Volunteer Coast and Countryside Ranger

National Trust

The Lizard, Cornwall

Volunteer • Full Time

www.nationaltrust.org.uk//lizard darren.neville@nationaltrust.org.uk 01326 291174 Darren Neville

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 9th February 2018  

This role provides a great opportunity to work within a dynamic ranger team and develop new skills and experience in conservation. The focus of this role will be outdoor, practical coast & countryside work, and may involve assisting at events.

By getting involved, you could

  • Feel the wind in your hair in one of Cornwall’s unique places.
  • Join a friendly and varied team and make some new friends.
  • Learn new countryside skills and help look after important landscapes for future generations.
  • Get ‘on the job’ training with experienced rangers and (depending on work plans) access to more formal courses to further your career e.g. first aid, brushcutter use.
  • Learn about the Lizard’s unique history, landscape and it’s wildlife and conservation.
  • Use your passion for the outdoors and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with both locals and visitors.

What's involved?

  • Helping the ranger team with practical work to keep the countryside in great condition and to a high standard of conservation and presentation.
  • Using tools, machinery and equipment and maintaining them in a safe working order in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Working on all types of terrain and ground conditions in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Learning more about The Lizard Peninsula, its history, landscape, nature and archaeology.
  • Maintaining good relationships with people who share the land.
  • Sharing what’s great about The Lizard with local people and visitors; helping people understand why we need to take care of special places; making people feel welcome and helping them have a safe and enjoyable day.
  • Assisting with events and education projects across the Lizard Peninsula.
  • Contributing to National Trust social media and blogs.
  • Working in compliance with the Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times.
  • AND there might be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with….
  • Accommodation can be provided if needed

N.B Application is via CV and covering letter to darren.neville@nationaltrust.org.uk by the end of Friday 9th February 2018.

This role will suit you if you are...

  • Outdoorsy, whatever the weather’s doing.
  • Reasonably fit and healthy and able to do a lot of walking and practical tasks.
  • Keen to work with people and animals.
  • Passionate about the countryside and keen to find out the best spots on The Lizard
  • Available to volunteer at least 28 hrs / week (by negotiation) for a suggested time of 6-12 months.
  • An excellent communicator, willing to get involved and work as part of a team.

Extra information

  • We’ll help you get to know Lizard Point, how you can help and how you will work with the rest of the team – with induction and training
  • We provide equipment to help you do this role well and safely
  • We’ll also cover agreed costs of your travel between home and Lizard Point
  • If you need accommodation while you are volunteering with us, you could apply for your own private room in a shared house owned by the National Trust. If taking a place in the shared accommodation, household running costs will be covered by the Trust but you will be expected to pay for your own food and personal items. You will share the accommodation with four other volunteers.
  • The house, based near the picturesque Carleon Cove on the east coast of the Peninsula (TR12 7LR), is a recently renovated farmhouse with woodfired central heating and solar water heating. There is a broadband internet connection at the house.
  • Many volunteer rangers come to us as recent graduates looking to gain practical experience to go with their qualifications. Others come to us as a route to a career change, or as a career break. Some fund their stay by working part-time, others live off savings, and some claim Job Seekers Allowance, but must prove they are actively looking for work to qualify. Many of our volunteers go on to secure employment in the conservation sector, including National Trust, Natural England, Wildlife Trusts and Forestry Commission, or as self employed contractors.

About the Lizard - The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall has some of the most dramatic coastline in the region. It is an extremely important and diverse area for wildlife, with cliffs and heathland designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest for their flora and fauna, including many rare species. The unspoilt coastal landscape, including iconic beaches such as Kynance Cove, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. The National Trust manages many of the key visitor attractions locally, including over 10 miles of the South West Coast Path, Mullion Harbour, the cliffs that comprise the Most Southerly Point of the British Mainland, and the tranquil Helford River woods. The Lizard ranger team, along with many dedicated volunteers, are also responsible for car parks and other visitor facilities, safeguarding heritage - ranging from historical ruins to fishing cellars and Marconi’s wireless huts, and working in partnership with tenants to care for farmland. We also have a strong emphasis on events and education hosting a variety of local school groups and public events throughout the year. From April to September we also open the wildlife watchpoint daily, inspiring thousands of visitors with great sightings of Cornish choughs, various sea and coastal birds, dolphins, porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and more.

To find out more about The Lizard and our work visit www.lizardandpenrose.blogspot.com | www.twitter.com/LizardNT | www.facebook.com/LizardNT | www.the-lizard.org |

N.B Application is via CV and covering letter to darren.neville@nationaltrust.org.uk by the end of Friday 9th February 2018.

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