Area Ranger

National Trust

Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset
£25,662 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 21st August 2022  


As a conservation champion and lover 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 enthusiasm will inspire others as you strive to ensure that our landscapes are safe and beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.

What it's like to work here

To become part of our dedicated team, you'll need to enjoy working with people, love the outdoors, and where appropriate, deliver through others. We're fortunate to be skilfully supported by an experienced and ambitious property team of project staff and specialists in citizen science and engagement. We strive to be open and inclusive, working with many stakeholders from farm tenants, community environmental groups and activity providers. Landscape-scale conservation requires us to work with numerous partners like the RSPB, Natural England and Forestry England. This collaboration demands energy and commitment, but the roles are equally fun and varied in a unique location.

Purbeck is one of the most ecologically diverse landscapes in the UK, hosting internationally important and designated habitats. These include: A significant area of lowland heath, coastal dunes, saltmarsh and cliffs, ancient woodland and calcareous grassland. It's our mission to connect people to Purbeck’s wild coast & countryside through experiences that move, teach and inspire, leading people to share and develop our vision. We aim to work with our partners and stakeholders to ensure Purbeck remains an enchanting place for people of all ages to discover wildlife and connect with nature. 

For more information about our property, please visit:

National Trust treasures in Purbeck | National Trust

Re-introduction of beavers to Purbeck | National Trust

Dynamic Dunescapes at Studland Bay | National Trust

What you'll be doing

As an Area Ranger in Purbeck you'll be joining a team of three, each working over an area of broad specialism, delivering our cause through our stunning countryside property. You'll work closely with your peers to manage and deliver an ambitious work programme which you'll shape and deliver through a team of rangers and volunteers.

The role that has become available means that you'll be leading in estates infrastructure management. This means identifying and implementing work plans for all aspects of physical countryside infrastructure (gates, fences, paths, footbridges, etc.) and connecting people to our amazing countryside and wildlife experiences. You'll oversee an annual budget against your work programme and manage contractors as part of this role. We also have a herd of Exmoor Ponies, and it will be your job to ensure that these are handled to our NT equine standards.

There'll be plenty of opportunity to develop within the role and where possible, we look to build the systems to deliver through others using volunteers and community creatively. You’ll also be responsible for helping with excellent communication of our conservation work to a wide range of audiences, new and existing, through events and engagement with local communities. You'll appreciate the need for our countryside sites to bring in income to deliver our conservation work, helping, where possible, to put funding applications together.

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you have: 

  • Have practical experience of countryside/rural skills
  • Have evidence of good people management and leadership (including with volunteers)
  • Have excellent communication skills including public presentation
  • Have a proven track record of managing and leading on health and safety and environmental compliance (especially around machinery use)
  • Have a full UK Driving licence Some experience in managing livestock and understanding compliance around this
  • Be able to manage contractors and work programmes, including costing and phasing to set realistic budgets
  • Diploma/NVQ3 or higher in countryside or environmental conservation or suitable long-term experience in this sector

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

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