Lead Ranger

National Trust

Saltash, Devon
£28,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: IRC69591

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 7th October 2018  

Lead Ranger

£28,000 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC69591


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 looking to recruit a Lead Ranger to join our team on the Cotehele estate to ensure excellent, sustainable care and conservation is delivered across all our in hand land including our woodlands.

What it's like to work here

Nestled on the Cornish banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele house and estate is the ancestral home of the Edgcumbe family. It is a place of peace and calm, where visitors can disconnect from the pace of modern life and share the Edgcumbes affection for their country retreat.

The Cotehele estate comprises 1300 acres including four farms, a number of agricultural and horticultural small holdings, 90 residential cottages and 8 holiday cottages. Everywhere there are reminders of the productive past of the Tamar Valley. The Tamar sailing barge Shamrock is moored on the Quay, the Mill still rumbles in operation. Evidence of mining and market gardening point to the industrial and agricultural richness of the land and we aim to ensure Cotehele also has a productive future.

You will be leading the Ranger team at an exciting time and will be pivotal in driving forward both great conservation and an outstanding experience for visitors in our outdoor spaces. Working with the General Manager and Estate Manager, you will play a lead role in developing our 50 year vision for the estate and developing our Estate Management Plan.

What you'll be doing

This role involves being part of the Property Leadership Team. You’ll report directly to the General Manager, and will manage a team of Rangers and volunteers, working closely with the rest of the Heads of Department.

As Lead Ranger, you’ll be responsible for the management of a team of Rangers who care for the estate. You will develop and coordinate a wide range of cyclical and response operations, commission specialist contractors and contribute to a programme of conservation and engagement projects. You’ll use your leadership skills and experience in countryside management and woodland 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, support our farm tenants and develop recreation and access opportunities across the property. 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 this special place 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.

This role offers a great opportunity for someone with a balance of strong practical, engagement and management skills. Central to the role will be your ability to balance both the demands of managing and developing our countryside estate with those of a busy, high profile visitor environment.

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;

  • An experienced people manager with the ability to lead a team to deliver effectively
  • An excellent communicator with experience in stakeholder management
  • Experienced in project management
  • Experienced in relevant land, conservation and access management
  • Customer aware and take pride on delivering excellent customer service
  • Organised and self-motivated, confidently able to manage a demanding workload with competing pulls on your time
  • Confident in managing budgets, finances and contracts
  • Knowledgeable in health and safety requirements and other compliance issues relating to the countryside and visitor activities.

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country

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 Food & Beverage outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

For further information and to apply, please follow the more information link below.

Closing date: 07 October 2018

Interview date: 22 October 2018

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