I have been working within the Landscape Team at Nene Park Trust since January 2013. Park Rangers are responsible for a wide range of jobs within the Park, including site safety checks and site security, customer liaison, as well as actively managing the landscape of the Park.
Although my previous working background has been in a different work sector, I returned to study in 2008 - 2011 undertaking an FdSC in Conservation and Wildlife Management, alongside of which I developed a portfolio of volunteering within the landscape sector.
The position of Trainee Ranger will allow me the opportunity to continue to develop and expand my practical landscape management skills and knowledge, working with new machinery and tools, applying them to different habitats and landscape features. The Park Ranger role will give me a practical understanding of working within a busy and vibrant Country Park.
To date, I have been assisting with a variety of practical landscape tasks including: hedgerow maintenance, horse route widening, paths maintenance and general grounds maintenance. I have also been shadowing the Rangers on their duty ranger shifts, in preparation for my own duty shifts, and have undertaken First Aid at Work and Play Area Routine Level inspections training.
I am thoroughly enjoying my placement, and looking forward to the continued learning and new challenges that this year will bring.