Work experience placements at Moors Valley are available with the Rangers from East Dorset Countryside Management Service.
The East Dorset Countryside Management Service is comprised of a team of Rangers employed by East Dorset District Council. They are responsible for the management of Moors Valley Country Park as well as 23 other countryside sites in East Dorset and are involved in a diverse and challenging variety of work.
On work experience you will be working alongside the Rangers; ideally, you will be able to get involved in all aspects of the work that we do, but please be aware that the work is very seasonal. From Easter to September the focus of the work will be on education and visitor services, so you will be involved with schools groups, events and day to day maintenance work. For most of this work you will be based at Moors Valley. From October to March the emphasis changes to managing the sites, so there would be lots of practical work such as clearing trees and building fences and much of the work will be on other sites in the East Dorset area.
Students will be allocated a mentor who you will be able speak to about any concerns you might have whilst on placement. Parents or teachers may also contact this person if they have any questions or concerns.
Days and hours
You will usually be asked to work Monday to Friday but you will be given the option to work a weekend day instead. Your usual day will be 8.00am to 4.30pm but the Rangers work shifts covering the time from 7.30am to 8pm, so there may be days when we ask if you can work a different shift. There is some flexibility on the hours worked to fit in with transport arrangements. It is the parent / carer’s responsibility to get the student safely to and from the Visitor Centre each day.
What to wear / bring
If you are doing your placement in the winter you will need to wear a pair of steel toe capped boots, have a waterproof jacket and trousers and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or possibly damaged. Over the summer months light weight walking boots are ideal along with a long-sleeved top and trousers that are suitable for the outdoors.
You’ll need to bring along a packed lunch and drinks, though if based at Moors Valley for the day you will be able to make a hot drink and buy refreshments from the restaurant. Please also bring along sun cream and a rucksack to carry all your gear in.
Is work experience for you?
The Rangers only take about 4 students each year on work placement; so unfortunately we cannot accommodate all the requests for placements that we receive. As the number of placements is limited we like to ensure they are for students who are interested in a career in the areas of; countryside, environment, outdoor recreation, tourism, event management, education or similar.
What to do next
Have a good think about the information above and decide if it is something you would like to do; you won’t enjoy the placement if it’s not something you are really interested in!
Send your CV and a covering letter or e-mail to the Rangers. You’ll be invited to Moors Valley for an interview, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the Rangers, ask questions about the placement and we can decide if it is suitable for you. If you would like to have a chat or ask any questions prior to sending your CV, please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.