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A short break at Center Parcs allows families to create their own experience, where they are free to do as much or as little as they like. In 2019, we’re bringing our unique and unrivalled family short breaks to Longford Forest in The Midlands region of Ireland.

Set in hundreds of acres of beautiful forest, our new Center Parcs resort – Longford Forest – will welcome 250,000 guests each year, providing the very best facilities and activities. To transform our vision into a reality, we’re looking for an incredible and unstoppable team of around 1,000 employees – and this is a unique opportunity to be involved from the start.


Imagine stepping away from the desk and having 400 acres of beautiful forest as your office? The Grounds Services Team is responsible for managing and maintaining the forest landscape, including wildlife and biodiversity surveys. Our expert teams are extremely passionate about the natural environment at Center Parcs, which our guests love to see.

We are now looking to recruit a Senior Conservation Ranger to join the Ground Services team at Longford Forest.


  • You will be responsible for supporting the Ground Services Manager in the effective management and supervision of the department in accordance with the Company and Legislative requirements, ensuring efficient and disciplined working practices, and the highest level of guest care is provided at all times.
  • You will also carry out and manage your own key task areas under the guidance of the Ground Services Manager.
  • Leading the rangers in accordance with the forestry works plan with a key outlook on conservation
  • Ensuring all works are carried out in a timely, safe and enthusiastic manner, ensuring good interaction with guests
  • Working with and building relationships with key stakeholders, through the implementation of our Forest Management Plan
  • Management and development of village habitats, ensuring compliance in protectionof habitats and species
  • Carrying out wildlife surveys, and working alongside external ecologists on village projects

The role may differ initially to when the resort is open and fully operational so flexibility, adaptability and a willingness to help out as required are key requirements.


The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, with the ability to work alone and as part of a team. You should be naturally cheerful and have the ability to communicate with people.

Essential requirements:

  • FETAC level 2/3 in Conservation, Ecology, Countryside management or a similar field
  • A wide knowledge of wildlife, ideally with a specific personal interest in one study group
  • Full driving license

Desirable requirements:

  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Experience of nature interpretation

Hours of work:

  • You will be contracted to work 150 hours per 4 week period on a flexible basis, this means that your hours of work could vary each week but you will always receive your contracted hours each period.
  • Initially, your hours of work will generally be office hours Monday to Friday with the flexibility required around business needs.
  • After opening you will also be required to work weekends and public/bank holidays on a rota basis with a premium rate of pay for hours worked on a Sunday.

Job Benefits


Center Parcs is a fantastic place to work and the benefits are as impressive as they are unique. Here are just a few:

  • Staff bonus scheme
  • Contributed pension scheme
  • Free use of leisure facilities
  • Discounted Center Parcs breaks
  • 20% discount in restaurant and retail outlets

If this sounds like your ideal job, and you’d like to be in at the start of something great, then we’d love to see your application.

Go to HorticultureJobs to apply to this job.

Closing date:  

1 January 2019 at 12 Noon

Interviews to be held:  

Week commencing 28 January 2019

Please note this vacancy may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. 
Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.