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Visitor Ranger recruitment begins

Perth & Kinross Council has started recruiting a team of Visitor Rangers to support responsible tourism in rural areas over the summer period.

Last year, lockdown restrictions led to an influx of visitors to Perth and Kinross beauty spots such as Loch Clunie and Loch Tummel.

While the majority of tourists behaved responsibly and took care to protect the landscape, a minority engaged in littering, dirty camping and other anti-social behaviours.

Not only does this ruin the environment for other visitors, it is also upsetting for those who live in those areas.

The Rangers will be responsible for reminding visitors of their responsibilities and act as a point of contact for local residents who wish to raise any issues or concerns. Residents can also contact Perth & Kinross Council via email.

The Fixed Term posts require people who are customer focused, comfortable dealing with members of the public and capable of diplomacy, decisiveness and enforcement and a willingness to work evenings and weekends.

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.

"We also know that while most visitors want to leave areas as they found them, a few people may need to be reminded of their responsibilities.

"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."

Perth & Kinross Council is leading a multi-agency Visitor Management Working Group including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Forestry & Land Scotland and other agencies to manage the 2021 season.

Its works focuses on three areas Engagement, Enforcement and Infrastructure.

Successful applicants will be given training, a uniform and a vehicle.

The seven temporary posts are being advertised now.