role, download the full job description:

Biodiversity Engagement Ranger - Woodlands

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