Standards checklist

The following checklists are intended to help assess your ranger service against the Ranger Standards:

In adopting a professional learning and self development approach Rangers shall:

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Seek to improve Ranger skills by attending relevant work based or off site courses; if such courses are not available, pursue other sources, such as online training or reading technical publications

 

Keep up to date with advances in policy or research through training, technical web sites, reports and publications and specialist groups within professional bodies

 

Attain appropriate qualifications

 

Actively participate in specialist bodies such as SCRA. CMA, IEEM, SCAN, IPROW

 

Commit to a continuing professional development (CPD) programme and seek further contemporary education and training on Ranger matters

 

 

In adhering to legislation and regulations Rangers shall:

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Pursue the national outcomes relevant to the organisation's purpose

 

Use standards in an intelligent and effective manner to help achieve outcomes; encouraging new standards, where appropriate standards do not exist

 

Keep up to date with new standards and promote their adoption by the organisation. Keep up to date with internal and external regulations and if of benefit, promote their adoption by the organisation or to sustain the public good

 

Ensure they are up to date with the substance and content of legal and regulatory frameworks (especially health and safety, child protection, discrimination and data protection) applying to their work; act at all times in ways which comply with obligations under such legal and regulatory frameworks and encourage their colleagues to do likewise

 

Seek professional advice at an early stage if they have any doubts about the appropriate application of the law or regulations

 

Concern themselves with the needs of ‘hard to reach’ people and groups with, for example, physical or mental disabilities; and comply with the 2004 Disability Discrimination Act

 

In all aspects of their work comply with non-discriminatory legislation in the areas of race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or age

 

 

In acting professionally Rangers shall:

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Maintain and enhance their knowledge by, for example, reading relevant literature, attending conferences and seminars, meeting and maintaining contact with other leading practitioners and through taking an active part in appropriate learned, professional and trade bodies

 

Evaluate new activities, assess their potential benefit and recommend their use where appropriate

 

If associated with any Ranger specialism, keep in close touch with and contribute to current developments, particularly within the organisation and the wider Ranger profession

 

When competent, offer expert advice, both reactively and pro-actively, to those engaged in activities where the Ranger specialism is applicable

 

Understand the boundaries of specialist knowledge and know when to seek advice from colleagues with the necessary expertise

 

Exercise a sense of social responsibility in their work

 

Help keep colleagues informed of new thinking, policies and advice

 

Be aware that most people do not share their expertise and knowledge of technical jargon and communication should be in terms that can be commonly understood.

 

 

In using appropriate Methods and Tools Rangers shall:

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Keep up to date with new methods and the tools to support these methods

 

Promote the effective use of methods and tools within the

organisation

 

Recommend the adoption of new methods when they have been demonstrated to be effective for the organisation and are supported by suitable tools

 

Explain to other staff the purpose of any methods that have impact on their duties, so that they can understand the outputs and appreciate the benefits

 

Recognise the breadth and applicability of methods and resist any pressure to use inappropriate methods

 

 
 

In ensuring efficient workload management Rangers shall:

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Not undertake, or commit to, more work than they can reasonably expect to meet in a given time

 

Request the necessary resources to complete work plans within agreed time scales.

 

 

In respecting stakeholder interests Rangers shall:

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Utilise professional judgment and act with professional objectivity to be an ‘honest’ broker at all times.

 

 

In participating responsibly Rangers shall:

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Provide constructive criticism aiming to improve work quality

 

Accept constructive criticism of their work, appreciating that others may have valid view points and better solutions

 

Maintain good working relationships with colleagues, customers and users, even though they may disagree with them

 

In planning Ranger work, ensure that the views of all participants are listened to and fairly represented

 

Consult sources of relevant advice as an aid to professional judgment, seeking specialist advice where appropriate.

 

 

In promoting good practices within the organisation Rangers shall:

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Identify opportunities for increasing the awareness of Rangers throughout the organisation

 

Be aware of the interaction of their work with that of others involved in complementary activities like access, planning, biodiversity, health, education or outdoor pursuits

 

Seek to identify potential hazards, failures and risks associated with their work or work place, and seek to ensure that they are appropriately addressed

 

Ensure that the well being of those working (or volunteering) under their supervision or direction is appropriately considered

 

Help to promote a culture within the organisation which strives for continuous improvement; seek involvement and participation in best practices at all levels

 

When problems arise, take responsible corrective actions, even when such actions are beyond their responsibility

 

Take every opportunity to make a positive contribution to formal quality management systems and fully understand quality and commercial practices within the organisation.

 

 

In representing the profession to the public Rangers shall:

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Contribute to public education on the Ranger role whenever they have the opportunity, so that the public can be aware of and form an objective and informed view on Ranger Services

 

Ensure that all complaints from members of the public are dealt with properly through to resolution.

 

Use the national Ranger logo on clothing and vehicles and use the job title ‘Ranger’