Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger - Occombe

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Paignton, Devon

Volunteer • Part Time


Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 1st July 2024   6 days left

TITLE: Volunteer Trainee Countryside Ranger – Occombe
REPORTS TO: Ranger Team Leader
SALARY: Voluntary
HOURS: 4 days per week for 9-12 months

Free basic accommodation is provided and there is a budget for relevant training.


The main focus will be on carrying out practical habitat management across a wide variety of our sites. Some of the key work areas include limestone grassland management, scrub clearance and woodland management in the winter. Coast path cutting and footpath maintenance in the summer. You will also get involved with site patrols, boardwalk repairs, fencing and livestock checks.


  • 9 – 12 month training programme – 4 days a week
  • Free on site accommodation including bills (excl TV licence)
  • Training budget to spend on external courses of choice but must include First Aid and Brushcutter courses
  • Work experience in a successful organisation that will demonstrate your abilities and commitment to future employers
  • Full mentorship throughout your placement from an experienced member of staff guiding you through your professional development, including 1:1’s and a reference for future employers
  • Working in a supportive environment alongside other long-term volunteers
  • Networking opportunities within the organisation, partner organisations and other organisations that work within the same sector.

“This placement is a wonderful way to get further into the field of conservation and to make connections to learn from. I have learned a lot more about practical conservation work and managing a nature reserve. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work and live in such a special place, working outdoors every day and becoming immersed in the surrounding wildlife.” – Emily Roulston, Trainee Countryside Ranger Jan-Nov 2023 

To apply for the position please visit our recruitment page (www.countryside-trust.org.uk/vacancies) where you will find the job description and an application form. We aim to conduct interviews in person.

For further details about the role, please email Sam Richards, Head Ranger at Occombe Farm [email protected]

Applications close: 9.00am Monday 1st July 2024

Proposed interview date: Wednesday 10th July 2024 (Subject to change)