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Vogrie Country Park, EH23 4NU
£24,983 - £26,920 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Vacancy


The key role of the post is to assist with the visitor management at Gladhouse Reservoir. The post-holder will be working within a partnership between Scottish Water and Midlothian Council.

The job will suit those who like to work outdoors in a recreation and conservation setting and will involve driving to site daily and spending the majority of the day on site. The post-holder must be comfortable lone working for considerable periods each day while interacting with site users and others and carrying out minor repairs.

Based at Vogrie House, Vogrie Country Park, Nr Gorebridge you will be employed by the Midlothian Council  and be part of its Ranger Service.  Formal reporting to Scottish Water is required twice each month to report on progress and issues that arise.

The key aims of the post are to:

  • Proactively engage with visitors on responsible access, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, water safety
  • Feed back into to Midlothian and Scottish Water Monitoring and escalating where necessary
  • of anti-social behaviour
  • Support events at site (e.g. public engagement style events), patrols, litter picking, putting up and taking down signs.
  • Deliver positive wildlife and conservation media engagement message
  • Support with the development of a Management Plan for the reservoir.

The key job activities are to:

  • Undertake site patrols and carry out repairs and/or report matters to Scottish Water
  • Identify and report public access related safety and security concerns for Gladhouse Reservoir completing smaller or emergency repairs as necessary.
  • Carry out recreational and conservation surveys
  • Provide advice to the public; prepare and deliver presentations/public information on Scottish Water owned land
  • Provide information to support signage, interpretation and promotions, including the preparation of leaflets and displays.
  • Work with voluntary groups on site based activities
  • Maintain an awareness of health and safety at work legislation as it affects the countryside and its users.
  • Litter picking and general site maintenance

Purpose of Job

Implement key elements of the Scottish Water Gladhouse Management Plan, the post will be based within Midlothian Council’s Ranger Service as one of a team of four and will provide an effective and efficient service for Scottish Water.


A background in natural history or ecology/biology with a minimum HNC in countryside management or related discipline and experience with land management, presentations, organising events, public access.

CLOSING DATE - Wednesday 5 October 2022

INTERVIEW DATE - Thursday 20 October 2022 



Job Advert

Position Title: Seasonal Countryside Ranger                

Position Number: RDA02  

Directorate: Place                           

Location: Ranger Service                                      

Contract Status: Fixed Term 6 months from start date

Hours of Work: 36   

Working Pattern: 9.00-5.00 Thu-Mon             

Weeks per year: 52

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £24,983.78 per annum.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children and adults.
Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children and  Adults, You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

Additional Information

If you have difficulty applying for this post or accessing attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.