Lead Ranger

The National Trust

Seaton, Devon
£27,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: IRC56207

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 01 October 2017


Rangers play a hugely important role at the National Trust, thinking long term to look after our special places. Our new strategy for Land Outdoors and Nature means that we are investing in front line ranger services to help us deliver positive changes at a landscape scale. We are now looking to recruit a Lead Ranger to join our team on the East Devon Countryside portfolio to ensure excellent, sustainable care and conservation is delivered across our rolling countryside and iconic landscapes.

What it's like to work here

The area includes a wide range of landscape and habitat types; from Lower Halsdon, bordering the internationally important Exe Estuary in the West, Dumpdon Hillfort on the Blackdown Hills and the chalk cliffs of the World Heritage Site at Branscombe in the East. The coastal properties are characterised by their cliffs, undercliffs and deep, wooded, coombes. Branscombe, nestling at the junction of three valleys is a classic example of an East Devon coastal village, where the Trust also owns a Water Mill, Forge and former bakery.

What you'll be doing

As Lead Ranger, you’ll be responsible for the management of a team of Rangers who care for our diverse portfolio of countryside sites. You will develop and coordinate a wide range of cyclical and response operations, commission specialist contractors, manage estate produce and contribute to a programme of conservation and engagement projects. You’ll use your leadership skills and experience in countryside management to drive forward our ambitious plans for conservation and visitor engagement.

You’ll put conservation at the heart of everything you do. You’ll be planning and delivering a programme of work to deliver our nature conservation ambitions, and develop recreational and access opportunities across the portfolio. And you’ll always be considering how we can reduce our human footprint on the environment with a long-term focus on care and sustainability.

Leading your team of staff and volunteers, you’ll also ensure every visitor receives a high quality, consistent welcome with access to our unique stories which bring these special places to life. You will be responsible for managing the budgets required to deliver this work and for protecting and enhancing the Trust’s assets and reputation. Due to the number of partner organisations, tenants, neighbours, activity providers and local stakeholders some of your time will be spent sharing our vision and working in partnership with others to help deliver it.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you’ll be a proven leader, proud to work in such a beautiful location and thrive on delivering exceptional care for our environment and our visitors. So, you’ll be;

  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, organised and self-motivated
  • Inspiring, great with people and comfortable working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Enjoy working with and supervising a team and unafraid to give direction and feedback
  • Always ready to share your experiences with visitors and able to bring to new ideas to life
  • customer aware and take pride on delivering excellent customer service
  • Significant practical experience in relevant land, conservation and access management
  • Appropriate qualifications to level 5 (or equivalent level of vocational experience) e.g. chainsaw licence
  • You’ll have a proven track record of managing budgets, finances and contracts
  • Experience of planning and delivering small scale projects and undertaking roles within medium scale projects
  • Proven track record of planning activities & events (including programming) which ensure great visitor experience within a countryside setting     
  • A good knowledge of health and safety requirements and other compliance issues relating to the countryside and visitor activities and events

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing Date: 1st October 2017

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