Assistant Ranger x9

National Trust

Farne Islands, nr Seahouses, Northumberland
£15,891 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC58311

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 21st January 2018   3 days left

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw to 31/07/18)


Rangers have been a part of the National Trust since the beginning, our place in the organisations future means that we need to think long term about how we look after our special places. As part of the wider Ranger team, we need you to think about our impact on the environment, and find better ways to do things.

Working as part of the Northumberland Coast portfolio team, you will help to manage the Farne Islands, a small island group off the Northumberland Coast. The role involves living and working on the islands, as one of 15 rangers and volunteers within the team. The post involves regular weekend, bank holiday, evening and early morning work on a rota basis, with a general working pattern of 5 days out of 7.

Three possible contracts are available: 3.5 months (mid-April – 31st July), 7.5 months (mid-March – 31st October) or 8.5 months (mid-March – 5th December).

What it's like to work here

The Farne Islands’ habitats support 25 species of breeding birds, totalling 83,252 pairs in 2017. Of these, Eider, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Guillemot and Puffin have populations of national or international significance. A Puffin census is completed every five years, with 39,962 breeding pairs in 2013, and 2018 offers the exciting opportunity to be involved in the next census. The islands are also home to around 8,000 Atlantic grey seals, 2.2% of UK population, with over 2000 grey seal pups born in 2017. Research into the grey seal population started in 1956 and continues to this day – making it the longest running research programme in Britain.

The Farne Islands were acquired by the National Trust in 1925. The island group is made up of 25 individual islands at low tide reducing to about 18 at high tide. Inner Farne (16 acres) has a lighthouse and cottage, a Pele tower, and St Cuthbert’s Chapel. The northern saint, Cuthbert, lived as a hermit on Inner Farne for nine years prior to his death in 687. As well as Inner Farne, Staple Island is also open to the public from May - July for access to the breeding seabirds. Nearby Brownsman Island has the remains of an old lighthouse tower and a cottage, once lived in by the Victorian heroine Grace Darling, and a working lighthouse remains on Longstone Island, which is owned and managed by Trinity House.

The Farne Islands are part of the National Trust’s Northumberland Coast portfolio that includes the Farnes, Lindisfarne Castle, the two inland sites of Ros Castle and St Cuthbert’s Cave, and 12 miles of iconic coast over a 40 mile stretch. Between May and August the coast team manage one of the country’s leading little tern nesting sites at the Long Nanny between Beadnell and Low Newton – a site that became the biggest mainland colony of breeding Arctic terns in the country in 2016. Beside the island ranger team, the wider Farne islands team includes the retail team at Seahouses shop, our offsite membership recruitment team based on Seahouses harbour, a portfolio Countryside Manager, Visitor Experience Manager and General Manager. Each year the Farne Islands welcome up to 48,000 visitors, who are brought to the islands by independent boat companies

What you'll be doing

Unlike other Assistant Ranger positions in the National Trust, Rangers on the Farne Islands are responsible for membership sales and retail in addition to conservation work. Typically, you will spend half the day completing seabird monitoring, and half the day welcoming visitors to the shop, landing boats, checking tickets, delivering public talks, or recruiting members. Occasionally situations may arise that require the post holder to perform other duties or tasks as may be reasonably requested by the Trust including work with the wider property on the Northumberland coast and attending training.

Please demonstrate that you can satisfy one or more of the below role requirements:

  • Experience of survey and monitoring work (particularly seabirds)
  • Good bird identification skills
  • Bird ringing licence
  • RYA powerboat level 2
  • Brushcutter certificate
  • First Aid at Work qualification
  • Membership recruitment

This role offers the opportunity to gain first hand practical experience of working on an internationally important wildlife reserve on one of the country’s finest coastlines. The role is not only focussed on seabird monitoring and practical conservation work, but also requires selling skills, as building support for our conservation work through membership recruitment and retail sales are a daily aspect of the Assistant Ranger role.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you'll need to:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to work alongside volunteers and be able to support them to perform at their best
  • Have a commitment to customer service standards and experience of its delivery
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature and the outdoors
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Have good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained

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: 21 January 2018

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