An exciting opportunity to help protect the wild and fragile Cairngorm Plateau, including Ben Macdui the UK’s second highest peak. This wild, arctic landscape is home to sensitive species such as dotterel and snow bunting and is under increasing pressure from the impacts of increasing numbers.

Mountain Rangers
Reference: APR20229168
Location: Abernethy
Salary: £21,622.00 – £23,987.00 Per Annum
Duration: Until end of September 2022, Full Time 37.5 hours per week.

We are looking for 2 reliable, responsible Rangers with proven mountain experience and excellent people skills to patrol the plateau over the summer season. Working in all weathers, the main part of your role will be patrolling key footpaths, chatting to people and ensuring they are accessing and enjoying the nature reserve responsibly.

This role involves being a friendly face, the eyes and ears on the ground, chatting to visitors and patrolling to ensure visitors are behaving responsibly within the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) and caring for the beautiful area they are visiting.

Access to nature and wild places is vitally important for mental and physical wellbeing, but the challenge of looking after those places is increasing. Using strong communication skills, you will strive to ensure every visitor you meet feels welcome and understands what responsible access is and why it is so important. There will be a focus on preventing disturbance to vulnerable breeding birds.

Key work areas:

  • Regularly patrol the Cairngorm Plateau around the tops of Cairn Gorm, Ben Macdui and Bynack More as well as Loch A’an. When weather prevents access to the mountains, to patrol the wider reserve including areas like Ryvoan.
  • To engage with visitors about responsible access and SOAC to encourage everyone to enjoy the reserve responsibly and sustainably.
  • To monitor and record visitor behaviour and SOAC infringements to allow us to have a good picture of access issues in the mountains and feed into wider data within the Cairngorms National Park.
  • You will be working other teams to ensure a comprehensive Ranger presence in the mountains and in the wider reserve at times of high fire risk. This role will involve regular weekend and evening working.

The ideal candidates will be familiar with the mountain environment, have strong communication skills, be able to work independently and use their initiative – if that’s you we’d love to hear from you!

Closing: Friday 20th May 2022

Application process:

If you would like to find out more, please click the Apply button to be directed to our website where you can complete your application for this position.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.