Perth & Kinross council is to recruit a team of 7 Visitor Rangers to support responsible tourism across the region’s rural beauty spots such as Loch Clunie and Loch Tummel over the summer period.
Following last year’s lockdown and stay local guidelines, the Perthshire Highland area saw an influx of visitors, the vast majority of whom behaved responsibly and took care to protect the landscape.
However a minority of these visitors to the area, engaged in dirty camping, littering and other anti-social behaviour, which not only upsets the landscape but the residents who live there.
Perth & Kinross Council Depute Director of Communities Clare Mailer said, “We know people will be desperate to head to the great outdoors this year as lockdown restrictions ease” and that “these Rangers will provide advice, guidance and support to visitors and communities over the summer months to ensure Perth and Kinross can be enjoyed by everyone who lives, works and plays here.”
The appointments will be temporary fixed term contracts through to the end of October 2021 and will work as part of the multi-agency Perth & Kinross Visitor Management operation to Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce, in rural areas, to promote a safe, enjoyable and responsible visit to the area.
The Rangers will be responsible for reminding visitors to the area of their responsibility, while also acting as a point of contact for local residents who wish to raise any issues or concerns. Local residents can also contact Perth & Kinross Council at email@example.com.
The members of the council have been pleased with how quickly the applications for the postings have been advertised with Leader of the Council Murray Lyle saying, “I am delighted that we have been able to move swiftly towards recruitment of these Ranger Service posts which I am sure will attract a high number of applications.”
While Conservative Councillor for the Highland Ward John Duff commented that, “It is great to see these new posts advertised so quickly after their approval. They will be an invaluable addition to the resources in Highland Perthshire and elsewhere as we seek to address the unacceptable practices we have seen from some visitors in the past.”
For those interested they can find more information about the role on Visitor Rangers – | Perth and Kinross Council | myjobscotland. With all successful applicants being given training, a uniform and vehicle.
Councillor Lyle further stated that “We look forward to welcoming a great many visitors to Perth and Kinross again this year and hope that they will enjoy their time with us. However, I cannot stress enough that people need to understand their responsibilities and behave accordingly.”
It is hoped that these new Rangers will keep our rural beauty spots clean and tidy while ensuring that all visitors to the area enjoy and respect the area.
Details on the applications can be found on: https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/perth-and-kinross-council/jobs/visitor-rangers-214046