Lead Ranger

National Trust

East Dean, East Sussex
£27,735 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Reference: IRC81082

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 5th February 2020  


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 South Downs to ensure excellent, sustainable care and conservation is delivered across all of our countryside.

Please note this role is likely to start either on or after 01st March 2020. More information will be provided at Interview Stage.

What it's like to work here

You'll be responsible for managing a range of places at the eastern end of South Downs. Land on the Cuckmere river valley, chalk grassland and chalk heath habitats in addition to archaeological features and the historic interest add to the diversity of the role. We are able to offer excellent opportunities to engage with our visitors whether they are walking and cycling at our properties or as part of our learning or events programme.

You would lead a team of Rangers delivering projects to create and restore priority habitat, protect our places and improve our learning offer.

Your main base sits at the eastern end of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The iconic views form part of one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast.

What you'll be doing

The role involves being part of the wider South Downs countryside team and reports directly to the Countryside Manager. You will lead a team of Rangers and Volunteers who care for the countryside properties at the eastern end of the South Downs. You will work closely with the commercial and visitor welcome team at Birling Gap continuing to ensure excellent communication between the different departments.

As Lead Ranger, you'll be responsible for the management of a team of Rangers who care for our countryside properties. You’ll 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 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’ll 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

Benefits for working at the National Trust:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Discounts in high street stores, cinemas, National Trust properties and cafes.
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Generous annual leave
  • Subsidised health cash plan
  • Free 24-hour support service
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Training & Development tailored to you
  • Up to 5 days of paid volunteering for you.

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Closing Date: 5th February 2020

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