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Conservation Rangers

Conservation Rangers needed to Connect People to Woodnook Vale and Peel Park/The Coppice

The PROSPECTS Foundation is now seeking local people to become Conservation Rangers.

The Conservation Rangers will operate in The Coppice/Peel Park area or at Woodnook Vale.  They will work alongside PROSPECTS Foundation staff, partner organisations and local volunteers in small teams and will undertake conservation and woodland management tasks supported by Roger Plum at PROSPECTS or by partner organisations such as the Ribble Rivers Trust, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Hyndburn Borough Council and Lancashire County Council.

Roger Plum, Connecting People to Hyndburn’s Natural Heritage Project Officer said, “We are looking for people who enjoy working outdoors and have some team working skills, good communication skills and practical skills.  They will need to be observant and be good time keepers and may already have specialist skills that they can use as a Conservation Ranger.

“We are building up a team of volunteer Conservation Rangers to look after the proposed local nature reserve areas so it may help if they live locally.  They will get a lot of experience and develop skills to look after their local area; report problems so they can be fixed; run activities and lead local walks; undertake team building exercises; develop their leadership and communication skills; work with several organisations including PROSPECTS; engage and support local people; help expand the work of PROSPECTS so we reach more people; learn conservation techniques; undertake ID surveys and monitor wildlife; work outdoors in a healthy environment; meet new people and help to educate other people.”

People interested in becoming Conservation volunteers must be able to commit a few hours per month and be willing to take part in occasional events and workshops.  There is something for everyone. 

Activities will be suitable for all abilities and ages and Conservation Rangers could be retired, employed, unemployed or on a college course.  Volunteers will monitor the condition of the sites and present information to the public about the sites. The purpose of establishing a Volunteer Ranger Team is to help ensure that the sites are looked after in the long-term, for example by reporting instances of anti-social behaviour or fly-tipping, which happen quite frequently at present. The Rangers will also be trained to talk to visitors about the sites, for example about what kind of wildlife visits the site at different times of year.

Roger added, “Training is a big part of the project and the Conservation Rangers will get free training in the basics of being a volunteer ranger, walk leading and woodland management.  People on college courses will be able to practice and develop new skills in conjunction with a course or qualification, such as an HND or NVQ. They will be able to develop their practical skills to complement the theory, and gain valuable work experience to help their future employment in the process.

“There will be specialised training so that the Rangers can conduct surveys on seasonal walks such as tree, wildlife and woodland flora identification. In addition we will offer certificated training in First Aid, Health & Safety, Risk Assessment; Manual Handling, Tool Handling and Task Techniques alongside AQA Unit Award Certificates in a range of topics.  Lancashire County Council will be providing some of the training similar to that offered to their countryside volunteers.”  

If you would like to know more about the project and becoming a Conservation Ranger please contact Roger Plum at The PROSPECTS Foundation on 01254 230348 or email roger.plum@prospectsfoundation.org.uk

Volunteer Form HERE