Countryside Ranger / Volunteer Co-ordinator

Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme

Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
£26,999 - £28,785 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 22nd September 2019  

Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme

Countryside Ranger / Volunteer Co-ordinator (FT)

Post: Fixed term contract until 31/03/2024

Do you have the passion, drive, experience and enthusiasm to help deliver a new, innovative five-year scheme comprising 20 ambitious projects? The Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership has been awarded £1.68m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Together with partner match funding, this £2.7m scheme aims to enhance the natural, historic and cultural heritage of this stunning, historic landscape through encouraging widespread community engagement and involvement.

You will be responsible, as part of a small team, for successful scheme delivery by 2024 and for ensuring it creates lasting memories and a legacy for the area. The team will comprise a Landscape Partnership Manager (FT), a Heritage and Community Engagement Officer (FT), a Communications Officer (PT), a Support Officer (PT) and this post. The Landscape Partnership team will form part of, and be supported by, the Cranborne Chase AONB team. To view the Landscape Conservation Action Plan and projects click here:

As Countryside Ranger you will have specific responsibility for leading the development, implementation and delivery of the Nurturing Nature, Crystal Clear Ebble, Wonderful Woodlands and Ancient Ways projects in the Natural /Historic Landscape themes, whilst having a significant input to other projects as required and appropriate.

You’ll have at least 3 years extensive knowledge and experience of countryside management, a thorough understanding of landscape, nature conservation and public access issues, a proven track record of working collaboratively with partner organisations and be an inspiring people-person with excellent interpersonal skills. You’ll also have a strong appreciation of historic and cultural heritage.

Working in a variety of habitats that include some of the finest chalk grassland in the country, extensive ancient woodland and the River Ebble (Chalke) valley together with major historic route ways such as the Ox Drove and the surrounding network of Rights of Way, you’ll be experienced in practical conservation and estate tasks and techniques.

Developing and building a major volunteer programme is a key element of the role, hence you’ll have proven experience of recruiting, motivating, training and managing volunteers. You’ll enjoy sharing your passion for the countryside with a wide range of communities including ‘hard to reach’ groups; some of whom may face challenges accessing the area, helping them to enjoy, learn and take advantage of this stunning area for their health and wellbeing. You’ll relish the opportunity to help provide inspiring activities, information, interpretation and environmental education.

If you are a highly motivated, experienced ranger, an enthusiastic team player, with bags of enthusiasm and a love of the outdoors that will inspire others, then we’d love to hear from you.

For further details and to apply please click on the 'More information' link below.

For an informal discussion please contact Linda Nunn, AONB Director on 01725 517417 or

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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