Lead Ranger

National Trust

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
£27,191 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC71579

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 23rd November 2018   6 days left


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 to ensure all our land achieves high nature conservation status, improve the condition of our SSSIs and contribute to creating and restoring priority habitats.

This role is a fixed term contract for two years, starting in January 2019. Secondments will be accepted for this role. Please also read the background information attached to the advert.

What it's like to work here

Marsden Moor: Marsden Moor Estate comprises 2,301 hectares of moorland. The estate is situated at the head of the Colne Valley in West Yorkshire and encompasses the northerly most part of the Peak District National Park. The majority of the estate now subject to HLS agreements with Natural England and the grazing commoners. Marsden Moor is a landscape steeped in history, from prehistoric man to historic trans-Pennine transport routes.

Hardcastle Crags: Beautiful wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart. A beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares of unspoilt woodland, haymeadows and permanent pasture. As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles of footpaths.

East Riddlesden Hall: A little oasis in a busy urban area. Imagine stepping 400 years back in time into the home of a 17th-century cloth merchant. The intimate gardens, with an ever-changing palette of colour, offer a peaceful space to relax and unwind in. The flood plain grasslands and riverside footpath offer an ideal opportunity to stretch your legs before you depart. East Riddlesden Hall is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon.

What you'll be doing

This role involves being part of the Property Leadership Team. You’ll report directly to the Countryside 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 West Yorkshire Group. You will manage the properties by delivering the existing HLS and Countryside Stewardship schemes, 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 commoners, farm tenants and develop recreation and access opportunities across the Group.

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 brings 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 high number of partner organisations, tenants/commoners, neighbours 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 with those of a busy 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 click here.

Closing date: 23rd November 2018
Interview date: 4th December 2018 (at either Marsden Moor or Hardcastle Crags)

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