Community Ranger/Dog Handler - Harlow Council - Working for Essex
Salary: £26,522 to £27,444 per annum
Closing date: 26 Jun 2024
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17167
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Community Ranger/Dog Handler - Harlow Council

Harlow District Council

Fixed Term (6 months), Full Time

£26,522 to £27,444 per annum

Location: Harlow

Closing Date: 26th June 2024

Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Harlow Council to recruit a Community Ranger/Dog Handler.

The Role

The Community Safety team is looking for a self-motivated team player who would like the opportunity to contribute to Community Safety in Harlow. The post demands an individual who is able to work to a shift pattern and someone who enjoys engaging with the community and working outdoors.

The post holder will have the key responsibility for a number of Council buildings, in addition you will assist in the prevention and enforcement of anti-social behaviour and crimes against the environment, by visibly patrolling Harlow’s open green spaces and estates.

The post holder will be allocated a patrol dog and will be required to carry out dog handling and dog welfare duties. You will also be required to provide backup for Council employees working out of hours and respond to call outs dealing with situations arising from break-ins and acts of anti-social behaviour.


  •  To provide a service that seeks to improve Community Safety.
  • To provide a town wide backup for Council staff working out of normal ‘office’ hours.
  • Respond to Central Control call outs for a range of anti-social behaviour.
  • To undertake regular area patrols to deter a range of anti-social behaviour including vandalism etc.
  • To liaise within reason with Council staff undertaking emergency works out of normal hours.
  • Deter where possible travellers from entering and residing on council land, liaising with both the Police and the Gypsy Warden.
  • To provide a specialist security service to protect specific buildings and highways projects, ensuring all sites are secure at the time of visit.
  • To undertake keyholder duties for a range of Council buildings. Responding to call outs and dealing with situations arising from break-ins.
  • To open and close Council buildings at the appointed times ensuring they are left in a secure position at the end of the letting. Confirm the building has been used for charging purpose.
  • To provide, when required, a cash collection service for the various Community & Leisure facilities.
  • To patrol the pay and display parking system at Harlow Pool enforcing non-payment procedures as required.
  • To enforce local by-laws and Council rules and regulations.
  • To open/close right of way and/or access gates
  • To co-ordinate the maintenance, delivery and collection of equipment available for hire.
  • To maintain a full and detailed inventory of all equipment available or hire.
  • Ensure that all equipment is maintained in full working order advising the Community Safety Team Operations Manager of any defects.
  • In conjunction with the Community Safety Team Operations Manager arrange for disposal of all absolute equipment.
  • In liaison with the Community Safety Team Operations Manager deliver and collect all equipment hired to community groups.
  • Where necessary, or requested, erect/dismantle equipment hired e.g. marquees.
  • To provide a Community Support Service.
  • Respond to public enquiries.
  • Help and advise, where possible, homeless people sleeping rough.
  • To provide a support service to play schemes by moving equipment around sites, servicing fire extinguishers and roller towels, collecting timesheets and delivering payslips.
  • To assist with the operation of the pitch & putt course and bowling green as required.
  • To monitor the public use of the Town Park liaising with hirers to protect the Councils’ interests.
  • To service the paddling pools, as required delivering equipment and chemicals to all sites.
  • To monitor concessionaries in the Town Park and other sites within the town.
  • To maintain high standards of dog welfare.
  • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene in the kennels.
  • Train and maintain personal dog to a competent level for handler protection.
  • Ensure well being of dog e.g. feeding, exercise and grooming.
  • Maintain dog’s health e.g. checking dog for illness and injuries plus annual visits to vets for check ups and vaccinations.
  • Look after the exercise and welfare of the other handlers’ dogs, while they are not on duty and the dogs are in the kennels.
  • Undertake dog handler’s duties when required to cover sickness and absence or to alleviate heavy workload.
  • Other duties appropriate to the role.
  • To undertake other duties commensurate with the grade, skills, knowledge and experience of the post holder.
  • All employees are expected to show a commitment to safeguarding children, young people and adults with care and support needs.
  • All employees are expected to have regard and operate within the Council’s commitment to equality and diversity and customer care.
  • All employees are expected to adhere to requirements of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and The Data Protection Act 2018 and comply with measures to protect the confidentiality of information in accordance with Council policies and procedures.
  • All employees are expected to familiarise themselves with and adhere to all relevant Council Policies and Procedures.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • GCSE English and Maths Grades A – C or minimum Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and working experience of a similar role.
  • Flexible working hours: Evenings/Weekends/Bank Holidays.
  • Able to lift heavy items.
  • Knowledge of local by-laws.
  • Local knowledge of Harlow’s green spaces and estates.
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety.
  • Paddling Pool safety and water checks.
  • Playground equipment safety and graffiti checks.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and act on own initiative.
  • Ability to work as part of team when required.
  • Ability to manage confrontation with the public including verbally aggressive adults and youths.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at various levels.
  • Ability to complete a variety of inspection/incident reports.
  • Dog welfare/handling skills.

This post qualifies for weekend enhancement, shift allowance and standby duty payments.

A police national check will be undertaken for the successful candidate.

This post is being offered as a 6-month fixed term contract.

Please note the duties for this post are under review.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Faith Watson, Community Safety Team Operations Manager on 01279 446514

Note: ECC are advertising this role on behalf of Harlow Council.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please click here to apply.

If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email