We are currently seeking a new assiant ranger.
About the role:
The Trustees of Sudbury Common Lands Charity (SCLC) have managed the Common Lands in accordance with the Charity’s scheme since its formation in 1897. They employ a Ranger and an Assistant Rangerto carry this out. The Common Lands comprise 69 ha. ofsummer-grazed grasslands in the flood plain of the River Stour around the market town of Sudbury, Suffolk, and have been grazed with livestock every summer since the 12th century.
They are of considerable conservation value, having been awarded County Wildlife Site status, as well as being a much-loved recreational space for the people of Sudbury who enjoy pedestrian access to the lands.
The Charity manages Charity-owned land as well as land on behalf of others. Currently this includes Friars Meadow and Kone Vale amenity areas, the 3 km long Valley Trail, nearby Cornard Country Park and Shawlands LNR. This amounts to approximately 50 ha. and includes grassland, trees, infrastructure, a designated Local Nature Reserve, County Wildlife Site, Open Access Land, and Public Rights of Way.
The role of the Assistant Ranger is practical and physical, undertaking a range of conservation work in all weathers and in the public eye. The Assistant Ranger works to support the Ranger who is responsible for planning the sympathetic management of these historic common lands and will report to the Trustees. Together they work with our volunteers; the grazier/stockman; neighbouring land owners; local councils; the Environment Agency; the general public and other relevant parties.
The Ranger also has an educational role with local schools and the public at large, and also deals with day to day enquiries, supported by the Assistant Ranger.