National Trust

Kings Lynn, Norfolk
£19,397 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: IRC61740

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 23rd February 2018   5 days left


We’re looking for an experienced ranger who will join a team consisting of the Outdoors Manager, a gardener and a team of 80 volunteers. If you’re confident at being the ‘lone’ ranger and have good experience in using chainsaws, brush-cutter, strimmer, wood-chipper, lawn-mowers, can drive a tractor and trailer and be confident in managing volunteers all year round, then you’re the person for us.

What it's like to work here

Oxburgh Hall is a 500 year old moated manor house set in 85 acres of grounds, 35 of which are formal gardens, including two formal woodland ‘garden’ areas. We have a large woodland which is being brought back into proper management. We have a small chalk river flowing through the estate and two fields which we are working with a grazier to manage. A breeding pair of barn owls, several bat species, water vole and occasional sighting of otter are of interest. With circa 80,000 visitors a year, the Property Team work closely together to provide a welcoming and enjoyable experience for all.

What you'll be doing

As the ‘lone’ ranger you’ll be assisting the Outdoors Manager in managing the wider estate and co-ordinating the volunteers who are happy to undertake estate management and biological surveying. Other volunteer roles include the garden, kitchen garden and garden steward. Day to day allocation of tasks across the whole estate all year round is shared with the gardener post. There is a requirement for the ranger to assist with maintaining the lawns.

Visitor engagement is a key part of the role. As well as helping to manage the estate, the ranger will encourage wider use of the estate through promoting various activities during the school holidays which help to fulfil the Trust’s Strategy for the ‘Outdoors and Nature’ programme.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully you will need to have:

  • Significant Volunteer Management experience
  • Strong organisational skills
  • A proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety in the work-place, which includes training of volunteers in machinery and writing risk assessments
  • Knowledge of environmental compliance
  • Knowledge of grazing management as well as good ecological knowledge of grasslands, woodlands and river systems
  • Experience in carrying out biological surveys and being able to train volunteers
  • Experience in delivering environmental activities for children
  • Experience in Chainsaw use and to what level including certification
  • Experience in using other machinery, including maintenance and degree of use
  • Experience of managing contractors
  • A First Aid Certificate

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: 23 February 2018

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