Assistant Ranger

The National Trust

Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
£17,375 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC101625

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 16th May 2021  


The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. Working in some of the nation’s most stunning places and spaces, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.

What it's like to work here

Ashridge is a large and diverse countryside property in the Chilterns. Probably best known for its woodlands, the estate contains the largest area of in hand woodland in the Trust, including ancient woodlands as well as hundreds of ancient and veteran trees on the wooded commons. The calcareous chalk downland is renowned for the rich diversity of species this habitat supports including Pasqueflowers and a thriving population of Duke of Burgundy butterflies.

There are multiple national and international designations covering both the woodlands and chalk grassland including SSSIs, SAC, scheduled monuments and Grade II* listed parkland. Surrounded by tenanted farmland, this thriving estate attracts an increasing number of visitors every year. We are looking for an enthusiastic countryside worker, who is willing to learn and is ready to hit the ground running alongside a small, dedicated and hardworking team of rangers.

What you'll be doing

With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and machinery, and your passion will inspire others to love this beautiful place as much as you do. You’ll be involved in all aspects of our outdoor work including chalk grassland management, scrub control, halo-thinning of veteran trees, and thinning of plantation woodlands. You will also help to maintain the estate infrastructure and extensive rights of way network, while ensuring that visitors have a first-rate experience at Ashridge.

Please also read the full role profile.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you'll need to:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to work alongside volunteers and be able to support them to perform at their best
  • Have a commitment to customer service standards and experience of its delivery
  • Demonstrate a passion for nature and the outdoors
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Have good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained

And you'll need to demonstrate the following experience on your CV;

  • Practical experience in land, conservation and access management, to level 2 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
  • Some experience of delivering engagement activities that help build or strengthen visitors’ connections with nature and the outdoors
  • Familiarity with machinery/equipment and practical certificates as required by the property

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